Ford's Hot And Compact ST200 Unveiled

BY Azfar Hashim

The most powerful production Fiesta in Ford's history also features exclusive specification with unique Storm Grey exterior, matt black alloy wheels and special interior detailing

The acclaimed Ford Fiesta ST compact hot hatch is about to get even hotter. Ford has revealed - ahead of the Geneva Motor Show - a new Ford Fiesta ST200 model that delivers 10 per cent more power and 20 per cent more torque, with 200 PS (197 hp) and 290 Nm from a specially calibrated 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.

The most powerful production Fiesta ever, the Fiesta ST200 will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7sec, and will feature an exclusive specification including a unique Storm Grey exterior, distinctive machined matt black alloy wheels and special interior detailing. Production of the Fiesta ST200 starts from June with customer deliveries this summer. “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,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “I think it’s a future classic in the making.”

The Fiesta ST200’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine can deliver an additional 15 PS (14 hp) and 30 Nm of torque for up to 15 seconds using transient overboost. A 4.06 ratio final drive — shortened from 3.82 in the Fiesta ST — further enhances in-gear acceleration for improved drivability and an even more fun to drive experience. Top speed is 230 km/h.

Like the Fiesta ST, the ST200 delivers optimised cornering and agility using Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control and 3-mode Electronic Stability Control, a specially modified front steering knuckle, an adapted rear twist-beam with increased roll-stiffness, unique front and rear spring and damper settings which brings it 15 mm lower to the ground, sharper 13.69:1 steering ratio and shortened steering arm and a larger tandem brake master cylinder and rear disc brakes to enhance the braking system.

In addition to the exclusive exterior colour and 17-inch alloy wheel specification, Fiesta ST200 models also will feature red painted brake callipers and an enhanced interior with unique partial leather Charcoal Recaro front seats and contrasting silver stitching, alongside illuminated scuff plates and seat belts with silver detailing.