Thursday, 9 June 2016

NEWS – Fiesta ST200 now available to order

Ford Performance has taken the acclaimed Fiesta ST compact hot hatch and made it even hotter. It’s called the Fiesta ST200, and as a fitting accompaniment to the 40-year anniversary of Fiesta, is the most powerful production Fiesta ever. The Fiesta ST200 produces 10 per cent more power and 20 per cent more torque than the standard ST; with 200PS and 290Nm from a specially calibrated 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.

The 0-62mph dash is dealt with in 6.7 seconds (0.2 seconds faster than the standard ST) and The ST200 is geared for sharper in-gear acceleration. To further optimise the driving experience, it also features enhanced suspension and steering, elevating its award-winning dynamic handling and ride quality. You can be sure the ST200 stops as well as it goes; with 278mm front and 253mm rear disc brakes.

Production of the new hot hatchback – equipped with exclusive specification including unique Storm Grey exterior, distinctive machined matt black alloy wheels and special interior detailing –begins in June with first deliveries to customers soon after.

“The Fiesta ST is truly beloved by owners and critics. The ST200 takes this special drivers’ car to a new level of power and performance,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “We think it’s a future classic in the making.”

The Fiesta ST200 utilises upgraded suspension and Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) settings to improve ride quality and driving dynamics. A rear twist-beam with 27 per cent more roll-stiffness and a front anti-roll bar increased to 21mm from 19mm diameter support revised damper specifications for better impact absorption. Like the Fiesta ST, the ST200 sits 15mm closer to the road than standard Fiesta models.

“The Fiesta ST has been a hit with performance drivers because of its go-kart-like handling and powerful engine,” said Darren Palmer, small car vehicle line director, Ford of Europe. “The revised Fiesta ST200 chassis enhances composure and control, and improves passenger comfort as well.”

Driving dynamics are supported by Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control (eTVC) and 3-mode Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The eTVC system applies brake force to the inside front wheel when cornering to improve road holding and reduce understeer without affecting speed. ESC offers full system intervention; wide-slip mode with limited intervention; and full ESC de-activation for when you want to really push the limits of the excellent chassis.

The styling of the ST200 is a little bolder than the standard car, and is only available with an exclusive Storm Grey exterior colour and distinctive 17-inch ST alloys wheels finished in matt black with polished rims. Red painted callipers are also standard.

An enhanced interior specification includes unique partial leather Charcoal Recaro front seats that are further distinguished with contrasting silver stitching, as are the seatbelts. Illuminated scuff plates incorporate the ST200 logo. Carbon fibre dashboard inserts, alloy-metal pedals and gear knob complete a sporty and charismatic interior.

The Fiesta ST200 is now available to order, priced at £22,745.

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