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What are the gear ratios on the FiST? I've seen comments that it hits 58mph at redline in second gear and that seems bizarre to me.

Ford comes out with the SVT Focus in 2002 with 170hp/145tq and I've hit 70mph at redline in second many times.

Then Ford comes out with thr Fiesta ST with 197hp/212tq and it only goes to 58mph in second?

All that low end torque and power but such short gearing? I know the gearing on the SVTF was stupid long but it seems like they could have made the gearing a bit longer on the FiST.

Granted, I haven't driven a FiST yet, so those who have, what are your thoughts on the gear ratios when driving around town and also in a sporty manner?

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The Cobb Stage III tune and sticky (Advan Neova, Direzza Star-spec, etc.) 215/40 tires is the answer. The redline increases to 7000, so (with the slightly taller gearing provided by taller tires) 2nd gear reaches 63 mph, thus elliminating the second shift. Cobb also supplies launch control and flat-foot shifting, and a bunch of extra torque. That's a change of five factors that completely changes your 0-60 times. Flat-foot shifting means the waste gate will not open when you shift, significantly reducing turbo lag entering 2nd gear.
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