The new Ford Fiesta ST is Ford’s fastest and most dynamic small production performance car ever, employing a precision-tuned and driver-focused powertrain and chassis to deliver what Ford says is the ultimate Fiesta driving experience.
Developed by Ford Team RS, the European arm of Ford Motor Company’s Global Performance Vehicle group, the new Fiesta ST is equipped with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine to achieve 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds and offer 182PS and 240Nm of torque. Top speed is 137mph.
Ford Team RS tuned the powertrain, suspension, steering and brakes for optimised driving dynamics; and introduced features only previously found in larger performance cars – including enhanced Torque Vectoring Control (eTVC) and 3-mode Electronic Stability Control (ESC), six-speed manual transmission and rear disc brakes.
Everyday practicality is underlined by fuel efficiency of 47.9mpg (combined) and 138 g/km CO2* – a 20 per cent emissions reduction compared with the previous generation Fiesta ST, though it produces almost 20 per cent more power than the first-generation model’s 2.0-litre engine.
The EcoBoost engine’s low weight contributes towards improved handling; and brings technologies including turbocharging, high-pressure direct fuel-injection and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing.
The unique engine and a new six-speed manual transmission calibration was refined at the Nürburgring Nordschleife over the equivalent of more than 100 laps of the 21km circuit.
The new Fiesta ST features a large trapezoidal grille with a unique honeycomb construction and dramatic rear diffuser element. The refined high-contrast interior is equipped with Recaro seats, and a new Sound Symposer channels the engine note to the cabin to ensure the distinctive engine roar is integral to the driving experience. Ford has also introduced SYNC and MyKey.
“The new Fiesta ST delivers remarkable levels of performance, design and quality to offer an unsurpassed driving experience,” said Juergen Gagstatter, chief programme engineer, Fiesta ST. “Ford’s European customers are connoisseurs of the hot hatchback and the new Fiesta ST speaks directly to that passion for performance