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Pocket Rocket: MK7 Ford Fiesta ST Review

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2014 Ford Fiesta ST

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 An outdated infotainment screen could also leave you edging towards the competitors.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.

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Ford Mustang Gets Grabber Lime Paint In Tribute To St. Paddy’s Day

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Grabber Lime

Saint Patrick approves! Your friends will be green with envy at your.

To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Ford has introduced several new exterior colors for the 2020 Mustang, including Grabber Lime.

The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will also be offered with the high-impact green hue, complete with a metallic finish that causes the shade to change depending on sunlight. It draws inspiration from vintage Mustang colors of the 1970s is said to look more potent than kryptonite.

We think it suits the Shelby GT500 just fine, seeing as it’s the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle to date. A supercharged 5.2 liter V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower helps it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds.

“It’s lime green on steroids,” said Barb Whalen, Ford color and materials manager. “This color traces back to a Mustang heritage color while bringing it forward with more modern, dynamic pigments and bold new energy.”

Grabber Lime is just one of the new colors added to the 2020 Mustang lineup, with Twister Orange, Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic being the others. Their addition is part of broader set of updates for Ford’s popular sixth generation muscle car.

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New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Grabber Lime, Clover

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New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Has A 180 MPH (290 KM/H) Top Speed

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New 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500

As much of a king the GT500 is, it won’t be the king of speed.

The is the most powerful road-going car ever made by Ford, but it’s not the fastest. A factory-installed speed limiter restricts its top speed.

Car and Driver was able to learn that the Blue Oval’s ultimate pony car will be quipped with a governor that limits top speed to 180 mph (290 km/h), meaning it won’t go as fast as top versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is powered by a supercharged 5.2L V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the low 3 second range and cover the quarter mile in less than 11 seconds. Engineers likely chose to improve handling at the expense of top speed, tweaking aerodynamics for maximum downforce and fine-tuning the suspension and steering.

We think driving enthusiasts will have a thrilling experience at reasonable speeds.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 goes on sale in summer 2019. Do you have an issue with its top speed?

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New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Turns Up The Heat On Camaro, Challenger

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New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, red look

The new GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever built.

Ford turned up the heat at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show with the unveiling of the new, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, its answer to the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

A supercharged, 5.2L V8 breathes under the hood of this monster from Dearborn, producing “more than 700 horsepower” transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. Unfortunately, there is no option for a manual transmission.

By comparison, the most recent Mustang GT350 — formerly the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever built — cranks out 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque from a naturally-aspirated 5.2L flat-plane crankshaft V8 that’s paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

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It’s not just a supercharger and a more sophisticated gearbox that sets the GT500 apart from the lesser GT350, however. Ford’s engineers also equipped bigger brakes, notably 16.5-inch, two-piece rotors that embarrass the Challenger Hellcat’s massive serving trays; a cooling system that allows for 50 percent more airflow over the engine; revised aerodynamics that improve downforce; and a re-tuned suspension with standard MagneRide.

Buyers can further enhance their car with an available Handling Package and Carbon Fiber Track Pack. The former includes adjustable strut top mounts and a spoiler with an integrated Gurney flap, while the latter (as you would expect) adds lots of carbon fiber bits inside and out and a set of Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that are more track-ready than the standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S.

All the standard and optional performance goodies combine to allow this Ford to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the “mid-3-second” range and complete the quarter mile in under 11 seconds.

Visually, the Mustang Shelby GT 500 gets a wider front grille and a more muscular hood than the GT350, as well as wider front and rear fenders, a new rear spoiler and updated composite materials in the rear diffuser. Highlights of the interior include Recaro seats, a 12-speaker B&O Play audio system are available, and unique Shelby badging.

Which would you choose: The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Let us know in the comments below, stating your reasons why.

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