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Old 12-03-2018, 08:12 AM   #1
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Question My car of the day, new Fiesta ST.

Ford has a big task on improving on what was a very good hot hatch that was the previous generation ST. So with the new ST due in the summer, could this new one be even better? The big change is the introduction of a new 1.5 -litre 3 cylinder 197 BHP engine, trouble is now this new engine will need to work extra hard to get the same amount of power as the old engine from the last gen ST. The new engine gets cylinder deactivation thanks to camshaft tech that can shut down the valves on cylinder number one. With 290 MN of torque plus an over-boost feature, a quaife limited slip-diff and launch control are all optional. Standard kit includes torque vectoring, a short-shift gear lever and sticky compound Michelin pilot sport tyers. 0-60 is timed at 6.5 seconds and top speed is 144 MPH. Work has also gone on to improve the chassis so we have the front track that is 48 MM wider than on the previous ST and torsional rigidity is up by eight per cent. There's also some chassis bracing underneath for a more "connected feel". A thicker torsion beam rear axle with clever force vectoring spring and frequency- dependent damper technology.



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Old 12-03-2018, 08:55 AM   #2
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Just no. The previous version is not a bad looking car and if you pedal it properly, it's more than capable of embarrasing more expensive cars, but a 1.5 3 cylinder engine??
Just no.
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Old 12-03-2018, 09:01 AM   #3
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My car of the day, new Fiesta ST.

It's morphing into a B-Max !

Saw one of the new Fiestas the other day, didn't like the LED running lights at all and appears to have lost its youthful appeal, especially in 5 door...

Now the ST, in concept, yes and the new engine tech could be great, but in an ST and from these photos, no from me - perhaps it's due to the colour - no contrasting colour or 5 door or ?? Just not doing it for me...
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Not sure.
It kinda looks like an a-class from the back?
But not a fan from the near side-on angle, looks too square at the rear
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No, too many flaws in my opinion.

Looks - subjective thing but I think it looks good - but then, Im not the target market for this car.

Interior looks boring and dull and too much grainy plastic - reminds me of elephant hide. Ford still cant seem to get their steering wheels right. They look the same as from the early 2000's

And then there's the engine. Bet fuel economy is actually worse than the previous model with this 3 cylinder. Probably sounds quite fruity though
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back end of a mondeo estate meets the front end of a miniature focus rs, Must of taken ford designers an afternoon down the pub to think of this.

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That interior looks very low rent and dated - Ford are really losing their way at the moment
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I agree with the above comments re interior but I have to say I LOVE the colour!
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Have we all forgotten something? is this not meant to be all about the fun factor of driving it?, agree the interiors in sons 2015 Red edition let the rest of a great car down.
But as always in the flesh that's important, so in red with black roof I bet it will look better.
Pound for pound the Fiesta for a Mild hot hatch are hard to beat IMHO and before my son got his I have never been into ford at all apart from proper old school RS200 MK1 & 2Mexico, and Capri 3 ltr S oh and 3dr cossie.
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Wasn't a huge fan of the previous model despite the excellent reviews. This one for me looks even worse and bar the screen in the centre the interior looks extremely boring.

The designers are really struggling for inspiration currently.

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