► The ultimate Ford Fiesta ST
► A bit more more than ST-3
► Same power, new springs, less weight
Ford has revealed a limited-edition version of the already impressive Fiesta ST. The latest iteration of the supermini features a handful of styling and handling upgrades, though only 500 will be built. And of those 500, just 300 are coming to the UK.
‘Our new Fiesta ST Edition squeezes even more excitement out of the best-handling compact hot-hatch on the road,’ said Stefan Muenzinger, Ford Performance manager for Europe. ‘The Edition model puts drivers firmly in control with the ability to manually adjust the feel of their car and fine-tune the handling to suit their personal preference.’
Like previous editions, the Fiesta ST edition will be available in an exclusive Azura Blue finish, and also features extra bit of high gloss black dotted around the car. It’ll feature carbonfibre detailing side along with special blue stitching and a new steering wheel which features a Sport button like the Focus ST.
The Fiesta ST Edition also gets some suspension upgrades to improve the standard car’s already impressive agility even further; a two-way adjustable coil-over suspension adds new levels of fine-tuning and customisation to the supermini.
Finished in Ford Performance blue, the upgrade package was tested on the ‘Ring (where else?) and initially drops the ride heigh 15mm at the front and 10mm at the rear. Twelve button settings can be chosen by the driver, along with 16 rebound settings.
The Fiesta ST Edition also benefits from lighter ten-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels which drop around 8kg from the car. And like the ST-3 on which its based, it comes with a Quaife LSD to dial out torque-steer.
It’ll cost a little more than the standard car, too, at £27,075.
What’s the same?
Power remains unchanged, so expect the same forced-induction, 1.5-litre three-cylinder as before – goof for 197bhp and 124lb ft of torque. It’s good for 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, .
And while every other sporty hatch seems to be getting an auto’ box, the ST is still available with a six-speed manual, only.