Fiesta Zetec: 'Most powerful one-litre'

2014-06-19 12:17

  • Two-tone Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black Editions
  • Most powerfull one-litre volume production car
  • “More power-per-litre than a Bugatti Veyron”
BRENTWOOD, England – Ford will boost its popular Fiesta range with the addition of the new Zetec S Red and Zetec Black Editions, sporting design tweaks and an uprated one-litre EcoBoost engine.

The Fiesta Zetec S Red/Black Editions are, according to Ford, “the most powerful one-litre volume production cars yet", delivering 103kW from its three-cylinder unit - the same as a V6 Ford back in the 1970's. In comparison, the Fiesta ST is powered by a 1.6 EcoBoost turbocharged unit capable of 134kW.

GALLERY: 2014 Ford Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black Editions

The upgraded one-litre EcoBoost offers “more power per litre than the Bugatti Veyron and the Ferrari 458 Speciale”, reports Ford.


The one-litre EcoBoost features a unique calibration with new settings for turbocharger boost control, valve-timings, intercooler and throttle management to deliver 12% more power (up from 92kW). The uprated engine enables the Zetec Twins to rocked from 0-100km/h in nine seconds on to a top speed of 201km/h.

The engine is mated to a revised five-speed manual and the Zetecs have sport suspension, new shock-absorbers and spring settings. The sport suspension uses a stiffer rear suspension and revised tuning for the power steering.

Fuel consumption is a claimed 3.7 litres/100km with emissions of 104g/km.

Ford Europe’s petrol calibration manager, Andrew Fraser, said: “This new 1103lW one-litre EcoBoost engine now delivers more than twice the power, litre-for-litre, than its predecessor – the 1.6 73kW engine that powered the sporty Fiesta S just 10 years ago.

“I believe this engine sets a benchmark for power combined with fuel-efficiency from a small petrol engine.”


The two-tone cars are available in ‘Race Red’ (with a black roof and detailing) and ‘Panther Black’ (red roof and detailing). They have special grille surrounds, bumpers and exterior mirrors in contrasting colours and each is equipped with black 17” alloy rims. The body-kit adds sports bumpers, side-skirts and a spoiler.

Inside, the Zetec S units are kitted with black leather sports steering-wheel and gear-shifter, black floor mats and sport seats. The interior has red contrast stitching throughout.

  • Leandore Mike Pietersen - 2014-06-19 12:58

    Will this model come to South africa?

  • BLUESILVER2012 - 2014-06-19 13:17

    Amazing tech, only one problem, sound. Going fast is one thing but as F1 is finding out, "sports" cars are emotion and I expect this motor to be very....dull. Still thumbs up to Ford for doing this...amazing.

      Phillip Van Greunen - 2014-06-19 13:32

      The standard 1 liter ecoboost is far from dull... seriously fun driving. Although the specs for the Zetec are only marginally better.

      Erik Kasper Van Wyk - 2014-06-19 16:54

      This is not a sports car.

  • Moose Muller - 2014-06-19 17:00

    but FWD so noooooooooooooooo

  • Freddie Jones - 2014-06-19 20:56

    I wonder if in some Ford skunk works, someone is strapping two of these together at an angle of 60 degrees, and planning to put the result into a body about Focus size? Now that would be an interesting car.

      Ryan Brewster - 2014-06-20 12:24

      A 2L V6 twin torbo in a Focus. Sounds like a plan.

  • Jean Rossouw - 2014-06-20 15:56

    Ferrari 458 Speciale has NO turbo!

  • Jason Johnson - 2014-06-20 23:27

    No thanks.

  • Chrono Man - 2014-06-23 10:13

    I guess the price of this new car will not be determined by the engine size but rather by its ouput.

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