Published on March 19th, 2012 | by Seán Ward0
Ford Fiesta ST – More Pictures
The new car replaces the previous Fiesta ST with a more economical turbocharged 1.6 litre engine that the outgoing 2.0 litre naturally aspirated unit.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that the new ST is anything other than a proper little hot hatch: 190 bhp, 240 Nm of torque, 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds, and a top speed of 136 mph.
Developed by the team that came up with the monster Ford Focus RS, which very quickly became famous for embarrassing Porsche owners and ruining your face, a significant proportion of development was undertake at the Nürburgring, although what time it was able to achieve has not been released.
For is still adamant that despite the Nürburgring testing, the RS will be as comfortable, if not more so, than the current Fiesta, with deep bucket seats, a full leather and carbon fibre interior, and a standard stereo system that wouldn’t look out of place in a more upmarket saloon from BMW, Mercedes or Audi.
“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,” said Jost Capito, Ford’s director of Global Performance Vehicles.
“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.
“We’ll have more to say about our plans for other markets in the near future.”