Ford has started production of the new Fiesta ST – the first of its type to record a 0-62mph acceleration time of less than seven seconds.
Developed by Ford Team RS, this hot new supermini is powered by a 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine which achieves 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 137mph, thanks to 182PS and 290Nm. Despite the generous power and performance, fuel consumption is impressive, with 48mpg combined and just 138g/km of CO2 emissions.
Ford has further refined the Fiesta ST’s excellent chassis with new steering and suspension settings and new braking components. An enhanced version of Ford’s Torque Vectoring Control system, and a three-mode Electronic Stability Control system, contribute to a rewarding and secure driving experience.
“The new Fiesta ST is a very modern performance car built on more than 30 years of fast Fiestas and a global development process,” said Juergen Gagstatter, chief programme engineer, Performance Cars, Ford of Europe. “This vehicle is a significant step forward, both in terms of our proud heritage of blending a powerful engine with a dynamic chassis, and also in achieving reduced fuel consumption and emissions.”
The new model features a unique new honeycomb mesh trapezoidal grille exterior and dramatic rear diffuser element. The high contrast interior is also equipped with Recaro seats as standard for the first time.
With UK sales forecast at 5,000 a year, more than half of European Fiesta ST production is destined for Britain. Take a look at a Fiesta ST video here.