Recent reports from Auto Express have revealed Ford's next generation Ford Fiesta ST, and it looks like it will be a cracker. Sporting a 150kW 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine, it will quench both the fuel conscious and performance thirsty consumers.
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Auto Express also managed to capture the new car being tested at the Nurburgring where, the report says, it was being run along side a RenaultSport Clio 200. This proves new ST will fit nicely into the category of high performance super minis. Cars like the Renault Clio 200, the new Volkswagen Polo GTI and Audi A1 S-Line, and the John Cooper Works Mini Cooper S will be its main rivals.

Reports expect the new Fiesta ST to cover the 0-100km/h benchmark in around six seconds and go on to a top speed of 225km/h, making it one fast super mini.

Judging by these images the car will be garnished with plenty of go-fast bits too, such as the almost impossible to miss chunky Recaro buckets seats in the front, the presence of a large front-mounted intercooler behind the front bumper bar, and twin exhaust outlets that poke out under an aggressive rear diffuser.

By the looks of it there's also increased track measurements with wider and larger wheels, an angry little bodykit with pumped wheel arches, and lowered sports suspension.

Ford is yet to confirm definite release dates but sources say to expect the model to go on sale in Europe half way through next year.

Australia will likely get a Ford Fiesta 'XR4' badged version which could be detuned somewhat to around 135kW. Local sources expect the XR4 to hit the market some time in mid-2011 as well.

Source: Auto Express