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PostHeaderIcon Ken Block Taunts Death Yet Again in Terrakhana: The Ultimate Dirt Playground

There’s no doubt about it – Ken Block is either outright crazy, has a death wish, or gets an insane high from beating the mother-loving hell out of his Fiesta while taunting death at the same time. I mean, the guy can push his car to the limit and a little further without it things going awry and he does it with class and style. If you look back at any of his Gymkhana videos, you’ll find yourself in amazement, even if you’ve seen them 100 times. Well, today we’re happy to report a new video has surfaced. This one comes straight out of Swing Arm City, Utah and officially goes by the name Terrakhana: The Ultimate Dirt Playground. And, when Ken Block uses the word “Ultimate” you know he’s not playing around.

Now, I know the best part about Ken Blocks work is watching it for yourself, so I’ll forgo the usual description and instead remind you that his Fiesta ST RX43 is, by far, the craziest Fiesta ever built and designed specifically for destroying pavement, sand, dirt, or anything else that is suitable for four-wheel travel. In the video, Ken Block makes his own sand and dirt storm with the 600 horsepower in powerful little Fiesta. Of course, we’re talking death-defying stunts and close calls that require balls of titanium to watch, let alone perform.
For the record, this shoot was recorded at an elevation of 4,300 feet in an ambient temperature that was hovering right around 102 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’ve been in similar climates, you know it’s not exactly the most optimal conditions for a car to give its all.

So, with that said, go ahead and click play on the video below and then keep reading to learn more about Ken Block’s Fiesta and how it compares to some of the fastest production cars out there!

PostHeaderIcon Ford Fiesta ST

The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta was launched in the summer of 2016 and arrived in dealerships for the 2017 model year. It’s been less than a year since the new hatchback broke cover, and Ford is already launching the performance-oriented ST version. Unveiled ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the new hot-hatch will make its public debut at the Swiss event and join both European and North American markets shortly after.

Sporting the same styling language as the standard model, the new Fiesta ST arrives with a sporty exterior package and an interior that stands out by means of badge-specific features and extra standard equipment. The ST was also redesigned under the hood, where the previous four-cylinder engine was replaced by a three-pot unit. The new ST also features three drive modes, a first for the nameplate, and various modification to the chassis.

“Our next generation Fiesta ST is true to the philosophy of delivering cutting-edge technology to enhance every facet of the responsive Ford Performance chassis and powertrain,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “With selectable Drive Modes and an all-new EcoBoost engine delivering an unprecedented combination of performance and fuel-efficiency, the new model will deliver the most versatile, fun, engaging and rewarding Fiesta ST driving experience yet.”

Although Ford revealed plenty of details about the car, there’s more to come at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, so make sure you stay tuned for updates.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Fiesta ST.

PostHeaderIcon If You Plan to Haul More Than One Passenger, Don't Buy the Ford Fiesta

I like to take in all of the little details, so when I was at Cobo in Detroit for the press preview days of the Detroit Auto Show, I made it a point to sit in just about every vehicle I could. Pictures are worth a thousand words, sure, but they can also be a bit deceiving as I found out when it came to the Ford Fiesta. I’ve always been big into hatchbacks, and the Fiesta has intrigued me in recent years, but as soon as I laid eyes on it at the show, I realized just how small this car really is. There’s nothing wrong with a small car as long as there’s enough room inside, but when it comes to the Fiesta, that just isn’t the case.

As a larger guy, I knew the Fiesta wouldn’t be that comfortable to me, but I didn’t realize just how cramped the rear of the cabin would be. To put it simply, there’s next to no foot or legroom back there. This made getting inside of the car through the small doors even more difficult, but still achievable. Once I was there, I found that there wasn’t a single position I could get into and actually be comfortable. At five-feet 10 inches, my feet were forced under the front seat and my knees embedded into the seat back – luckily, this model doesn’t have a plastic frame on the rear, or it would have been sheer hell. Moving the seats all the way forward yielded a little more room, but it still wasn’t comfortable, and it would have definitely put a damper on the comfort of the driver or front passenger.

But, it wasn’t all bad. The seat cushion and seat back in the rear was pretty soft, so that was pleasing to the back and rump, but outside of that, you couldn’t pay me enough to ride back there for any extended period of time unless it was absolutely necessary. And, if you weigh more than 250 pounds, you might want to bring some butter and a shoehorn, because getting out isn’t exactly easy. Up front, however, you’ll find that the seats are more than suitable for full-sized adults or those with a little extra meat on their bones. The seats slide back quite far for a small car; the seat belts had plenty of length, and the front was pretty comfortable to sit in. The doors are pretty small, so entering and exiting the vehicle isn’t exactly a breeze, but it isn’t really difficult either. Either way, if you have older kids, or plan to haul around your friends, do everyone a favor and buy something bigger – maybe the Ford Focus, for example. There’s significantly more room in that baby.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Fiesta WRC

Ford ushered in a new generation of the Fiesta for 2017, with a focus on new looks, lots of interior amenities, new drivetrain options, and a desire to be the absolute best hatchback out there. As is the usual case with sporty little hatchbacks that go through a generational change, the new model is also making its way into sporting events, and in this case, we’re talking about WRC. The model you see here is M-Sports fighter for the 2017 FIA WRC season, and it comes complete with all of the goodies afforded by new FIA regulations that allow more power, better performance, new technology, and a unique look for each car.

According to the accompanying press release, 95 percent of this WRC racer has been designed from scratch and, while it’s based on the road-going Fiesta, there is little about this car that is stock. It’s got 380 horsepower on tap, new fully adjustable suspension, and at least 35 liters or 1.23 cubic feet of energy-absorbing foam over the current model. M-Sport’s Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, Said, “Entering a new era in the FIA World Rally Championship, there is a real sense of excitement throughout the team, and rightly so as I believe we have created something extremely special in the new Ford Fiesta WRC. Having driven the car myself, I can honestly say that it is one of the most impressive we have ever produced. It’s exciting to drive; it sounds fantastic, and it looks absolutely sensational.”

With that said, M-Sport has clearly put a lot of work into its WRC racer for the 2017 season, so let’s dive on in a take a better look at it.

PostHeaderIcon Next-Gen Ford Fiesta Debuts with Loads of Tech and a Personality Disorder

The Ford Fiesta may not be as much of a hot hatch as its bigger brother, the Focus, but it is quite appealing to younger drivers. Also, being as small as it is, it was an immediate hit over in Europe. For the 2017 model year, the Fiesta enters its seventh generation and, unlike some models out there, the car has seen some drastic improvement over the previous generation. So far, Ford has announced four different variants of the Fiesta for 2017 that include a Fiesta ST-Line, Fiesta Titanium, luxurious Fiesta Vignale, and the Fiesta Active.

All four models feature their own distinctive styles. For instance, the Fiesta Active features an elevated ride height, dark cladding around the bottom edges of the car (because you know it’s fun to off-road the Fiesta,) and some contrasting paint. The ST-Line has a sportier look to it and is far more aggressive than the other models. Meanwhile, the Vignale features a satin Vignale grille pattern, as well as Vignale grille surround, foglamp surrounds, and a custom rear diffuser. New exterior colors for 2017 include Blue Wave, but the Vignale can also be had in Milano Grigio. Contrasting colors available include black, white, Bohai Bay Mint, and Chrome Copper.

What’s really more important is the technology onboard each of these models. Ford claims that the Fiesta is now the “world’s most technologically advanced small car.” By that, they mean that it features a B&O Play sound system and comes standard with Ford’s Sync3 infotainment system with screen sizes ranging up to a total of eight inches. The suspension system is all new, and the Fiesta now gets electronic torque vectoring control as well as a pre-collision assistance system with pedestrian detection. There’s also a parking assist system, automatic high beams, and traffic sign recognition. All of this is great and all, and the Fiesta is a far cry from the weird, ugly hatch it once was, but you can’t deny that the front end looks like a frowning fish.

PostHeaderIcon Mountune to Offer 80-Horsepower Upgrade for Ford Fiesta ST

The arrival of the bonkers Focus RS gave rise to rumors that Ford is also considering an RS-badged version of the Fiesta. Unfortunately, such a scenario was dismissed by FoMoCo in January 2016, leaving Fiesta enthusiasts to look at tuning shops for more power. Until now, Ford’s official tuning partner, Mountune, offered a 23-horsepower and 26 pound-foot upgrade in the U.S., but these figures will get significantly better with a new performance package. Specifically, Mountune wants to give the Fiesta ST’s turbocharged four-cylinder an extra 80 horsepower at the flywheel.

That’s the word from Mountune’s U.S. president Ken Anderson, who told Autoblog that a new upgrade will take the Fiesta ST up to 280 horsepower. That around 80 horses more than the stock model and 65 more than the maximum output of the Fiesta ST200. As a brief reminder, the ST200 gets an additional 15 horsepower and 22 pound-feet for up to 15 seconds.

The extra 80 horsepower at the flywheel will come from a larger turbocharger, a new ECU tune, and likely a revised exhaust system too. Mountune has yet to reveal details, but Anderson said that full info will be unleashed when the new performance kit goes on sale later this year.

This new package will be one of the many Fiesta upgrades that Mountune offers in the U.S. Ford’s official tuning partner in Europe, Mountune opened shop in California in 2013 and it has since launched numerous performance-enhancing parts for the Focus, Fiesta, and sixth-generation Mustang. More recently, Mountune developed an upgrade for the Focus RS, Ford’s most powerful and only all-wheel-drive hatchback to date.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Fiesta

The current generation Ford Fiesta has been around since 2008, with a mild facelift happening for the 2014 model year. That means it’s about time for Ford to usher in a new generation, and now we’re finally getting to see the next-gen Fiesta testing in the wild. We can’t make out much from first glance, due to heavy camo and padding, but it looks like the front and rear lights are more horizontal than before. And, it looks like it will have a thinner radiator grille and a taller air dam. Add all these together and the new Fiesta should look wider than the outgoing model. Furthermore, we’re expecting the interior to feature better materials, fewer buttons, and a larger touchscreen display to go with Ford’s latest SYNC3 software. As for as power delivery goes, we’re expecting Ford to bring a range of new EcoBoost engines with three- and four-cylinders. An RS variant will hopefully make itself available to the masses as well.

Ford has gone to extremes to cover up the body of the test mule you see here. There is padding everywhere to conceal new body lines and the car’s overall profile. Ford’s mule-prep guys even slapped a fake bumper skin to the front to conceal the design of the front fascia. With that said, it’s safe to say that Ford has pretty much nailed down the overall appearance of the car, and is focused on keeping it a secret as it irons out the details and tests all of the new chassis and drivetrain components.

Despite the fact that Ford’s camo game is strong, we can still make out a few things here and there. On top of that, this camo- and pad-covered mule opens the door for speculation, so we’re going to do just that in our review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Ford Fiesta.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Fiesta ST Le Mans 50th Anniversary Edition

It was 50 years ago that the original GT40 secured a win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and this year Ford is returning to France hoping to secure another historic win with the new Ford GT. Returning to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the new Ford GT isn’t the only way the company is celebrating that win 50 years ago, though. Now, the company is releasing special-edition versions for the Ford Focus ST, Ford Focus RS, and the Ford Mustang. The car’s feature a distinguishing black livery with gray racing stripes, are being built specifically for the French market, and will be only be produced in 50 examples each.

If you can recall back that far, the Ford GT40 MkII that was driving by B. McLaren and C. Amon back in 1966 also featured the same black finish with gray racing stripes. Outside of the exterior livery, each car is equipped with the standard engine offered for their respective base models and are available with a few options to make them even better. With that said, let’s take a look at the Fiesta ST Le Mans 50th Anniversary Edition and what helps to make it so special.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Fiesta ST Le Mans 50th Anniversary Edition.

PostHeaderIcon Carfection Pits Three Hot Hatchbacks Against Each Other: Video

Picking among three of the most compelling hot hatchbacks in the segment can get a little tricky, even for well-heeled individuals who know their way around these cars. Fortunately, the fine folks over at Carfection are here to give us a little helping hand. In this episode, they lined up an American pocket rocket in the form of the Ford Fiesta ST, a French performance savant disguised as the Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy, and a retro-styled British maven that we’ve come to know as the Mini John Cooper Works. The objective? See which of these three hot hatches are worth your time, and more importantly, your money.

As different as these three cars are, they also have some things in common. That’s precisely why picking which of the three is the “best” really boils down on what you want from your hot hatchback. The Fiesta ST, for instance, gives you the purest performance and it’s also the cheapest of the three. Then there’s the Clio RS 220 Trophy, which notwithstanding its ridiculously long name, gives you more power than the Fiesta ST, resulting in a faster 0-to-60 time and a higher top speed. Finally, there’s Mini’s JCW hot hatch, which tops at 152 mph. Pretty tricky, right?

The numbers say it is, but once you get behind the wheel of these cars, those numbers take a backseat to the minutiae of how they drive and how they handle on the road. There’s no better indicator of an awesome hot hatch than its ability to make you think that you’re driving a sports car. That’s what Carfection sought to find out and for what it’s worth, their verdict is pretty much in line with mine. Go check it out, even if the entire episode runs a little north of 17 minutes. Trust me, every minute is worth it.

PostHeaderIcon Gymkhana 8 "Ultimate Exotic Playground" Dubai: Video

Ken Block and the Hoonigan team have successfully transformed “gymkhana” from obscure Japanese autocross-style motorsport, to stunt-filled insanity ride for mass indulgence and branding glorification. Not that I mind – I’ll take Block’s version every single time, thank you. The latest evolution is Gymkhana Eight, which sends the oversteer glory to Dubai. Complementing the new locale is a new car from the blue oval – the 650-horsepower Fiesta ST RX43, complete with an ultra-reflective livery on a matte black finish, a roof-mounted stars-n-stripes air scoop, and an enormous gold-plated Hoonigan-branded handbrake.

There’s really not much else to say, and I won’t spoil anything if you haven’t already seen it. All told, it’s nine minutes of sand, speed, super cars, and lots of Toyo tire smoke. Make sure to stick around until the end, which gives a sneak peek at what to expect for Gymkhana Nine (I’ll give you a hint – it comes with the letters R and S and it’s got a button called “Drift Mode,” although on Block’s ride, I’m sure they just taped it down).

PostHeaderIcon Ford Fiesta ST200

Just last month at the launch of the new Ford Focus RS, CarAdvice reported that Ford Performance’s Chief Engineer, Tyrone Johnson, said that a Ford Fiesta RS was definitely not in any of Ford’s plans for the future. It was quite a bummer to hear, but that was before we heard about the vehicle you see here – the Ford Fiesta ST200. That’s right, Ford didn’t make an RS variant of the Fiesta, but it did come out with a high-performance model of the little hot hatch.

The Fiesta ST hit the market in 2013 with a power output of 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque from its 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. The ST200 that is set to debut in Geneva is said to produce 10 percent more power and 20 percent more torque than the Fiesta ST. However, that isn’t all that comes with the ST200. It also comes with an exciting list of features not available on other Fiesta models.

Raj Nair, Ford’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, said, “Whether it’s the new Fiesta ST200, or our game-changing all-new Focus RS, or the groundbreaking Ford GT supercar, our Ford Performance offering has never been so strong. Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology has enabled a Ford Performance model to suit every budget and lifestyle.” And Joe Bakaj, Ford Europe’s VP of product development, even said he thinks the new Fiesta ST200 is a “classic in the making.”

So will the ST200 live up to the hype that comes with this preview leading up to its debut at the Geneva Auto Show? Well, we won’t know until deliveries start in the summer, but we can take a closer look at it to see what sets it apart from the Fiesta ST.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200.

PostHeaderIcon Official: Ford Fiesta ST200

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It took them a fair few years, but Ford has finally got around giving the Fiesta ST the kind of power it deserves. The new version of the hot hatch is called Ford Fiesta ST200 and there’s clue as to the kind of power it makes. Not that the ST really needed it, but it’s always good to have more horsepower.

The Fiesta ST has always been the underdog in the hot hatch segment, boasting the least amount of power and making up for it by being extra nice to drive. Now, on paper at least, the new and more powerful version should be even better. We just hope the extra power doesn’t corrupt this bad boy. It’s only fifteen extra horses, but still.

With 200 Ps and 290 Nm of torque, Ford Fiesta ST200 is capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds. To ensure optimum handling the car comes with enhanced Torque Vectoring Control and 3-mode Electronic Stability Control, revised steering, unique front and rear spring and damper settings (15mm lower), and uprated brakes.

Also new for Ford Fiesta ST200 is a cool Storm Grey, matte black 17-inch alloy wheels, red painted brake callipers and an enhanced interior with unique partial leather Charcoal Recaro front seats and contrasting silver stitching, alongside illuminated scuff plates and seatbelts with silver detailing.

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PostHeaderIcon Top 5 Future Vehicles I Want Santa To Bring Now

With Christmas season upon us, wish lists are long with things we hope the jolly ole man from up north would gift us. No, I’m not talking about your Uncle Buck on your dad’s side, but Saint Nick himself. Sure, things like new camera equipment or a performance parts might top the list of most car-loving folks out there, but what if Santa could reach into the future and deliver a hot new ride that isn’t even out yet?

What would you ask for?

Me, I’m into things with a purpose. Vehicles that go really fast or one that go slow, but can conquer the Rubicon trail usually get elicit more excitement than the average grocery getter. That’s why my list consists of purpose-built vehicles. I will admit, however, there is one vehicle that fills a more daily drier role, but comes with all-wheel drive and more power than its little chassis is normally allotted. What am I talking about? Keep reading to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Fiesta ST Boosted to 266 PS

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The current generation of Ford Fiesta ST is widely considered by the experts of the car world to be the finest hot hatchback you can buy. It is, however, often criticized by the ordinary folks for not having enough oomph. That issue has now been addressed quite satisfactorily by German tuner Mcchip-DKR.

The standard Ford Fiesta ST comes with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder engine developing 180 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. That is not a whole lot of power, but then the Fiesta is a tiny little thing that doesn’t need big power to deliver an enjoyable drive. But obviously you can always dial up that fun by increasing the power output.

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Taking that ‘increasing the power’ bit way too seriously, Mcchip engineers have developed a performance upgrade kit for the Ford Fiesta ST that adds a considerable amount to the original output, bringing the total to 266 horsepower and 387 Nm of torque. The kit includes a software upgrade and modified turbocharger. The extra oomph will no doubt make the ST more fun to drive, but it might also make it a handful.

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PostHeaderIcon Ken Block Launches M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5

A variety of blue ovals will descend on New England next month as the perpetually sideways Ken Block and his Hoonigan Racing Division help launch the new M-Sport Fiesta R5. The rally car will see action for the first time in the mostly-wooded New England Forest Rally.

Taking the helm of the R5 will be American driver Ramana Lagemann, supported by Canadian co-driver Nathalie Richard. “I have followed the Fiesta R5 since its inception, and I have been impressed with how successful the platform has proven to be,” Lagemann said in a press release. “Now, with this 2000 cc version, M-Sport has developed a car that is well suited to North American stages. I had the opportunity to test it recently, and aside from the awesome chassis capability and balance inherent in all R5 Fiestas, I was amazed by the engine’s responsiveness and torque.”

A former factory driver for Subaru, Lagemann recently opted out of regular participation in the Rally America series, but maintains a quick pace, as is evident by his appearance in the 2WD class at the Olympus Rally last month, where he took a win in a BMW M3 with co-driver Chrissie Beavis. 

“It’s been a few years since I competed in a proper AWD rally car, and I’m well aware of the time it will take to get fully up to speed,” Lagemann said. “My goal is to take everything step by step in a measured approach, and produce a solid result for the team.”

Meanwhile, Block will also participate in his “Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle,” which is designed to be adapted for either stage rally, rallycross, or the ever popular Gymkhana events. “I’m excited about partnering with M-Sport at NEFR this year,” said Block. “I absolutely love my Ford Fiesta HFHV that we’ve built, but the idea of a car like the R5 that’s potentially just as quick, isn’t made up of one-off parts and features a lower operating cost is definitely an appealing prospect!”

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PostHeaderIcon Sync 3 Will Debut in the 2016 Ford Fiesta and Escape

Ford’s SYNC/MyFord Touch system has been a bit of a bust, as there have been numerous complaints about it being finicky, and in some cases, not working at all. Well, that may soon come to an end, as Ford has announced that its new Sync 3 will debut in the 2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta.

As the proud owner of a Ford Focus ST3, my car has Sync/MyFord Touch, and I can say many of the issues reported are very much true. Sure, it broke the mold when it debuted in 2007, but the growing complaints are deafening. Some of my main complaints include the counterintuitive button placement on the touchscreen, the touchscreen sometimes doesn’t pick up your input, it’s slow to respond, and it’s downright buggy. However, the voice control is actually fairly decent, all things considered.

The new Sync 3 promises to deliver where the existing system failed, and build upon some of its better points. Some of the new features include a simpler voice-command structure, improved AppLink to automatically detect smartphones and their apps, Siri Eyes-Free integration with the iPhone, an all-new, quicker-responding captive touchscreen, response to smartphone gestures, tile-like icons with a quick-access tray on the bottom, and updates via Wi-Fi (no more flash drives for updates, yay!).

You can see a preview of the new and improved Sync 3 in the video above. I must say, it looks like a dramatic upgrade over the current system, but the current Sync system looked great at first too. Only time will tell if Ford has actually improved up on the existing system or just slathered a little lipstick on that pig.

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Sync 3 Will Debut in the 2016 Ford Fiesta and Escape originally appeared on on Thursday, 4 June 2015 12:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Fiesta ST

The growling Fiesta ST is finally arriving in American Ford dealerships! After a long run-up and many tweaks to the global three-door’s interior technology and body style, this five-door pocket-rocket is finally on the Ford order books with a starting price of just $21,400. A hot body kit and the 2014 Focus ST’s Rado Gray wheels with red calipers are available, as are Recaro bucket seats to keep you in place while pulling G-force in this monster go-kart.

Endlessly lauded by the English car mags, the Fiesta ST’s American debut was partially delayed by a Fiesta-wide nose restyle and revamp for this year. The two models launch together with deliveries starting in September to Ford dealerships nationwide – and both have an EcoBoost engine option for the first time.

The base Fiesta’s turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder marks a first in this modern age of fuel economy, but still lags nearly two seconds behind the potent ST’s 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder at the drag strip.

Power is only part of the fun with this flyweight sports car – the other half comes from its responsive cornering and impressive agility. Even the quickest luxo-barges like the Bentley Continental GT have nothing on the Ford when it comes to transient handling dynamics – like you need on the tightest of race tracks.

In this regard the Fiesta ST is indeed the most accomplished in a U.S. market class that also includes the Chevrolet Sonic RS and the new Kia Forte5 Turbo.

Is the ST’s rally styling even better in other colors? Does it even come in any colors that are not orange or red?

Continue reading for the full review of the Ford Fiesta ST – including an exclusive graphic of the ST-exclusive paint colors offered.

Ford Fiesta ST originally appeared on on Monday, 1 June 2015 07:38 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Fiesta ST Vs. Mini Cooper S

Compared with our friends in Europe, where hot-hatches are as plentiful as 500-year-old cathedrals and socialized medicine, we in the United States and the rest of North America have been fairly limited in our hot-hatch options. That’s changing. The Volkswagen Golf GTI has always been the constant — not always great, but excellent in recent years. It had the market all to itself until the first Ford Focus ST and Mini Cooper S were introduced in the early 2000s. Three generations later, the Focus got bigger, but the Mini stayed more-or-less the same size. So, to cover its bases in the junior hot-hatch segment, Ford launched the Fiesta ST for the first time in the U.S.

That pretty much brings us up to date. On paper, the current Mini Cooper S and Fiesta ST couldn’t be more evenly matched. Both have torque-happy turbocharged engines producing between 190 and 200 horsepower. Both are roughly the same size to within a few inches. Performance figures and fuel mileage are so similar that you would need a data logger to detect the difference. But despite having similar mission briefs, these are two very different cars with different personalities, tailored to appeal to different end users. Lets take a closer look at both to see which you should put in your driveway.

Continue reading to find out which of the two cars we find better.

Ford Fiesta ST Vs. Mini Cooper S originally appeared on on Friday, 29 May 2015 09:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon DRIVE Puts The Ford Fiesta ST Vs. The Mustang: Video

The Fiesta ST has been hailed as a major victory for Ford, and for good reason. The little car is one of the best examples of a hot hatch that has been introduced to American shores in quite some time. But American interest in hot hatches started at a time when the more traditional American performance machines were at an all time low in terms of both performance and build quality. Can a hot hatch, even a very good one, still excite when sport coupes are no longer a depressing shadow of their former selves? Drive endeavors to find out.

The comparison is actually between Matt Farah’s mildly tuned Fiesta ST and an EcoBoost Mustang. We’re using the term “sports coupe” because it’s difficult to call anything with a four-cylinder engine a muscle car, even if it uses the body of one. But this isn’t a criticism, as Farah points out in the video, the turbocharged Mustang has become quite a modern machine, making it worth taking another look for the sake of comparison. The result, as you might expect and as Ford will doubtless be happy to see, is that each car shines in its own distinct way.

DRIVE Puts The Ford Fiesta ST Vs. The Mustang: Video originally appeared on on Thursday, 30 April 2015 19:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Ken Block Announces His 2015 Schedule

Unsurprisingly, 2015 is shaping up to be quite the frenzied year for the hoonin’ and loonin’, turn-straight-for-what Ken Block. The celebrity Ford driver will be jetting across the globe for a variety of sideways shenanigans, including competition in stage rally, rallycross, and a few Gymkhana demos in the venerable Hoonicorn Mustang.

For Block, the main focus will be a full 12-round season of the Global Rallycross Championship. “I’m looking forward to competing in the full GRC season again and going after that title,” Block said in a press release. “I only missed it by 5 points last season, so I’m confident that I’m the best contender for the title this year and I’ve been working my butt off with my team in the offseason so that we can have the best possible chances of taking it. I’m also going to get to run my 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR a few times as well for fans around the globe. Overall it’s going to be a great season, I can’t wait for it to get started.”

You can catch Block this June in Austin, TX, as he makes a bid to add to his collection of medals at the summer X Games. Or, if pace notes are more your style, Block will be in New Zealand April 18th and May 9th, as well as in New England July 17th and Lake Superior October 16th.

The real question, though, is when we’ll see Gymkhana 8, which is currently classified “TBA.” 

You can follow Block’s results through his Instagram and Twitter (@kblock43) or on Facebook (

Continue reading to learn more about Ken Block’s schedule.

Ken Block Announces His 2015 Schedule originally appeared on on Thursday, 9 April 2015 15:00 EST.

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