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[Photos] 2018 Ford Fiesta ST—Still Not Coming to America—Gets Optional Quaife LSD, Launch Control

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2018 Ford Fiesta ST 3-Door and 5-Door

The all-new Ford Fiesta ST, a super fun-looking hot hatch that is almost certainly not coming to the United States, was revealed this week by Ford of Europe to “deliver the most responsive, engaging, and fun-to-drive Fiesta ST experience ever.” Cooool. Go ahead and rub it in, folks. It’s whatever.

The reason for this lofty claim is due to a number of new Sports Technologies being offered on the Fiesta ST, including an optional mechanical limited-slip differential; optional Launch Control; and first-in-segment, Ford-patented force vectoring springs. This, in addition to the Fiesta ST’s already-announced 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder with cylinder deactivation, active exhaust valve tech, and Selectable Drive Modes, certainly does nothing to take the sting out of the fact that the Fiesta ST’s days in America are most likely numbered.

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“Hot-hatch drivers are expecting big things from this small car. We’ve applied what we’ve learned from recent Ford Performance models, including the Focus RS and Ford GT, to develop an all-new Fiesta ST that sets a new standard for driving fun in its segment, with a throaty three-cylinder soundtrack that will speak to petrol-heads whatever their language,” said Leo Roeks, Ford Performance director, Europe.

2018 Ford Fiesta ST

Just. Rub. It. In.

The optional Quaife limited-slip differential will help the new Fiesta ST make the most out of its Torque Vectoring Control Technology, making cornering a breeze and optimizing control. Launch Control is tailored specifically for track purposes to deliver better standing starts. The new force vectoring springs improve performance in the rear suspension for improved responsiveness. These are all good things, and they are all good things that won’t be coming to America. Sad face.

“Drivers need look no further than the all-new Fiesta ST to understand what Ford means when we explain that ST stands for Sports Technologies,” Roeks said. “Every performance function of this car has been enhanced with innovation.”

They’ll need to look further if they live in America. Thanks, Trump.


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Photos: 2018 Ford Fiesta ST 3-Door and 5-Door

2018 Ford Fiesta ST 3-Door and 5-Door

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