Ford has announced the addition of a few new technologies which, according to the brand, will deliver the most responsive, engaging and fun-to-drive Fiesta ST ever.
The features include an optional mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD) for optimised cornering grip, better rear-end responsiveness and a more connected feel, an optional Launch Control system supported by a dedicated graphical display in the instrument cluster, and, as a segment-first, Ford-patented force vectoring springs for a sharper turn-in.
Revealed last year, the all-new Fiesta ST is powered by a new 200 PS, three-cylinder, 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine which, for the first time, features selectable drive modes that enable engine, steering and stability controls to be configured to Normal, Sport and Track settings.
The hot-hatch also features Ford’s industry-first cylinder deactivation system for a three-cylinder engine for further improved fuel efficiency, active exhaust valve technology to amplify the engine sound, SYNC 3 connectivity, B&O PLAY audio, and driver assistance technologies such as Lane Keeping Aid and Traffic Sign Recognition.
According to Ford, the new Fiesta ST’s sporty character is further enhanced using a bespoke steering knuckle design, unique EPAS calibration with 12:1 steering ratio – the fastest of any Ford Performance model and 14 per cent faster than the previous generation Fiesta ST200, and high performance braking system with 278 mm vented front and 253 mm solid rear discs.
Available from launch in both three-door and five-door bodystyles with sporty ST exterior styling and standard 17-inch or optional 18-inch alloy wheels , the all-new Fiesta ST will offer customers a greater degree of choice with ST-1, ST-2 and ST-3 equipment levels.
While exterior colours include Frozen White, Magnetic, Moondust, Performance Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, Silver, and Silver Fox, standard interior features include Recaro seats, ST gearknob, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with stitching that is replicated on the leather handbrake lever and gear-lever.
“Hot-hatch drivers are expecting big things from this small car. We’ve applied what we’ve learned from recent Ford Performance models including the Focus RS and Ford GT to develop an all-new Fiesta ST that sets a new standard for driving fun in its segment, with a throaty three-cylinder soundtrack that will speak to petrol-heads whatever their language,” said Leo Roeks, Ford Performance director, Europe.