2012 LA Preview: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST zooms into the States with 197-hp

As promised, Ford announced today that the high-performance Fiesta ST will be available in the United States very soon. The new 2014 Ford Fiesta ST will be making its North American public debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show tomorrow.

Power for the Fiesta ST comes from a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost making 197-hp and 214 lb-ft of torque – which is faster than the 181-hp Mini Cooper S.

“This is a rewarding car to rev,” says Mark Roberts, Fiesta calibration supervisor. “With 177 lb.-ft. of torque available from just 1,600 rpm and 214 lb.-ft. by 3,500 rpm, Fiesta ST gives the performance and feel of an engine twice its size. There’s no waiting at all for the power to just push you back in your seat.”

The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST will be offered exclusively as a five-door hatch in North America and will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission allowing for up to an estimated 34 mpg.

Prices will be announced closer to launch.

– By: Omar Rana