To many the new Fiesta ST is overdue; the previous model ended in 2008. That had a 2.0-litre normally aspirated engine with 150PS. The new one is improved in almost every single way. It has a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine. This puts out 180PS and 240Nm of torque, whilst keeping emissions 20% lower that the previous ST. 0-62mph will be dealt with in under 7 seconds, and the top speed is around 136mph. This is definitely a hot hatch then!
The improvements are not just to the engine though. Developed by Ford’s Team RS, the Fiesta ST will have a specially tuned chassis, sitting 15mm lower than the standard Fiesta. Also featured will be Ford’s enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system to keep the front wheels in check, and three modes on the Electronic Stability Control. These systems have been tested at the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife to tweak them to perfection; over 5,000km of driving at the ‘ring was completed.
Ford’s director of Global Performance Vehicles, Jost Capito, said: “We believe Ford customers will be blown away by the new Fiesta ST, and not only by the exhilarating performance but by the styling and specification, too. This dynamic new hot-hatch is undoubtedly our best Fiesta ST to date.”
The interior sees a much-needed sporting makeover, including big Recaro seats, ST badging and kickplates. The ST will also be available with MyKey. This allows owners to limit performance and prevent safety systems being disabled with certain keys. This means the car can be tailored to suit less experienced drivers while the petrolhead can keep the power key somewhere safe!
Much like the Fiesta and Focus ST concepts, the production-ready Fiesta ST sees the same bold grille to set it apart from standard Fiesta’s. The front lights are also different, and a twin exhaust at the back hints towards the performance hiding under the bonnet.
“We’re delighted to be bringing a new generation Fiesta ST to our European enthusiasts in 2013 and we’ll have more to say about our plans for other markets in the near future,” said Capito. “With the Fiesta ST joining the new Focus ST, we will again be able to deliver a choice of affordable small performance cars that are designed to deliver a unique blend of stand-out styling and dynamic on-road performance with true practicality for everyday use.”
Here at Simply Motor, we like the look of this Fiesta ST. It is overdue but it looks to be worth the wait. The old one didn’t differentiate itself enough from the standard car, particularly in terms of interior trim, and it’s good to see that this has been seen to with the new one. 2013 can’t come quick enough!