Geneva Motor Show 2016: Ford has unveiled a new version of the Fiesta ST that promises greater performance in the same compact hatchback package.
The Fiesta ST200 uses the same 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol as the standard Fiesta, except power has been increased by ten per cent. This takes the total power to 200PS ─ hence ST200 ─ and torque up 20 per cent to 290Nm (213lb/ft).
For blasting away from the lights or overtaking, the Fiesta ST200 can make use of an extra 15PS and 30Nm of torque for 15 seconds using an overboost function. That and a 4.06 ratio final drive (shortened from 3.82 in the Fiesta ST) improves in-gear acceleration.
These changes help the Fiesta ST200 go from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds, bettering the standard Fiesta ST by two-tenths of a second. Top speed, meanwhile, is 143mph.
Like the Fiesta ST, the ST200 benefits from enhanced Torque Vectoring Control and Electronic Stability Control systems, increased roll-stiffness, unique front and rear spring and damper settings, more powerful brakes, 15mm lower centre of gravity and a sharper steering ratio.
In terms of styling, the Fiesta ST200 gets a unique ‘Storm Grey’ paintjob, 17-inch alloy wheels, red painted brake calipers and an interior with partial leather Charcoal Recaro front seats with contrasting silver stitching. It also has illuminated scuff plates and seatbelts with silver detailing.
Ford Europe vice president of product development Joe Bakaj said: “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. I think it’s a future classic in the making.”
The Ford Fiesta ST has sold more than 30,000 units in Europe since it launched in 2013, 19,200 of which found owners in Britain, suggesting our thirst for hot-hatches is as strong as ever.
Ford declined to give a price or when the ST200 will be available to buy. A premium on the standard Fiesta ST, which starts from £17,395, is extremely likely.