Like the Focus ST concept before it, the hottest Fiesta arrives at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show with a production-ready look.
Essentially a hotted-up and power-boosted facelift of the current Fiesta, the ST Concept likely represents our first glimpse at a 2012 styling direction for the regular model (but with a tad more attitude).
Driven by Ford's turbocharged 1.6 litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, the front-wheel-drive Fiesta ST produces a hearty 135kW and 240Nm of torque, giving it the power it needs to tackle Volkswagen's Polo GTI.
Unlike the quick Polo however, the Fiesta ST is gifted with a six-speed manual transmission. While that should please the diehard shifters, its "less than seven-second" sprint to 100km/h suggests it could even be a hair quicker than the Polo GTI's 6.9 seconds.
On the styling front, the Fiesta ST gets the high-mounted gaping grille of the Focus, along with new headlights rounded off at the tips.
"With a racing silhouette inspired by the global Fiesta race and rally cars currently competing on the world stage, and influenced by the unique appearance of the all-new Focus ST, the new Fiesta ST Concept is an exciting demonstration of the road-going Fiesta's future potential," Ford's Derrick Kuzak said.
The interior is hidden by a blacked-out glasshouse for now, but we can likely expect to see an overhauled cabin with the same figure-hugging sports seats featured in its big brother.
Ford has not announced launch dates for the Fiesta ST, but the fact that it's coming is a sure thing: "[This concept] hints at how a future Fiesta ST performance model might look when it joins the Focus ST in the global Ford small car portfolio," Ford said in its press release.