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by Tim Beissmann

We have already seen the Ford Fiesta ST Concept in three-door form – now Ford has released the first images of the five-door Fiesta ST Concept.

The unveiling of a second concept in near-production-ready form removes any doubt that the hot Fiesta hatch will enter production in the near future.

Ford admits as much too, explaining the Fiesta ST Concept:

“signals the next step in Ford Motor Company’s global performance vehicle strategy and hints at how a future Fiesta ST model might look when it joins the Focus ST in the global small car portfolio.”

The five-door Fiesta ST Concept is almost identical to the three-door head-turner that debuted at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

A 1.6-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine sits under the bonnet, producing 132kW of power and 240Nm of torque – giving it the same power and just 10Nm fewer than the Volkswagen Polo GTI.

Unlike the Polo however, the Fiesta will be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, which should help keep the price of the production model down as well as excite traditional sports car fans.

Ford says the Fiesta ST Concept can accelerate from 0-100km/h in less than seven seconds (the five-door Polo GTI does it in 6.9 seconds) and will go on to a top speed in excess of 220km/h.

The Fiesta ST Concept takes styling cues from its big brother, the Focus ST, particularly the prominent trapezoidal honeycomb mesh grille, front bumper and fog light design, Y-spoke 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, large rear spoiler and bold diffuser with twin exhausts.

If the Fiesta ST follows the same concept-to-production timeline as the Focus ST, a production model should debut later next year ahead of an international launch early in 2013.




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