You can’t buy Ken Block’s 600-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta WRC car. Technically, you could probably buy on just like it if you had the $500,000 price of admission, but it wouldn’t be street legal and it wouldn’t exactly be pleasant as a daily driver. Now Ford is offering up the next best thing, but the jury is still out on whether or not we’ll get it in the United States.
Called the Fiesta ST, the diminutive hot hatch is the latest concept from Ford. Powered by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine good for 176 horsepower, the sportiest Fiesta model can run from 0 to 60 in under seven seconds, on the way to a top speed of around 135 miles per hour. Thanks to its small size and light weight, the car should return impressive fuel economy, though Ford isn’t releasing any estimates on that.
As you’d expect from a car with sporting intentions, Ford has lowered the ride height and widened the car’s track for a better stance. It’s got firmer dampers and 17-inch wheels, too, although those tires look a little bit on the narrow side for any kind of serious driving.
If you like it, let Ford know. The car has been given the green light for production, but the decision to bring it into the U.S. has not yet been made. If Ford gets enough “yes, please” responses from interested buyers, expect the Fiesta ST to top out the Fiesta price range, probably starting just north of $20k.