Caught testing at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany, new Ford Fiesta ST had an aggressive appearance due to dramatic grille with distinctive air intake opening (same design approach was noticed earlier with upcoming Ford Focus ST), and larger wheels. As reported by spies, the prototype was exploited to test the engine and its cooling systems with the new ST 'nose'. This is what caused the presence of the track-required roll cage and the different rear diffuser. The existance of front-mount intercooler indicates that it is a turbocharged model. Even though there were no official details, the racy hatch is expected to carry a 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which produces 180 hp. That will be enough for 0-60mph in around six seconds and the highest speed of 140mph. The noticed huge Recaro bucket seats with harness slots hint at this model's capability of serious performance driving.
According to Autocar, the finished car will roll out near the end of 2012. It is likely to get a diffuser with exhaust pipes on either side, a larger roof spoiler, and a bodykit with pumped up wheelarches. Ford Fiesta St is also expected to appear with lowered chassis and stiffened suspension. Featuring a six-speed manual transmission, beefier brakes, interior upgrades, and revised suspension, Fiesta's sportier ST version is expected to be a worthy rival for such hot hatches, as Mini Cooper S and Volkswagen Golf.