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American Pocket Rocket: 350hp EcoBoost Ford Fiesta

It was only a matter of time before the gentlemen at Ford Racing got their hands on a Fiesta, and yes, they went so far as to milk 350hp from a 2.0L Ecoboost inline four. That’s comparable power to the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO between the fenders of a 2,500lb compact… 

How, why, Gremlin, you ask? From the press release:

“Ford Racing Performance Parts is putting its own spin on a Fiesta at SEMA, outfitting a concept Fiesta in a way that is sure to get the hearts of high-performance enthusiasts pumping. The Fiesta will have a production-based 2.0-liter EcoBoost™ engine, enlarged to 2.3 liters to pump out 350 horsepower.

“The goal of our 350-horsepower Fiesta is really twofold – first to reinforce Fiesta’s fun-to-drive nature with an extreme version that captures the attention of the influential enthusiast, and second, to introduce the Ford Racing/EcoBoost connection in a way that’s unexpected and outrageous,” said Mickey Matus, Ford Racing Performance group marketing manager. “In both cases, we’re targeting the discriminating performance enthusiast with our message. After all, they are the people others rely on for automotive expertise and recommendations.”

But is it a Gremlin?

“The car comes equipped with several Ford Racing Performance Parts options that are currently available at www.fordracingparts.com. A short-throw shifter offers more precise shifting, while a Ford Racing exhaust gives off a deeper, throatier exhaust note. Also available are 17-inch wheels that are cast-aluminum and painted in charcoal gray.

Additionally, the car features Brembo brakes that offer the ultimate in stopping power, and
Ohlins dual-flow valve dampers that deliver comfort and agility.” 

Gremlins didn’t’ have those things. And were ugly. 

To drive home the point that Fiestas are highly customizable both from the dealership floor and beyond, Ford will also be displaying versions of the car at SEMA built specially by some of the most respected names in the business. The list includes:

-Universal Technical Institute
-3D Carbon
-L&G Enterprises 
-H&R Springs
-Steeda Autosports
-FSWerks 

Don’t miss these dandies and many more at SEMA, November 2-5 in Las Vegas.  


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Brandon Seiler is a bonafide car guy, member of the Northwest Auto Press Association and proud Washingtonian. He covers the latest auto news, technology, and pretty much anything having to do with car culture. You don't have to like cars to read his blogs, you just have to be able to read.

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