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Car and Driver: Quick-Take Review: 2016 Ford Fiesta ST: Karamu, Fiesta, Forever

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-Overview: We immediately warmed to the fun-to-fling Ford Fiesta ST when it emerged from the oven for the 2014 model year, and little has changed since then to curb our appetite for this hot hatch. Although it’s hewn from the standard Fiesta, Ford comprehensively reworks that version’s suspension for ST duty. In addition to applying the usual tricks of firming up the electrically assisted power steering and the dampers and increasing the spring rates (by about 20 percent), fitting 10.9-inch rear discs, and lowering the ride height by 0.6 inch, Ford also performed some comprehensive reengineering. For starters, it systematically reworked the attachment points of the front knuckles, fitted a thicker front anti-roll bar and a steering rack with a quicker ratio (13.6:1 for the ST versus 14.3:1 for the standard Fiesta), and last, but most definitely not least, incorporated a computerized pseudo torque-vectoring control that brakes the inside front wheel in turns, to help curb understeer and improve turn-in. READ MORE ››

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