Today, we find ourselves in the midst of a veritable hot-hatch renaissance, with fans of the souped-up, spoiler-laden hatchback truly spoiled for choice. Much of the segment’s vigor comes from Ford Motor Company, whose Focus ST, Fiesta ST, and now Focus RS, hot-hatches easily rank among the most satisfying small cars available today.
Yet despite the breadth of entrants available, we find ourselves pining for a hot-hatch which will likely never be: a Ford Ka ST. UK-based website Car Keys rendered an image that depicts what such a hot city car might look like, and the result is really quite superb.
Strictly speaking, Ford Motor Company doesn’t need another hot-hatch, of course. What’s more: seeing as the Ka has never penetrated US shores, we have little reason to expect that a Ford Ka ST would ever be sold here (although a recent trademark filing suggests the city car could in fact enter the US market). But all this is rather beside the point.
When it launched in 2013, the Ford Fiesta ST built on the core virtues of the Focus ST – namely, fun and engagement – by offering similarly-high performance in an even smaller, more nimble package. Just imagine how shrinking the package yet again would contribute to driver satisfaction.
Although it’s never likely to come about, the Ford Ka ST is a product we could get behind.