1.6 performance

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Hey guys I'm new to the fiesta world. I bought a 2016 used car for gas mileage and work commute so I dont use my truck so much. Of course as all guys do I started looking into performance. Mine is the N/A 1.6 with a manual trans. I have a couple of questions. Of course more power is good, but I'll focus a lot on handling. With the 1.6 is the N/A and the ST turbo engine basically the same engines besides being configured for a turbo? Also can the N/A reasonably make 200-250 hp with upgrades other than turbo? I got this car super cheap and it's fun to drive the little thing so I figured I would play with it.
 
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Hello and welcome to the forum. You made a good choice of the manual transmission Fiesta. It will give you a comfortable and economical ride.
As far as increasing the power goes, you are limited to a cold air intake and a low restriction filter, such as is popular on Mustangs and pick-ups.
The ECM is locked up on the basic Fiesta. The ST version is more mod friendly. But the ST version is not really an inexpensive car to modify. An ST owner has many more choices for upgrades and those decisions can escalate the costs far beyond what most people are expecting a small, four cylinder hatchback to be.
The handling of the basic Fiesta is much easier to upgrade. Many owners of the basic Fiesta have found that Koni or Bilstein offer much improved shocks and struts. There is also a noticable improvement to be found with lighter wheels not larger than 16 inch diameter.
Going further, some people are changing the springs to a slightly lower type when they replace the shocks/struts. There are a few other things that make adjustments to the ride/handling balance easier to adjust, like adjustable end links and poly sway bar bushings. You have to think about what you want to achieve and weigh the costs of a change . Many owners choose to do upgrades when certain components are almost ready for replacement. It helps to justify the slight extra cost for better shocks and struts if the originals are used up anyways. Good luck with your new ride!
 
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And there is no way around the computer on this car?
 
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I am unaware of any kind of chip, piggyback ecu's or magic wand that will change the engine calibration of a Basic, non turbocharged fiesta.
 
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The 1.6l N/A engines is what ford calls the 1.6l Ti-VCT duratec. Twin independent vairable camshaft timing. ST engine is 1.6l ecoboost. This engine is not the same and ECUs would not be compatible.

Pumaspeed UK has some performance for the duratec. But again euro versions have diffrent ECUs which mean the Tuners they offer are not compatible....bummer.
 
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Many of the early buyers of the basic Fiesta, me included, had high hopes for the release of a couple of engine control reflashes so we could use premium fuel, upgrade the cams, injectors and intake to get us something closer to the performance of a decent 2 liter engine. Without the extra complexity of the turbo set-up. Most of us back in 2009, saw the various aftermarket parts for the Euro Fiesta and ordered our cars in expectation of being able to do some upgrades.
I remember reading that the early "handraisers" selected the manual transmission by almost 50 percent! Which is way above the normal take rate.
I adjusted my plan to work on the suspension more than the engine. I have had a lot of fun with my basic Fiesta in autocross, but it has been a process of little improvements and work arounds.
 
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Many of the early buyers of the basic Fiesta, me included, had high hopes for the release of a couple of engine control reflashes so we could use premium fuel, upgrade the cams, injectors and intake to get us something closer to the performance of a decent 2 liter engine. Without the extra complexity of the turbo set-up. Most of us back in 2009, saw the various aftermarket parts for the Euro Fiesta and ordered our cars in expectation of being able to do some upgrades.
I remember reading that the early "handraisers" selected the manual transmission by almost 50 percent! Which is way above the normal take rate.
I adjusted my plan to work on the suspension more than the engine. I have had a lot of fun with my basic Fiesta in autocross, but it has been a process of little improvements and work arounds.[/QUOTEim

Still gonna do exhaust and intake. Got handling. Its still a very fun car in the corners for sure.
 


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