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Possible 2018 Ford Fiesta ST Test Mule Spotted: Spy Shots

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Website Carscoops has secured a series of spy photographs depicting what could be a test mule for the next evolution of the Ford Fiesta ST hot-hatch, with a handful of clues suggesting that the car is indeed something more than just an ordinary Fiesta prototype.

While spy shots purporting to show test mules for the forthcoming seventh-generation Fiesta hatchback have hardly been scarce, this is the first photo we’ve seen that might be depicting a future Fiesta ST. Nonetheless, the visible presence of a decently-sized intercooler, dual exhaust outlets, a rear roof spoiler, and big rims with low-profile rubber suggests that this is not a basic Fiesta test mule.

Carscoops suggests that the next Ford Fiesta ST would keep the same basic powertrain as the current hot-hatch, featuring a small, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. However, output will likely climb past 200 horsepower (not counting “overboost” mode), whether or not displacement is increased. An even hotter Fiesta RS remains a possibility for the seventh-generation car, perhaps with an AWD system similar to that on the Focus RS, but we’re not holding our breath.

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The next generation of the base model Ford Fiesta is expected to launch globally sometime in 2017, with a new Fiesta ST trailing by as little as a year. We’ll surely know more in the coming months.

For the full 2018 Ford Fiesta ST test mule gallery, be sure to stop by Carscoops.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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