It’s 40 years since the Fiesta first hit the scene and the ST200 – as the most powerful of the current crop – is kicking off Ford’s celebrations in style. The Fiesta is a car that has changed the nation’s motoring landscape, with some 4.33million having been sold since 1976, and it is a model that has dominated the UK sales charts since 2008, notching up an average of 135,000 sales a year.
FORD are turning up the heat with a super-fast Fiesta that takes Britain’s top-selling model into the high-performance zone. Pushing the boundaries of the Fiesta ST to a new level, the newcomer has red-hot hatch credentials, with a 0-62mph time of just 6.7 seconds and a maximum of 143mph. Revised suspension and a slick, short-throw six-speed manual box make the new Fiesta ST200 much more compliant than the regular ST cars – and it’s even more fun on the road.
The 1.6-litre EcoBoost turbo engine – made in Britain at blue oval badge marque Ford’s engine works in Bridgend, South Wales – has been pushed to 200PS and that is 10 per cent more power than in the standard ST.
Take it into overboost and 215PS is on tap for a quick burst of power. On paper, that shaves its 30-62mph time down to 5.2 seconds from 6.4 seconds in other STs – and that’s in fourth gear. Priced from £22,745, the ST200 slots into the fast Ford line-up between the hot Fiestas and their Focus counterparts.
The Fiesta ST200 is a limited-run model and available only in a Storm Grey paint job – a finish underscored by matching grey bands on the seatbelt webbing. It’s a colour that certainly makes the car different. Ford say to make the ST200 even more special, it will never be used on another model.