Ford’s 132kW Fiesta ST for SA

2013-02-08 12:38

COLOGNE, Germany - Ford has started production of its latest Fiesta ST at its assembly plant in Germany.

The ST, developed by Ford Team RS, the European arm of the automaker’s Global Performance Vehicle group, has a 1.6 EcoBoost petrol capable of 132kW/240Nm.


The car can reach 0-100km/h in 6.9sec and go on to a top speed of 220km/h with general fuel consumption listed as 5.9 litres/100km with an emission rating of 138g/km. The car will be built on the automaker’s global B-car chassis with improved steering, suspension, brakes and tuning and has an enhanced version of Ford’s "torque vectoring control" (best grip, most power) and electronic stability control.

Ford Europe’s Juergen Gagstatter said: “The new Fiesta ST is a very modern performance car built on more than 30 years of fast Fiestas and a global development process.

“It's a significant step forward in terms of our heritage of blending a powerful engine with a dynamic chassis and achieving lower fuel consumption and emissions.”

The car has been confirmed for launch in South Africa in the second quarter of 2013, complete with Recaro leather seats and a nanny-watch MyKey that can programme how fast the car can be driven.

  • MuhammadSheikOumar - 2013-02-08 14:12

    I am really liking the new look Ford Fiesta. It's an Aston Martin rip-off but it looks so posh for a small car. Even the base model has daytime running lights. On the Titanium it has LED. I don't think the ST will come in at bargain prices though. The Fiesta has always been a bit pricey.

      thando.gqabaza - 2013-02-08 14:15

      Can someone explain why we need daytime running lights ?

      tlangelamkh - 2013-02-08 14:32

      daytime lights: for increased visibility... and a bit of "bling"?

      Killbot79 - 2013-02-08 14:33

      Thando - it's like trying to explain why some cars have go-fast stripes, it just looks cool

      MuhammadSheikOumar - 2013-02-08 14:50

      Sometimes glare from the sun obscures visibilty. Thats why its advisable to wear polarised sunglasses and the need for daytime running lights. I personally feel daytime running lights should be fitted at the rear of the vehicle as well. Nevertheless I always drive with my lights on. In theory the more visible you are, the less chance of you getting hit.

      mogo.naut - 2013-02-08 15:50

      Wait..So it's not called the "Getoutmywaybecauseimcomingthrough"- lights?

  • ronald.ragadza - 2013-02-08 14:27

    Good addition to the current ford lineup. Just hoping they will one day bring the Mondeo/Fusion to South Africa

  • jango.za - 2013-02-08 16:32

    What a slug. My 2009 Opel Corsa OPC had 141Kw and 260nm on tap from a 1.6. What's so special about this Ford shopping trolley? And yes, it does look like an Aston Martin - the Cygnet!

      Dev.Oli4 - 2013-02-08 20:13

      Dit is hoekom jy nog n Fiesta kry en nie meer 'n Opel Corsa nie!!

      grant.lottering.5 - 2013-02-09 08:35

      Its known that fords have huge tuning potential and its a manufacturer choice not to give more not a case of they can't. Example, Ford's 1.0 Nurburg ring fighter pushes out 152kw and beat off supercars(And its in house choice tuned). And i can outrun a 1.6 OPC with a 2003 2.0 SAC Focus Makes the OPC look tame. No respect for OPC chomma.

      jango.za - 2013-02-10 16:53

      Gosh, what stupid answers. Modify this, modify that - SAC coversion 2.0 vs. a standard 1.6 OPC. Shows pot-plants are not just sold at nurseries. Fiesta, ja boet, met 'n Ford, ry hulle pap baie gou ou maat. Niks werd tweedehands.

      brak.jan - 2013-02-12 09:23

      i must agree with jango. Stupid comparisons...

  • sabelo.mzuku - 2013-02-09 11:04

    Do we get the 3-door version or the 5-door or Both...maybe neither? *Cynical Grin*

  • grant.lottering.5 - 2013-02-09 21:11

    The OPC makes power high up. Same as torque. Low down those stats are useless. Not to mention turbo lag. If i can outrun an OPC just imagine what the ST will do to it with its brilliant flat torque curve. Need i say more.

      jango.za - 2013-02-11 20:26

      Grant - clearly you have never driven an OPC. The lag is totally manageable, the negative is in fact the torque-steer at full throttle as the car is pretty light - and a notchy gearbox - the latter, with practice, merely translates into must-do precise shifting. The OPC was on our roads in 2008 already, and one must give credit to the engineering from Opel. I am not an Opel fan specifically, but along with the 118Kw Honda Civic VTec 1.6, which I owned in 1996 (my "sowing machine" for it's dizzy revs), was one of the most fun cars to drive. A real drivers car that returned what was put in. I currently own a far more powerful, rear-wheel drive sports car - and have owned cars such as the Nissan 350Z when it was first launched - but the little Opel was extremely entertaining.

  • smithcza - 2013-02-10 08:48

    Polo GTi will still kick it's ass!

      Kwashic - 2013-02-11 08:08

      Polo dont seem to have managed nearly half of that in the rally championships in SA! The Fiesta showed it dust!

      smithcza - 2013-02-12 08:39

      They just won their first WRC (beating a fiesta...)

      brak.jan - 2013-02-12 09:14

      that WRC Polo is looking very good, awesome pace. Still a long season ahead though.

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