Ford has announced a more powerful version of its compact hot hatchback champion, the Fiesta ST. Meet the Fiesta ST200.
The Ford Fiesta ST is one of our favourite pocket rockets and an archrival to the popular Volkswagen Polo GTI and Renault Clio RS. But, whereas the ST's 1.6-litre turbocharged EcoBoost motor produces 134 kW and 240 Nm, the ST200 is claimed to push out 10% more power and 20% more torque, which would give it outputs of 147 kW and 290 Nm. The Ford Fiesta ST200 is said to achieve 100 kph from standstill in 6.7 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds faster than the standard model. It's not just about going fast in a straight line, though, as the ST200 has revised suspension to sharpen its handling.
Some of the handling upgrades include enhanced torque vectoring control, 3-mode electronic stability control, a specially modified front steering knuckle, an adapted rear twist-beam with increased roll stiffness, as well as unique front and rear spring and damper settings. Furthermore, the ST200's centre of gravity is 15 mm lower, it has a quicker steering ratio and shortened steering arm, plus an enhanced braking system with a larger tandem brake master cylinder and rear disc brakes
The ST200 features an exclusive Storm Grey exterior paint finish, matte black alloy wheels and red brake callipers. What's more, its custom interior has been enhanced with charcoal Recaro front seats trimmed in partial leather and accented by contrasting silver stitching, as well as illuminated scuff plates and seatbelts with silver detailing.
At the time of writing, Ford South Africa said it had no plans to introduce this model to our country. What a pity.
Watch the Ford Fiesta ST take on the Volkswagen Polo GTI