New Fiesta models mark debut of the world’s most powerful 1.0-litre production engine.
The hatchback market just got hotter. Ford has unveiled the Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black Edition, both of which come with a new version of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that has more power-per-litre than a Bugatti Veyron.
Ford’s pint-sized 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine now has 138bhp, giving the Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black Edition a 0 to 62mph time of 9 seconds and a top speed of 125mph. Not bad for an engine with just 104g/km of CO2 emissions and a claimed 62.8mpg.
The 12 per cent increase in power comes from direct injection, variable cam timing and a higher dosage of turbo boost. Ford has also taken time to revise the gear ratios for the five-speed manual gearbox, introduce a stiffer rear axle and adjust the Electronic Power Assisted Steering system to provide more feedback when steering.
Standing out in Britain’s most popular car is no mean feat, but the bold two-tone styling of the Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black Edition should help no end. The model has contrasting upper and lower grille surrounds, front bumper and mirror caps to go with 17-inch black alloys.
A bodykit with front and rear sports bumpers, side skirts and a rear roof spoiler also help tell the world this is a Fiesta like no other. Inside are black leather sport seats with red stitching and the usual interior gubbins.
Standard features include MyKey, a system that lets parents put certain restrictions on the car such as a maximum speed, Ford’s Sync infotainment system and Active City Stop for helping prevent low-speed collisions.
Both cars are identical save for the Black Edition’s lairier appearance. Those of a more subtle disposition should look towards the Red Edition.
“These two new Fiestas make an unquestionably bold statement on the road and will give drivers an equally distinctive experience behind the wheel with a sportier version of our 1.0-litre EcoBoost and enhancements to the Fiesta’s acclaimed ride and handling,” Ford European marketing, sales and service vice president Roelant de Waard commented.
The Ford Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black Edition start at £15,995.