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2017 Ford Fiesta

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Ford finally announces some details about the new 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 Ford has finally spilled the beans on what the new Fiesta will bring to the table. At launch, there will be four variants available that include a sporty ST model, a more luxurious Vignale model, the Titanium Model, and – believe it or not – a Fiesta Active that includes features like protective body cladding and raised suspension. But, wait there’s more. The new fiesta features some new assistance features like pedestrian protection and active park assist, is the first Ford to feature a B&O Play sound system, and comes with Fords Sync3 infotainment system with screens that range up to a maximum of eight inches. On the drivetrain front, there’s a new 1.0-liter EcoBoost and a 1.5-liter Diesel to go with a new six-speed manual transmission and electronic torque vectoring control.

Over in Europe, the Fiesta resides in a segment known as “supermini,” and the competition in this segment is huge. Models like the Volkswagen Polo Hatchback and Mazda 2 Hatchback offer excessive style and an awesome driving experience that’s really hard to beat. The upgrades that come with the seventh-gen Fiesta should help it stay on top of the over populated and constantly growing segment. And, the best part is that with so many variants available at launch, there is a model for just about anybody – even if you’re someone who fancies taking your little hatch over slightly rougher terrain.

With that said, let’s take a seat in the new Fiesta and go over all the funky details.

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If You're Considering the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST Line, You Might as Well Just Buy the Fiesta ST

If You’re Considering the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST Line, You Might as Well Just Buy the Fiesta ST

Ford is bidding farewell to all of its cars in the U.S. market, with the exception of the Mustang, and for one final hoorah, Ford is introducing the Fiesta ST Line to its 2019 model lineup to give buyers Fiesta ST looks without any power gains whatsoever. Seriously, folks, we can’t make this up. The Fiesta ST Line is, essentially, the Fiesta ST with the mundane 1.6-liter four-banger from the lesser models. Ford even claims to use the same front and rear clips on the car, making the only real difference the engine under the hood. To be more specific, Ford says “It’s for people who want the look of the ST but the don’t necessarily care about having that performance.”

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Ford Shot Down A Role For The Fiesta In The Pineapple Express

Ford Shot Down A Role For The Fiesta In The Pineapple Express

Apparently, it didn’t want its car being involved in a murder scene

Automakers usually don’t need to be asked to have their cars appear in movies or TV shows, but there was one instance when Ford apparently turned down an opportunity to have the Fiesta appear in a movie that ended up grossing more than $100 million. That revelation came from actor and comedian Seth Rogen who revealed on Twitter that Ford nixed the idea of having the Fiesta play a role in The Pineapple Express, a movie Rogen co-starred in with James Franco.

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The Best Cars Under $15,000

The Best Cars Under $15,000

There’s a long list of subcompact cars to choose from

So, you only have $15,000 to spend on a car? In most cases, that wouldn’t be enough to get you what you want, but if you’re looking for a no-frills ride that you can maximize with your spending limit, this list of cars gives you lots of options to choose from. Do you want a subcompact car that boasts impressive interior space? How about one that packs more power than you thought? What about a car that has everything you need, or at least everything you think you need at the price you’re willing to pay for it. The cars on this list could be the answer you’re looking for.

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Now Ford Says a Fiesta RS Isn't Happening as the Confusion Grows

Now Ford Says a Fiesta RS Isn’t Happening as the Confusion Grows

Is the Fiesta ST powerful enough?

Less than a couple of weeks ago we found out that the Ford Fiesta RS might finally happen. It was Ford Performance Europe boss Leo Roeks who hinted about the possibility, but we just learned that the Fiesta RS remains just a rumor for the time being. The news comes from Ford’s head of design for Europe, Amko Leenarts, who argued that an RS model isn’t necessary because the Fiesta ST is fast and powerful enough.

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Ford May Finally Build a Fiesta RS, But It's Not Coming to the U.S.

Ford May Finally Build a Fiesta RS, But It’s Not Coming to the U.S.

It could break cover in Europe next year

Rumors about Ford wanting to add a high-performance RS model to the Fiesta lineup have been flying around for quite a few years. Unfortunately, we never got a hot-hatch above the 212-horsepower ST200, despite the first Fiesta RS concept dating back to 2004. But Ford’s more recent plans to expand the RS performance lineup may finally include the tiny Fiesta.

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2018 Ford Fiesta Active

2018 Ford Fiesta Active

More ground clearance, rugged looks

After almost 10 years on the market, the sixth-generation Ford Fiesta was finally discontinued in 2017, making way for a brand-new model with a fresh and sportier design. The new Fiesta also brought new technology on the table, as well as revised engines and an ST model powered by a three-cylinder unit. Come 2018 and Ford added a new member to the Fiesta family, this time around in the form of a crossover-styled model called Active. The Fiesta Active joins the Ka+ Active, a similar version of the smaller Ka+ hatchback launched earlier in 2018.

Designed for a small niche that used to include the Volkswagen CrossPolo — a model that is no longer available — the Fiesta Active will share the market with the Hyundai i20 Active. Essentially a hatchback with increase ground clearance and crossover-style cladding, the Fiesta Active is aimed at customers who want the benefits of crossover but still need a compact car that’s easy to drive and park inside the city. A bit more rugged on the outside, the Fiesta Active shares its technology and drivetrains with the standard hatchback, although certain differences are noticeable in every department. But more about that in the review below.

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As the SUV Obsession Continues, Ford and Chevy Look to Light Their Sedan Lineup

As the SUV Obsession Continues, Ford and Chevy Look to Light Their Sedan Lineup

This isn’t the first time when reports of sedans being discontinued have erupted

It looks like sedans are slowly getting extinct. We have seen the Volvo S80 and the Mitsubishi Lancer being discontinued in 2017, and next in line are sedans from Chevrolet and Ford. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Ford and GM will drop a number of sedans as crossovers have become the priority choice of consumers. Which cars are these? Read on to know.

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Ford to Kill off the Fiesta and Taurus in the U.S. for Good; GM Killing off the Chevy Sonic

Ford to Kill off the Fiesta and Taurus in the U.S. for Good; GM Killing off the Chevy Sonic

The evolving auto industry means that more old-school models have become expendable

Ford and General Motors are doing a little house cleaning, and a few models from each brand are expected to get discarded in the near future. On the chopping block on Ford’s end are the Taurus and the Fiesta. They’re expected to be joined by the Chevrolet Sonic after a Wall Street Journal report revealed that all three models are now on borrowed time in the U.S.

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Cupra Ibiza Vs. Ford Fiesta ST – A Visual Comparison

Cupra Ibiza Vs. Ford Fiesta ST – A Visual Comparison

We take a gander at some mini hot hatch goodness

Following an unofficial reveal earlier this week that spilled shots of the upcoming Cupra Ibiza all over social media, the newly minted standalone performance brand decided to serve up some fresh press shots of the tiny mighty machines. While Cupra maintains thenew Ibiza is not yet part of the standard brand lineup (believe it or not, Cupra is saying that it’s still in the “design exercise” phase), it looks pretty darned done to us. With that in mind, we decided to give a little visual inspection and comparison against one of its chief rivals – the Ford Fiesta ST.

Continue reading for the full comparison.

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Ford's M-Sport Fiesta Rally Car Now Available in the LEGO Speed Champions Collection

Ford’s M-Sport Fiesta Rally Car Now Available in the LEGO Speed Champions Collection

Now we know what our next LEGO purchase is going to be

LEGO’s Speed Champions line of brick cars is getting a new member with the introduction of the LEGO version of Ford’s M-Sport Fiesta WRC rally car, the same racer that won the 2017 World Rally Championship behind the efforts of co-drivers, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. Though not as big as the actual rally car, the LEGO version of the M-Sport Fiesta WRC is a great addition to LEGO’s Speed of Champions range. It joins a list of fellow championship race cars, including the Mercedes-AMG Formula One racer, the Ford GT racer, and the Ford GT40 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1966.

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

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

Any guess on how much Ken’s ferociously large balls throw off that Fiesta’s weight distribution?

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!

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2018 Ford Fiesta ST

2018 Ford Fiesta ST

The company’s first performance car with a three-cylinder engine!

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 already launched the performance-oriented ST version. Unveiled ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the new hot-hatch sports the same styling language as the standard model, but boasts a more aggressive 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.”

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Fiesta ST.

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

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

Unless you’re five years old, the back seat is not somewhere you want to be

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.

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2017 Ford Fiesta WRC

2017 Ford Fiesta WRC

It’s mean, it’s powerful, and it’s ready for 2017

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.

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

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

There’s even one with raised suspension and a "crossover" badge

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.

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2016 Ford Fiesta ST by Tucci Hot Rods

2016 Ford Fiesta ST by Tucci Hot Rods

Hot rod builder delivers one of the most impressive Fiesta upgrades yet

Launched in 2008, the current Ford Fiesta soldiered on relatively unchanged until 2013, when it received a comprehensive facelift. The revised hatchback was the first Ford to use the new trapezoidal grille, now seen on the Fusion, Mustang and Focus models too, but the update also brought the performance-oriented ST model into dealerships. The ST was followed by the mildly enhanced ST200 in 2016 and word has it Ford is also planning to launch a Fiesta RS in the future.

However, the RS has been an on and off thing in 2016, with several reports also dismissing the range-topping version. However, customers looking for a more potent version of the ST got a few new options from tuning shops. The most recent upgrade comes from Mountune, which developed a performance kit that will add 80 ponies to the car’s already impressive 192-horsepower rating. Also, the folks from Tucci Hot Rods built their own hot-rodded version of the ST for the 2016 SEMA Show.

Granted, it’s a bit awkward to see a Fiesta ST tuned by a company otherwise known for creating hot rods and beefed-up versions of classic Mustangs, Fords, and Cadillacs, but it’s definitely a breath of fresh air with so few American shops giving the subcompact the attention it deserves. And, needless to say, Tucci’s take on the Fiesta ST is exciting to say the least.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Fiesta ST by Tucci Hot Rods.

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Mountune to Offer 80-Horsepower Upgrade for Ford Fiesta ST

Mountune to Offer 80-Horsepower Upgrade for Ford Fiesta ST

Fiesta RS without the badge?

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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2017 Ford Fiesta

2017 Ford Fiesta

Ford finally announces some details about the new 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 Ford has finally spilled the beans on what the new Fiesta will bring to the table. At launch, there will be four variants available that include a sporty ST model, a more luxurious Vignale model, the Titanium Model, and – believe it or not – a Fiesta Active that includes features like protective body cladding and raised suspension. But, wait there’s more. The new fiesta features some new assistance features like pedestrian protection and active park assist, is the first Ford to feature a B&O Play sound system, and comes with Fords Sync3 infotainment system with screens that range up to a maximum of eight inches. On the drivetrain front, there’s a new 1.0-liter EcoBoost and a 1.5-liter Diesel to go with a new six-speed manual transmission and electronic torque vectoring control.

Over in Europe, the Fiesta resides in a segment known as “supermini,” and the competition in this segment is huge. Models like the Volkswagen Polo Hatchback and Mazda 2 Hatchback offer excessive style and an awesome driving experience that’s really hard to beat. The upgrades that come with the seventh-gen Fiesta should help it stay on top of the over populated and constantly growing segment. And, the best part is that with so many variants available at launch, there is a model for just about anybody – even if you’re someone who fancies taking your little hatch over slightly rougher terrain.

With that said, let’s take a seat in the new Fiesta and go over all the funky details.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Ford Fiesta.

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2016 Ford Fiesta ST Le Mans 50th Anniversary Edition

2016 Ford Fiesta ST Le Mans 50th Anniversary Edition

Ford does a little something more to celebrate the anniversary of that legendary Le Mans win back in 1966

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.

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Carfection Pits Three Hot Hatchbacks Against Each Other: Video

Carfection Pits Three Hot Hatchbacks Against Each Other: Video

Ford Focus ST vs Renault Clio vs Mini John Cooper Works

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.

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Gymkhana 8 "Ultimate Exotic Playground" Dubai: Video

Gymkhana 8 "Ultimate Exotic Playground" Dubai: Video

Sliding and smoking in the U.A.E.

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).

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2017 Ford Fiesta ST200

2017 Ford Fiesta ST200

It’s not an RS, but it’s the next best thing.

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.

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2017 Ford Fiesta RS

2017 Ford Fiesta RS

Likely to arrive in 2019; No U.S. version unfortunately

A few years back Ford announced plans to introduce several new vehicles developed by the Ford Performance division. The assault began in 2015 with models like the GT supercar, the Shelby GT350R, the Focus RS, and the F-150 Raptor. With the company’s strategy set to include 12 new models by 2020, there were rumors that Ford also wanted an RS version of the small Fiesta. Three years have passed since then and the RS’ fate remains unknown, but the seventh-generation Fiesta finally has the right underpinnings for a higher-performance version.

One of the reasons why Ford didn’t make a Fiesta RS until now is that the previous platform would not accept an all-wheel-drive system without major investment. Now that the Fiesta shares underpinnings with the EcoSport crossover, which uses AWD, an RS is finally possible. There’s no official indication as to when this car might arrive, but a recent report from Motoring says that Ford Performance Europe boss Leo Roeks hinted that the hot-hatch is underway. Unfortunately, it won’t make it to the U.S., where Ford is planning to drop all cars except for the Mustang and the Focus Active.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Ford Fiesta RS.

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Top 5 Future Vehicles I Want Santa To Bring Now

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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Valentino Rossi Drives His Ford Fiesta WRC At 2015 Monza Rally Show: Video

Valentino Rossi Drives His Ford Fiesta WRC At 2015 Monza Rally Show: Video

Valentino Rossi may still be salty over losing out on the 2015 MotoGP title, but if this recent video of him driving his Monster Energy Ford Fiesta WRC racer is any indication, he seems to be doing a good job at keeping his emotions in check.

If you’re not used to seeing Rossi in a four-wheeled race car, you’d be surprised to know that he’s actually pretty skilled in that environment, having previously competed in the World Rally Championship on three separate occasions in 2002, 2006, and 2008. Sure, his bread and butter is still MotoGP, but seeing how he successfully navigates around the track at the 2015 Monza Rally Show goes to show how talented the nine-time world champion is on any kind of racing series.

The car he’s driving, a bespoke Ford Fiesta WRC racer, is actually his, having been given to him thanks to his close partnership with Monster Energy. He may not compete with it on a regular basis, but when the situation calls for it, as it did at the Monza Rally Show, he’s more than willing to show everyone why he is considered one of the most decorated racers in the history of motor racing.

Oh, and he actually won the Monza Rally Show with the Fiesta WRC. It may not be as important to him as winning that 10th world title, but at least he can take comfort knowing that he didn’t get short-changed this time around, as he did during the highly controversial conclusion of the 2015 MotoGP season.

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Ken Block Launches M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5

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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Sync 3 Will Debut in the 2016 Ford Fiesta and Escape

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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2014 - 2015 Ford Fiesta ST

2014 - 2015 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.

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Ford Fiesta ST Vs. Mini Cooper S

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.

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DRIVE Pits The Ford Fiesta ST Vs. The Mustang: Video

DRIVE Pits 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.

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Ken Block Announces His 2015 Schedule

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 (facebook.com/KenBlockRacing).

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Chip Ganassi Racing Joins GRC

Chip Ganassi Racing Joins GRC

Fans of Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) still have a couple more months until the 2015 season kicks off, but there is already some surprisingly big news coming from this action-packed racing series. That news comes courtesy of Chip Ganassi Racing, which announced that it will be fielding two Ford Fiesta ST racecars in GRC’s flagship Supercars series.

Chip Ganassi Racing brings a new level of racing experience to GRC, as it already competes in three of the most prominent racing series in the U.S.: IndyCar, NASCAR and IMSA. In its brief but successful history, CGR teams have won at prestigious races such as the Daytona 500, 12 Hours of Sebring, Indianapolis 500 (four times) and the Rolex 24 at Daytona (six times). Both GRC race teams will be based out of the same shop in Concord, NC that houses Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR teams.

The Chip Ganassi Racing GRC teams will have solid drivers, with Canadian Steve Arpin running the full 12-race schedule and motocross star and X Games Champion Brian Deegan competing in seven events. Arpin has been a strong contender in GRC since his rookie season in 2013, and he will pilot the No. 00 racecar sponsored by ENEOS. Deegan will continue to drive his No. 38 car sponsored by RockStar energy drink (shown above). Arpin and Deegan shared the podium in last year’s season-opening race in Barbados.

The 2015 GRC season will commence on May 31 in Tampa, FL, and it will include two events in Detroit, LA and Barbados.

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Ford Fiesta RS Caught Testing For The First Time: Spy Shots

Ford Fiesta RS Caught Testing For The First Time: Spy Shots

With Ford having promised to introduced 12 new performance cars by 2020, I’ve been hoping for the Blue Oval to confirm plans for a hotter version of the Fiesta ST ever since the Focus RS broke cover. And when Ford Performance manager Tyrone Johnson told AutoCar the Fiesta would receive an RS badge and all the goodies that come with it if "there’s a business case" for it, I got really excited. A full month has passed since then with no official word, but I’m happy to announce Ford is indeed working on the Fiesta RS.

The big news comes from our trusty paparazzi, who spotted a Fiesta prototype sporting several body elements that have yet to be seen on road-going hatchbacks. So unless Ford is testing is testing a new Fiesta-based racer camouflaged as a road car, which is very (and I mean VERY) unlikely, what you’re looking at is the souped-up RS model we’ve all been hoping to get.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Fiesta RS.

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2015 Ford Fiesta R2

2015 Ford Fiesta R2

Ford launched its Fiesta R2 program back in 2010 to help young and inexperienced drivers learn the ropes of rally racing and move their way up the ladder in the sport. From the R2, the ladder moves drivers up to the Fiesta R5 and later up to the RS WRC, but they must first master this lower-powered rig, and dominate all the other drivers that Ford is testing. For the 2015 racing season, Ford has launched a new Fiesta R2, and it debuted the model at the Geneva Auto Show.

This new subcompact rally rig features Ford’s award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, but its wick is turned up beyond its standard 123-horsepower mark. This small-displacement, "relatively" low-powered engine is a great jumping-off point for up-and-coming rally drivers, as it helps them focus on controlling the car rather than reining in a super-powerful engine.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Ford Fiesta R2.

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2015 Ford Fiesta ST Olsbergs MSE

2015 Ford Fiesta ST Olsbergs MSE

“Dominant” is one word that springs to mind when considering the Ford Fiesta’s performance in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship (GRC). Going into the 2014 season, the supermini was responsible for three driver’s championships and three manufacturer’s championships, each claimed consecutively since the series’ launch in 2011. In 2013, the Fiesta won nine of the 10 scheduled races and claimed 22 of the 30 available podium spots. Last year, this American-bred hatchback added to its already impressive record with yet another driver’s championship, another manufacturer’s championship, three race wins, and 18 podiums.

Of the six different teams flying under a blue oval in the 2014 GRC season, Sweden’s Olsbergs MSE was undoubtedly the best. While other Fords contributed to the automaker’s overall series supremacy, it’s only Olsbergs MSE that can currently boast a four-peat championship drive, with Tanner Foust crowned winner in 2011 and 2012, followed by Toomas Heikkinen in 2013, and Joni Wiman in 2014.

The Fiesta has a long history of rally competition success, with different versions of the party-maker entered in series both nationally and internationally. But somehow, it’s the Olsbergs MSE Fiesta that comes out on top every time at GRC.

So, what is it that makes this Fiesta ST so successful? Part of it is the talent behind the wheel, which in 2014, included Patrik Sandell, Brian Deegan, Nelson Piquet Jr., and the new reigning champion, Joni Wiman. The other half of the equation is the team itself, which works closely with Ford to develop the Fiesta ST platform to its utmost potential. Olsbergs MSE is also responsible for a variety of GRC Supercar Lites, which extends its competition knowledge even further.

Like any good racing team, Olsbergs MSE is always in development, constantly building on past successes, solidifying its lead around a competitive field hungry for victory. Simply put, it’s a philosophy that translates into trophies.

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Ford Reveals Snowkhana Three: Video

Ford Reveals Snowkhana Three: Video

‘Tis the season, folks, and while the stress of the holidays can turn just about anyone into a big pile of figgy pudding, it’s the little things that remind us that it’s all going to be just fine. Take this short video from Ford. Playing off the monstrously popular Gymkhana series coming out of Jedi Master Ken Block, also known as Hoon Skywalker, Snowkhana mimics the crazy stunts that attracted millions of YouTube views by miniaturizing them down to stop motion animation with toys. Cheeky, eh?

Featuring the antics of a little white Fiesta rally car driven by none other than “Mental Block," this third installment of the series is an epic tale that leads the viewer through paper and cardboard towns filled with plastic figurines from yesteryear. Keep your eyes peeled for an all-Ford drift-off, a storm trooper rocking a low rider on hydraulics, jingle bell soccer, a self-conscious Santa Claus, and Buzz Lightyear Van Damme. Oh yeah, and plenty of cotton ball smoke from all four corners.

Just like the Gymkhana series, each new installment of Snowkhana gets more and more detailed. The settings, the plot, the emotion - it’s all just a bit more complex. We also like the fact that Ford is paying someone to make these videos. Hey Pixar, eat your heart out!

If you’re feeling a little run down, take a few minutes to relax and hit play.

Check out the latest Gymkhana video after the jump.

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Video: Motor Trend's 2014 Best Driver's Car

Video: Motor Trend’s 2014 Best Driver’s Car

Motor Trend has released a video chronicling their search for the best driver’s car of 2014. It’s an epic, hour-long odyssey to find the ultimate ride in a stacked field of top performers, and it’s filled to the brim with gorgeous footage of the latest and greatest sports cars at the limit. Contenders for this year’s title include: the Alfa Romeo 4C, the BMW i8, the BMW M4, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, the Ford Fiesta ST, the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, the Nissan GT-R Nismo, the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the Subaru WRX STI, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The review is broken into two parts, as each car is put through its paces on twisty bits of California Highway 198 and flung down the corkscrew at the world-famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Hosted by Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago and touring car champion Randy Pobst, the finer points of driving each on the road and track is thoroughly dissected and examined. This isn’t a numbers game; winners and losers are determined by traits like ride stability, steering feel, power delivery, balance, and driver engagement. It’s really all about that ultimate intangible for a car: how it makes the driver feel behind the wheel.

Did Motor Trend nail it? Miss the mark? Which car do you think deserves the win? We want to read your thoughts in the comments below.

Click past the jump to see a list of the participants.

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Ford's Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

Ford’s Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Ford. The redesigned Mustang is set to go on sale as the first version of the pony to reach global markets, while the new-generation F-150 introduces the aluminum body to the pickup-truck segment. New additions also include the revised Expedition SUV and Transit van, introduced for the first time in North America as a replacement for the long-running E Series.

2015 will be equally busy, with several new or refreshed vehicles to hit dealer lots. The new Super Duty trucks, the Edge crossover, and the restyled Focus are the most important additions that come to mind. But Ford has a lot more going on for the remainder of the decade, according to Automotive News, who managed to obtain more details about what Ford may have in store for the next three years. Read on to find out more about Ford’s future product plans.

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Video: Ken Block Presents Boobkhana

Video: Ken Block Presents Boobkhana

We love Ken Block’s Gymkhana series like everybody else, but we have to admit, this new video may have topped them all. Yup. All six of them. This new video, which we assume is being prepared as its own series, is called Boobkhana. The name pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

In it, Block finds himself in Nagoya, Japan to perform a unique take of his famous Gymkhana stunts. But there is something different about this particular tire-screeching, smoke-creating run. Actually, there are two things different about it, or maybe even four depending on what you’re actually counting.

A lot of elements of Gymkhana are there, but as an added treat, Block invited a pair of, shall we say, "well-endowed" Japanese models to join him on his run. The two beautiful ladies are Rui Kiriyama and Yukie Kawamura and yes, they’re the obvious reasons why this video was coined “Boobkhana!”

The video pretty much shows you what it’s all about. Block performs his trademark stunts, spinning and screeching his Ford Fiesta through the course. But you can’t help but be a little distracted by his beautiful passengers and their "assets." Trust us when we tell you: it gets really, really distracting.

In the end, everybody got what they came for. Block stoked his adrenaline juices. Kiriyama and Kawamura were shrieking and screaming as they should. And we got what was offered to us, and then some.

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10 Best Budget Enthusiast Machines Under $20k

10 Best Budget Enthusiast Machines Under $20k

There is an overlying stigma that trying to buy a fun and sporty car will cost you an arm and a leg. We decided to set the record straight, and with a shoe-string budget of only $20,000 we have been able to come up with 10 brand-new cars that will make any enthusiast happy without breaking the bank. To make the list, each car must demonstrate a certain level of character, fun, and practicality. Cars were chosen based on weight, handling ability, and power. Also, every car chosen offers a manual transmission on the engine/trim level that we have chosen. So fun, practical and available with three-pedals. There isn’t much more that you really need when looking for a fun and cheap car.

Before you start frying about the great cars that are available for just a little bit more like the Mazda Miata and Ford Fiesta ST, or the amazing cars you can get used, we wanted to focus on the really cheap side of things. If you are already stretching your budget to get a $19-$20k car, buying something at $23k is just not an option. Also, if you are already stretching your budget to hit that $20k mark, the last thing you can afford is the cost of repairs and maintenance that comes with every used car. A full warranty is a very important thing for this market.

With all of that out of the way, let’s jump into this. As always, feel free to tell me how awesome and right all my choices are. If you think I left something off this list, let me know that too. Now hit that jump and enjoy.

See our top ten enthusiast cars for less than $20,000 after the break.

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2014 Ford Fiesta Black and Red Edition

2014 Ford Fiesta Black and Red Edition

The Ford Fiesta is already a very fashionable hatchback. It’s up to date, it comes with plenty of options, and its compact body has received a host of cool liveries at various auto shows. However, that didn’t stop the Blue Oval manufacturer from enhancing the car’s trendy appeal by launching a couple of special-edition models.

This time though, Ford is looking into a popular photography trend called "color popping". It’s a technique in which pictures are converted to black and white with only a small portion left to appear in color. Don’t worry though, Ford is not trying to sell you a white Fiesta with yellow mirror covers. These special-edition hatchbacks are finished in contrasting red and black combos and offered in two distinct color schemes.

As it stands, Ford is gunning for customers "with a passion for style and an eye for quality and detail." Is it just me, or the Fiesta Black and Red Editions are the Mini Coopers of the Ford lineup?

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford Fiesta Black And Red Editions.

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Video: Ken Block Vs Lewis Hamilton

Video: Ken Block Vs Lewis Hamilton

If you had the power, money, and influence of Top Gear, what would you do with it? If you answered with "Hold a massive festival of speed on a tropical island, and make an F1 car race against a rally car," then you need to click play on this video.

The Top Gear Festival Barbados took place just a few days ago, and one of the main festivities was a race between Lewis Hamilton and Ken Block. Lewis was in his Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 car from last season and Block was in his Ford Fiesta GRC.

To make things even more entertaining an enjoyable, part of the track was a modified dirt circuit with jumps for Block.

You may think it will be an easy win for the F1 car, but from the moment the flag drops it becomes very clear this will not be an easy race for Lewis.

I won’t spoil who wins, but the race is great fun to watch. Click play and enjoy the ultimate level of "cocking about" that only Top Gear can provide.

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Video: Ken Block Plays With Laser Lights In Latest Castrol Commercial

Video: Ken Block Plays With Laser Lights In Latest Castrol Commercial

We know Ken Block has sick drifting skills, but we didn’t know he was still as adept at smoking tires even with the lights turned off. The man famous for his Gymkhana videos definitely proved as much in this new commercial from Castrol Edge.

Block was joined by BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus, GP2 driver Adrian Zaugg, and DTM driver Mike Rockenfeller in this commercial. Together, all four drivers were given a unique challenge: drive their respective vehicles in complete darkness with only their headlights to put the company’s newest and strongest oil to the test.

The challenge looks simple enough until you realize how easy it is to get discombobulated by all the lighting effects, particularly the Laser Box that Block found himself in.

But true to their racing pedigrees, the drivers successfully pulled off all the stunts, capped off by Block doing his own drift tricks inside the Box. It’s definitely worth three minutes of your time, if only to see how Mr. Gymkhana himself manages to balance drifting his car while also enjoying that laser lights show.

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Video: Ken Block And Neymar Jr Present Castrol Footkhana

Video: Ken Block And Neymar Jr Present Castrol Footkhana

Ken Block’s Gymkhana series has given us a lot of incredible hooning memories over the past years. None of them, though, have been able to incorporate the sport of football into the mix. Well, there’s always a time for firsts and recently, the curiousity of seeing football and Gymkhana together in one video has finally been answered.

As expected, Block and his trusty Ford Fiesta RXC are part of the stunt. Joining them for this particular video, though, is no other than FC Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar Jr.

To be honest, we were left scratching our heads on the entire purpose of the video, other than to highlight the things Block and Neymar do best. First, Neymar tries to score goals with Block’s Fiesta serving as the goalkeeper. After that, it was Block’s turn to do the kicking, or at least a variation of it with his Fiesta RXC.

From there, it was just Block doing a whole lot tire smoking and Neymar performing his impressionable football skills. In the end, the two settled for a 3-3 tie in the "try-to-score-a-goal" competition, but like a lot of people who’ve seen the video, we were left more confused as to the point of the whole thing.

The stunts were definitely cool, but it hardly painted the right picture to make the story interesting.

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2014 Ford Fiesta Barracuda Racing

2014 Ford Fiesta Barracuda Racing

For all of the cute little descriptions attributed to the Ford Fiesta, it’s important to remember that the hatchback has a racing soul hiding underneath its compact appearance. It’s not an accident that guys like Ken Block use the Fiesta for their racing exploits, and now, ahead of the Global Rallycross season, the Fiesta is once again taking center stage as the car-of-choice of Barracuda Racing.

Barracuda Networks, Inc, a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, will be making its maiden foray into the world of rallying and it couldn’t have picked a worthier car to compete with than the Fiesta. If anything, it should serve veteran Bryan Herta and rookie driver Austin Dyne as they compete under the Barracuda Racing banner.

In order to compete in Global Rallycross, the team reconfigured the Fiesta to be an all-out powerhouse, tweaking the car’s engine to produce a staggering 600 horsepower, enough to hit 60 mph in just 1.8 seconds. In addition, Barracuda Racing also gave the Fiesta an impressive new livery that features a predominantly black finish with blue and orange trims spread throughout the race car. A huge rear wing spoiler and what looks like a roof exhaust have also been installed, largely attributed to improve the Fiesta’s performance and handling.

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Ken Block's Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta Shows Off Its 2014 Livery

Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta Shows Off Its 2014 Livery

With Gymkhana Six already online for a few months now, drift king Ken Block is gearing up for a full racing season.

His 2014 schedule will include events from the Global RallyCross, World RallyCross and the World Rally Championship and, since a new season requires a new car, the Long Beach-born driver got an updated Ford Fiesta to hoon around the globe.

Although Hoonigan Racing dropped the skateboard- and powerboat-inspired graphics for 2014, the blue and black color scheme that was introduced last year continues to adorn the souped-up Fiesta ST. However, the new livery is as original as it gets, now blending a zebra-like animal pattern and retro 8-bit computer graphics.

Granted, it’s an awkward recipe, but it’s Ken Block we’re talking about here. You won’t see him drifting a dull-liveried car — the 2014 Volkswagen Polo R WRC comes to mind — anytime soon.

"Every year I’m challenged with outdoing my livery from the season before," Block said while taking the wraps off the new race car, and we must admit he succeeded.

Block’s first Global RallyCross Championship appearance in 2014 will take place during the Barbados season opener on May 18th.

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Five Cars That Are More Exciting Than Your Valentine’s Day Plans

It is officially Valentine’s Day and that means that quite a few of you are planning some great romantic evening with the man or woman of your dreams. Well we hate to burst your bubble, but unless you are dating Elon Musk and he is taking you into space, there are a few cars that will definitely be more exciting than what you have planned tonight.

From supercars to quick convertibles to hot hatches, we have something here that is sure to press your buttons.

We have gathered a list of five cars that are more exciting than your Valentine’s Day plans.

When you get done going through the list, feel free to let us know if we missed your favorite car. If you actually have a Valentine’s Day extravaganza that you thinks beats one of our cars, let us know that too. We will be sure to praise you for coming up with something more amazing than any of us could.

Hit the jump to see what we picked.

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Video: Ken Block's Gymkhana 6 GoPro Edition

Video: Ken Block’s Gymkhana 6 GoPro Edition

There’s no doubting that Ken Block shots some of the most bad-ass videos we’ve ever seen. But have you ever wanted to get a first-hand look of the amazing Gymkhana course? We bet that the answer to this question is a resounding "yes" and, with this is mind, Block revealed the 6th installment of his world famous Gymkhana series from a slightly different angle.

Sure, this is the same course that we saw in the earlier Gymkhana 6 video, but this one offers up tons more cut shots, thanks to strategically placed GoPro cameras. And these new angles are enough to make this feel like an all new Gymkhana video, as you get a look at just how precise Block is in his Fiesta.

This dude is simply amazing, and we can’t say much more than that. Enjoy the video, folks.

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Video: BMW E46 M3 VS Ford Fiesta ST

Video: BMW E46 M3 VS Ford Fiesta ST

In the latest episode of The Smoking Tire, Matt Farah wanted to see just how much car you can get for around $25k in both the new and used markets. From the new market, he chose a 2014 Ford Fiesta ST and from the used market, he borrowed a friend’s E46 BMW M3. The Fiesta ST is a downright impressive hatchback that is unrivaled in its class, but the E46 M3 is still known as one of the best driver’s cars of all time.

Farah thinks that the Fiesta ST is easier to drive and that it offers a better equipped interior. Ford’s feisty hatchback is powered by a 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the E46 M3 gets a 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 333 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

On paper, it looks like the M3 would win hands down, but he didn’t test these cars on paper. Check out the video to see which one he prefers.

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Video: Mental Block Returns on Snowkhana Two

Video: Mental Block Returns on Snowkhana Two

Looks like Gymkhana isn’t the only viral phenomena we can expect from Ford these days.

This time a year ago, Ford of Europe released its own version of Ken Block’s now famous Gymkhana race-stunt series. Only that time, the role of Block was played by his inanimate cousin, Mental Block, and the Ford Fiesta rally car used in the stunts measured about four inches long.

So with Christmas once again upon us, the Blue Oval is back at it again with the second installment of Snowkhana, appropriately titled "Snowkhana Two." This time around, the Mental Block and his trusty steed find themselves in the always treacherous jungle called "under and around the Christmas tree."

Like a true savant drifter, Block and the Fiesta navigate around a pile of presents, other toy cars, a dinosaur, and even an excavator truck. And he did it all that while trying not to get too distracted by the cameo appearances of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Darth Vader, and Miley Cyrus riding on a wrecking ball...err...a Christmas ornament.

It’s all in good fun and a reminder to all of us that the holiday season still has the power to bring out the kids in all of us.

Click past the jump to watch Snowkhana One

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