Little and large: two performance Fords hit LA
Another classic feature from the last 20 years of TG mag: can a 'world car' work for passionate performance sub-brands?
Posted: 18 Oct 2013
The Mustang, on the other hand, looks wayward. Scary. And that's with GT500-specific suspension settings. The Fiesta ST hasn't had a root-and-branch overhaul; it's got unique-to-the-ST suspension and steering, and that drop in ride-height, but other than that and an ‘enhanced' eTVC (Torque Vectoring Control) to make a sort of electronic semi-limited-slip diff, it's pretty much Fiesta standard. Clever arrangement rather than re-engineering... world-car stuff. Familiar, but engaging. It's cracking: incredibly grippy, and its resistance to understeer, even when really pushed deep into the armpit of a corner, is fabulous. There are flick-flack loaded rights and lefts, connected briefly by brief straights. The Mustang can't lose the little Fiesta in the tighter corners, but given a chance to lunge out to the extremities of third gear, it pulls out a lead. But every corner, every flat-out exit, every little lift and shimmy from the Fiesta, has me grinning. It's easy, and satisfying, and laugh-out-loud fun. I'm sure Pat's having a whale of a time, too, but not exactly in the same way...