132kW Fiesta ST: Yes, it's coming!
Hot on the heels of the launch of the latest Focus ST, Ford SA has confirmed that its hot baby sister, the Fiesta ST, will be here second quarter of 2013.
The all-new model will take the car’s performance to a new level with its 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine delivering a whopping (for a car of this size) 132kW and 240Nm of torque. It reaches 0-100km/h in less than seven seconds and has a top speed of more than 220km/h.
Developed by Ford Team RS, the little Fiesta ST delivers significant ride-and-handling improvements through a specially tuned chassis that sits 15mm lower than the standard Fiesta, Ford’s enhanced 'torque vectoring control' and three electronic stability control modes. The technologies were put to the test over 5000km on Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife.
The automaker says also that the car has levels of equipment and specification to suit the sporting driver, with Recaro sports seats standard. It will also be equipped with MyKey and Sync, Ford’s voice-activated in-car connectivity system. A new exterior design drives home the high-performance message and features the latest Ford design signatures, including a large trapezoidal grille.
The car was engineered using Ford’s global performance car DNA and developed by Ford Team RS, the European arm of the company’s global performance vehicles group. The experience of the engineering team in working with Ford’s motorsport partners to develop the Fiesta RS WRC, Fiesta Rallycross and Racing Fiesta vehicles, also proved invaluable for developing the new Fiesta ST.
Ford SA marketing manager Gavin Golightly said: “We’re delighted to be bringing a new generation Fiesta ST to South African performance enthusiasts in 2013. With the Fiesta ST joining the Focus ST, we will again be able to deliver a choice of affordable small performance cars designed to deliver a unique blend of stand-out styling and dynamic on-road performance with true practicality for everyday use.”