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Pocket Rocket: MK7 Ford Fiesta ST Review

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2014 Ford Fiesta ST

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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 showrooms 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 An outdated infotainment screen could also leave you edging towards the competitors.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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New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Costs More Than Camaro ZL1

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The Blue Oval’s high-octane muscle car is priced to matched its performance.

Ford has announced pricing details for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever.

With a starting price of $73,995, the latest Mustang Shelby GT500 is priced higher than the Chevy Camaro ZL1 ($64,695) and Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye ($73,440). It is also $12,460 more expensive than the less powerful sibling, the Shelby GT350.

Adding the Carbon Fiber Track package increases the price to $90,000 but adds carbon fiber wheels covered in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tires, a carbon fiber wing and dive planes. The package eliminates the rear seats to cut weight.

The optional $1,500 handling package gets you adjustable strut top mounts, a Gurney flap and removable splitter end plates, while the $3,000 technology package comes with a better audio system, a navigation system, rain-sensing wipers, a blind-spot monitor, and puddle lamps.

Engineers went the extra mile to make the new Mustang Shelby GT500 a capable everyday driver and not just a track-carving monster, but shouldn’t underscore the massive supercharged 5.2L V8 breathing under its hoods. Billed as the world’s most power-dense supercharged production V8, the powerplant produces 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft. of torque, sent to the rear wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

If you could only choose only one, which would it be — 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye? Let us know in the comments below.

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New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Officially Makes 760HP

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This Mustang has the world’s most power-dense supercharged production V8.

We already knew the new, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 would be the most powerful street-legal Ford ever, but we didn’t know precisely how much power drivers would have to play with. Until now, that is…

Ford has announced that the GT500’s 5.2-liter supercharged V8 — paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that spinsthe rear wheels — produces 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft. of torque, making it the “most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V8 engine in the world.”

The high-octane Mustang is more powerful than the 650-hp Chevy Camaro ZL1, but it falls short of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye’s 797-hp 6.2L V8. It can complete the quarter-mile run in under 11 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 miles per hour (289.6 kilometers per hour).

In addition to the powerful, Ford’s engineers applied a revised front fascia that improves the drivetrain cooling capacity by 50 percent, an optional Carbon Fiber Track Package featuring a much larger rear wing that makes 500 pounds (227 kilograms) of downforce at 180 mph, carbon fiber wheels, and nicely-bolstered Recaro seats.

The 2020 Shelby GT500 goes on sale in summer 2019. Do you want one?

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Electric Ford Mustang Classic Comes To Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Electric Ford Mustang 1960 Classic

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Old hardware gets infused with new tech to deliver what is presumably an exhilarating experience.

Ford brought an electric Ford Mustang to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but it’s not the modern electric Mustang you probably expected. This one is on the ‘classic’ end of the spectrum.

Developed by Britain’s Charge Cars, the model in question is a 1960s Mustang with a fully-electric drivetrain. More specifically, engineers swapped out the gas guzzling V8 for four electric motors, one for each wheel to effectively create an all-wheel drive system.

Electric Ford Mustang 1960 Classic Car

The four electric motors get their energy from a 64 kWh battery pack and generate a combined 536 horsepower and 885 lb-ft. of torque, allowing the electric Mustang to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 3.99 seconds, reach a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h), and drive up to 200 miles (322 km) on a full charge.

Charge Cars plans to only build 499 units of the charged up classic Mustang, and you’ll have to pay a lot to get one. Prices start at at £300,000 ($380,620).

That out of the way, watch this classic 1965 Ford Mustang get drunk on autonomous tech.

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