Subaru BRZ vs Ford Fiesta ST

Picture of Subaru BRZ
Picture of Ford Fiesta ST
Category Subaru BRZFord Fiesta ST
Engine layout 2.0 l B41.6 l R4
Max power (ps / bhp) 200 / 197180 / 178
Max torque (Nm / lb-ft) 205 / 151240 / 177
Curb weight (kg / lb) 1249 / 27541248 / 2751
Power / tonne (ps / bhp) 160 / 158144 / 142

Acceleration

Speed & distance Subaru BRZFord Fiesta ST
0 - 40 kph 2.2 s2.2 s
0 - 50 kph 2.9 s2.8 s
0 - 80 kph 5.4 s4.9 s
0 - 100 kph 6.8 s7.0 s
0 - 130 kph 12.2 s10.8 s
0 - 160 kph 18.7 s17.7 s
0 - 180 kph 21.1 s24.2 s
0 - 200 kph 33.8 s29.0 s
Est. 1000 m 30.0 s @ 193.0 kph28.7 s @ 199.0 kph
0 - 100 mph 16.2 s16.4 s
Est. 1/8 mile 10.8 s @ 78.9 mph10.6 s @ 80.8 mph
1/4 mile 14.9 s @ 95.7 mph15.0 s
Est. 1/2 mile 26.3 s @ 115.6 mph25.1 s @ 118.7 mph

Rolling acceleration

Speed Subaru BRZFord Fiesta ST
80 - 120 kph (4) 8.4 s5.7 s
80 - 120 kph (5) 9.4 s7.4 s
80 - 120 kph (6) 13.5 s9.7 s
80 - 160 kph (4) 17.5 s13.1 s
80 - 160 kph (5) 22.3 s16.3 s
Est. 100 - 200 kph 26.4 s22.0 s

General performance

Category Subaru BRZFord Fiesta ST
Top speed 226 kph (140 mph)220 kph (137 mph)
Est. max acceleration 0.43 g (4 m/s²)0.47 g (5 m/s²)
18m slalom 66.5 kph (41.3 mph)67.5 kph (41.9 mph)
100 kph - 0 36 m (117 ft)37 m (120 ft)
200 kph - 0 152 m (499 ft)144 m (474 ft)

Summary

Category Subaru BRZFord Fiesta ST
Track Performance 976988
Straight line speed 17882336
Total 27653324

Verdict

Fiesta ST is the fastest by a small margin.

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saxy  6y ago

well where I live the Fiesta is priced at about 26k USD, and the BRZ at some 53k.


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BR2+  6y ago

Not a huge difference, The biggest ive seen, Or atleast was able to see, Was a €9,000 difference in Germany, In the UK its only a £4,245 difference, Not huge or double. All variants of the BRZ/GT86/FRS are pretty much the same price everywhere, Id say both cars are priced pretty nicely wherever you are, But id rather spend that extra 6k and get the new STI or 5.0


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saxy  6y ago

oh... i've been mistaken. I stand corrected. However, I don't think it's overpriced in the states. Elsewhere tho... The pricing on those cars are pathetically different all over the world. I thought the FRS was a cheaper version of the Toyota, so that they can sell both the BRZ and GT86 more everywhere around the world. Didn't expect the BRZ to be cheap in the states as well

Nonetheless, I think 25k USD is a very very good price for a BRZ because it's RWD, and barely more costly than a FWD Civic of similar power.

BUTTTT, everywhere else in the world it's quite expensive. Where I live it's 2x the price of the Fiesta... and more expensive than the Impreza WRX which has AWD and 268hp. That's stupid


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BR2+  6y ago

Its actually less, The FRS is $225.0 less then the BRZ, And $4,525 more then a Fiesta ST.

Short answer, Both cars are ment to be affordable fun and stylish, Plain n simple, Other then those 3 reasons, I dont see any other reason to get one, You want Mpg get a Prius, You want a rally car get a WRX, You want reliability get a Honda or Chevy, You want luxury get a MB or Audi. But if you want those 3 things, Get those 2 cars.


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Shaggy  6y ago

I'd like to see the WRX turbo engine in the BRZ, the Toyota GT86 in America, with at least a V6 from the Camry, and the V6 Camry engine in the FR/S.


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Flabernat  6y ago

The BRZ starts $795 more than the FRS, I wouldn't call that "so much more"(source: http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos)

My previous comment listed at least 6 qualities the FiestaST has an advantage to the BRZ/FRS, 5 of which weren't laptimes. And the FiestaST is $5k cheaper.
... I just don't get the appeal of the BRZ/FRS. It's RWD, so? It's not fast, it's not frugal, it burned up its brakes within a few hard laps, it's tires are terrible, and it's not really cheap.
This is how I see it; you can go faster, have as much fun, be more frugal, and spend a whole lot less.
... A simple WRX version(engine, brakes, tires), would transform it into a spectacular driving machine, until then, it's just underwhelming.


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saxy  6y ago

The equivalent car in the US, the FRS is only 25k USD

And didn't I say the laptimes are only a part of the story? it uses Prius tires. A very cheap fix of a few hundred bucks and it'll be much faster than the fiesta despite being a much bigger car.

the biggest problem with this car is not the comparison to the Fiesta... but to the FRS. Why would you pay so much more for a Subaru, if you can get something practically the same for a whole lot less


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BR2+  6y ago

....So what the problem is?..


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Flabernat  6y ago

@saxy I have to disagree.
The BR-Z definitely isn't more of a car than the Fiesta ST.
... The ST has only 3hp less, over 60ft-lbs torque more, faster around a race track, averages 6-7mpg better, and costs $5k less. Oh and it's a practical hatchback as well.
If you remember when MotorTrend tested them at LagunaSeca they said the BRZ used up all it's brakes, I didn't hear any such complaints about the FiestaST.
...As far as I can see it, the only advantage to the BRZ is RWD. For nearly $30k Subaru should be able to give it proper brakes/tires and a WRX turbo engine.
... Then, I say, it would be perfect!


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saxy  6y ago

So? Perfect reason why lap times are a part of the story. The equivalent car in the US costs 25k. Quite cheap for much more car than a fiesta. And remove the Prius tires for something more reasonable sporty and it would be much faster.... But again why would u need it to be?


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Shaggy  6y ago

That should tell Subaru something.


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Flabernat  6y ago

Wow, beat by the Fiesta ST...