New Fiesta ST200 unveiled at Geneva
By James Mosley
Ford has used the Geneva Motor Show to launch an even more powerful version of its ever popular Ford Fiesta ST, the new Fiesta ST200.
The Fiesta ST200 uses a beefed up version of the 1.6 litre EcoBoost already found in the current Fiesta ST, this time producing 197bhp up from the standard version’s 180bhp, along with 214 Ib ft of torque – up from 180 Ib ft in the standard car. Just like the standard car, the ST200 also features a limited overboost function that will lift the car’s output to 212bhp and 236 Ib ft of torque for up to 15 seconds.
It’s well known that Ford’s official tuning partner mountune already offer an upgrade for the Fiesta ST that doesn’t void your warranty (MP215) but the ST200 has further extensive upgrades not covered by the mountune upgrade.
The car now features torque vectoring control as standard and a three stage electronic stability program, and Ford’s engineers have also shortened the final drive ratio to increase in gear performance and acceleration, with the 0-62 mph sprint dropping 2 tenths to 6.7 seconds, and a slight increase in top speed to 143mph. Other modifications include a revised steering knuckle and rear twist beam to increase roll stiffness, new damper settings to lower the centre of gravity and a quicker steering ratio. The Fiesta ST200 also features better rear brakes.
Not content with just tweaking the mechanicals, Ford has also seen fit to give the car a new coat of paint called Storm Grey, together with new matt black wheels and extra interior detailing and unique badging.
It is likely the ST200 will be the final version of the incredibly successful, with no RS version reported to be on the horizon prior to the release of an all new Fiesta model next year. Availability of the new Fiesta ST200 has yet to be announced but it is likely to arrive in the UK in limited numbers this summer.