Ford UK will be allocated half of the European production of the company’s flying Fiesta ST when it hits the showrooms towards the end of this month.
Product marketing manager Alan Wood said that Ford will sell 5,000 of the 137mph Fiestas in Britain, with 600 orders already taken for what is one of the most eagerly-awaited hot Fords since the previous ST went out of production five years ago.
There have been hot versions of the Fiesta since the XR2 in 1981, and the previous ST was produced between 2005 and 2008. Wood said: “We sold around 17,000 STs during the first production run and we have high hopes for this model.
“The price entry point is £16,995 which gives us a really good competitive edge over rivals such as the Vauxhall Corsa VXR and Peugeot 208 GTi, coming in around £2,000 lower. We have also been given good residual value ratings by CAP.”
The Fiesta ST is powered by a 1.6-litre 182bhp engine, with 240Nm of torque available from 1,500rpm to 5,000rpm. Two versions will be available, with the £1,000 ST2 upgrade getting part-leather Recaro seats, LED lamps and a better stereo. A maximum of 290Nm and 200bhp are available through a time-limited over-boost. Power is fed to the front wheels via a six-speed transmission.
The car also features Ford’s enhanced vectoring system, first seen on the Focus ST, which brakes the inner wheel if traction is lost during cornering. This allows swifter progress through the bends, with a sports mode on the electronic stability control also allowing for a small amount of tail-sliding antics.