The new Ford Fiesta ST has been unveiled as a production-ready model at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
The EcoBoost-powered hot hatch builds on the enormous success of the current Fiesta in Europe. The car will also be offered in North America for the first time.
The facts and figures of the new Fiesta ST are all promising; it’s got a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine with 180PS and 240Nm of torque, and it does 0-62mph in under seven seconds, and the top speed is 136mph. Fuel economy figures are yet to be confirmed, but it delivers a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the previous Fiesta ST.
Compared to the standard Fiesta, the ST features a sport suspension setup and sits 15mm lower; enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system; and three Electronic Stability Control modes. It also features standard Recaro sports seats, MyKey – which allows owners to limit performance and ensure activation of safety features, Ford’s SYNC, and of course the ST body kit.
All that, plus the fact that Fiesta ST was developed at the Nurburgring, means this car will be pretty awesome as a hot hatch, but not so good as something to use everyday. That’s what the normal Fiesta is for!