Not so fast?
NOW, I realise I’ve been saying that I’m not sure about the 407kW WP quotes for this car. But I’m definitely drawing the line at calling it a porkie. Sometimes what feels like a hugely powerful car isn’t. And, just as often, you get a car that feels a bit lifeless that turns out to be a rocket on the strip. It’s down to perception from the driver’s seat, which can be misleading.
If, for instance, you jumped straight from a Toyota 86 into a Fiesta ST and were asked to nominate the quicker car, you’d probably point at the Fiesta. It feels perky and ballsy down low, making you think it’s fast. The 86 can feel lethargic and needs to be belted to get it near its power-zone. And even when you do, it doesn’t thrill you like the Ford. Around town, it kind of feels a bit limp and too much like hard work. Again, that’s the perception.
But what about the reality? Well, on paper, the two are very close. Both make 147kW of power (when the ST is on overboost) the difference being that in the Ford it turns up at about 6000rpm and in the Toyota, you need 7000rpm showing. The Fiesta thumps the 86 with 290Nm at about 2000rpm or so (on overboost) versus 205Nm produced at a screaming 6400rpm.
So the Fiesta is gonna rip the 86 a new one at the strip? Er, not so much. In fact, the 86 is a tad faster across 400m and while the best we’ve managed from a Fiesta ST is a low-15, I clearly recall running an 86 down the hotmix and looking down to see 14.9. Point is, trust your instincts, but don’t be blind to the hard data either. I’d still buy the Fiesta ST, though…