Ford has always had a knack for developing cars that send petrol heads into a frenzy. The Sierra Cosworth RS had a decent rallying pedigree and still has some impressive performance figures by today’s standards. The Fiesta XR2 may not have been the best looking or as well-equipped as its competitors but it was certainly the most fun.
This all means that the Fiesta ST of today had a lot to live up to, and with a new model going on sale in early 2018, it’s only right that we take a look and see just how much the little car will have to live up to.
The Fiesta has been a best-seller in worldwide for decades now, and the previous Fiesta ST (the MK7-generation model) is already a true legend. Boasting just 180 horsepower, it’s not a very powerful car, and the average person would tell you to buy any of its competitors due to an assumed lack of speed. How wrong they’d be…
Although the slowest on paper against the likes of the Peugeot 206 GTI and the Vauxhall Corsa VXR, neither of those two models can match the Fiesta in the corners or under braking. This has been a common theme with Fast Fords — engineers got the ST down to a tee with precise steering and minimal body roll, largely thanks to the sophisticated torque vectoring system.
Fortunately, the Fiesta ST isn’t a one-trick pony — it’s more than just a pocket rocket and is very capable of being an everyday driver, offering many creature comforts. As a hatchback, it has a lot of cargo space for its size, and its 1.6 Ecoboost engine can deliver well in excess of 40 MPG in highway driving.
The few niggle you’d find as you clocked up the miles include the slightly firm suspension at low speed and the lack of options when adjusting the seat, which can become irritating on longer journeys. Furthermore, regardless of the trim level you pick, the interior does little to excite the senses, with cheap plastic being common throughout the interior (it is a subcompact car after all). An outdated infotainment screen could also leave you edging towards the competitors.
While these shortcomings may be frustrating to some, they take nothing away from the purpose of this car, which was always to blast down B-roads. Why would Apple CarPlay matter when you can listen to the punchy 1.6 growl and the tires screech as you throw it around your local country roads?
Overall, the current Fiesta does everything you want it to do. It’s quick and agile, corners like a dream, can deliver very impressive fuel economy figures, and doesn’t look too shabby.
From what we hear, the new Fiesta ST is even better, addressing most of the issues of the MK7 Fiesta ST.
Ford To Stop Making Cars Except Mustang And Focus Active
Ford has announced that it will no longer sell cars, except for the Mustang and Focus Active, in North America. And by cars, we mean sedans, hatchbacks, coupes, and convertibles — basically anything that isn’t a crossover, SUV or truck.
The latest Taurus, Focus sedan and Fusion will not be replaced after their current production run comes to an end. Once they are gone, 90 percent of Ford’s sales will come from trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles by 2020.
Just two car models, the Mustang and the Focus Active crossover, will live on. The former is the most popular sports coupe in the world, while the latter is crossover-esque enough to warrant its continuation.
Jim Hackett, president and CEO, stated:
“We are committed to taking the appropriate actions to drive profitable growth and maximize the returns of our business over the long term. Where we can raise the returns of underperforming parts of our business by making them more fit, we will. If appropriate returns are not on the horizon, we will shift that capital to where we can play and win.”
Ford says it is looking at new “white space” vehicles that could combine the best attributes of cars and SUVs. It will also shift the spared resources to its ambitious electrification initiative, which will see models like the F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape, and new Bronco all receiving hybrid powertrains variants in the near future, as well as the introduction of an all-electric SUV in 2020.
In all, Ford’s plan to release 16 full or partial electric vehicles by 2022.
New, 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Is The Fastest, Most Powerful Cobra Jet Yet
The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet celebrates the iconic drag strip race car’s 50th anniversary and is the fastest and most powerful Mustang Cobra Jet ever created.
Built by the Ford Performance Parts team, the latest Mustang Cobra Jet is powered by a supercharged 5.2L Coyote V8 that lets it complete the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range at a top speed of 150 mph (241.4 km/h), which is faster than the Dodge Demon’s claimed quarter mile of 9.6 seconds at 140 mph (241.4 km/h).
Other performance highlights include a unique four-link rear suspension, a 9-inch solid rear axle from Strange Engineering, and a drag race-specific coil-over suspension with specially designed Weld Racing wheels with 50th anniversary badging
The interior is equipped with Racetech FIA seats and A NHRA-certified roll cage. There’s also an optional 50th-anniversary graphics package for those who want a bit more flair.
Only 68 units of the purpose-built drag racer will be made, each painted in either Race Red or Oxford White. Unfortunately, none of them will have VINs, meaning they can’t be registered to drive on the street.
Needless to say, performance has reached a whole new level of bonkers. Two American, V8 drag-racing monsters — the Mustang Cobra Jet and the Dodge Demon — going at it at the drag strip. Brace yourself, folks.
Ford Mustang Is World’s Best Selling Sports Coupe For 3 Consecutive Years
The Ford Mustang was the world’s best-selling sports coupe in 2017, marking the third year in a row that it has claimed the top spot.
Ford sold 125,809 units of its popular muscle car in more than 80 countries in 2017, with the United States accounting for most of those sales at 81,866 units.
With 7,125 registrations, the Mustang was also the best-selling sports coupe in China, while the most popular global configuration was the GT trim powered by the 5.0-liter V8 engine.
Ford sales analyst Erich Merkle stated:
“The world loves Ford Mustang. For years, Mustang was unobtainable for customers on most parts of the planet. It could only be found on TV or the internet, and now it rolls down streets from Beijing to São Paulo.”
Ford also announced that the Mustang will participate in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series — professional stock car racing’s top league — for the first time, starting with Daytona in February.