The latest Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch has been revealed, which corresponds to the performance of the mark of the current range-topping ST200 model. The new ST hits 62mph from rest in 6.7 sec — 0.2 sec faster than the outgoing Fiesta ST.
To be officially unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March, the Fiesta ST remains a halo model for Ford, particularly in the united KINGDOM, where its Fiesta supermini continues to dominate car sales. It is now in its eighth consecutive year at the top of the ranking of car sales.
2017 Ford Fiesta ST: a three-pot do the job?
The third generation Fiesta ST is the first to feature the new Ford, 197bhp three-cylinder 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine. It also features three driving modes that adjust the engine, steering and stability controls. There are more customization options than before, too.
“The next generation of the Fiesta ST customers will benefit from innovations developed by Ford Performance the Ford GT supercar and Focus RS hot hatch, including the fuel injection and the drive mode technologies,” said Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak.
Ford Europe’s product boss Joe Bakaj added that the new model would “deliver the most versatile, fun, attractive and rewarding Fiesta ST driving experience yet”.
Three-cylinder 1.5-litre Ecoboost Ford Fiesta ST
Sitting alongside the well-received 1.0-litre Ecoboost used across the Ford range, the 1.5-litre engine has 214lb ft and uses turbocharger high-pressure fuel injection and twin independent variable cam timing that delivers “improved performance and energy efficiency”, according to Ford. A new turbocharger features of design optimization of turbine to build boost pressure more quickly and minimize the jet lag, according to the automaker.
The engine also has the technology of cylinder deactivation, a world first for a three-cylinder engine but more common on bigger engines and is frequently used on the Volkswagen Group TSI petrol units. The move will help improve the energy efficiency by the closure of a cylinder of full power capacity is not necessary, such as during the cruise with very little demand on the engine.
Fiesta ST offers three new driving modes
A major innovation for the Fiesta ST is the introduction of three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Track.
The Normal mode is the default setting, where all systems, including traction control and electronic stability control (ESC), are configured in such a way as to give a natural driving sensation.
In Sport mode, the engine mapping and the response of the accelerator pedal are sharpened and there is more of the “driving feedback”, said Ford. Sport Mode creates more noise, through Ford, Its Electronic Improvement of technology and the opening of the active exhaust noise control valve, both of which increases the exhaust note and engine noise in the cabin.
In the Track mode, Ford said of the vehicle’s dynamics are tuned for the fastest possible laps, the traction control is turned off and the electronic stability control is set to the wide-slip mode for circuit driving.
The ESC button allows the driver to choose between three modes-full system intervention, wide-slip mode with limited intervention and full system deactivation.
The SAINT of the chassis also uses torque vectoring to improve handling and reduce understeer by applying brake force to the inside front wheel in turns.
Ford Fiesta ST design details
Available in three-door and five-door versions, in an echo of the current ST, the car’s exterior design includes a “race-inspired” mesh grille, large rear wing, and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as a new Liquid Blue the color of the paint.
Inside, there are Recaro seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Customers can choose from a range of finishes to the gear lever, steering wheel and door handles, as well as a number of style of packs.
Ford’s latest infotainment system, Sync3, also features. It uses a tablet-like touch screen up to 8.0 size that can be operated with pinch and swipe gestures. The ST offer you a top of the range B&O Play sound system, first announced on the standard of celebration of the end of last year.
The new Fiesta ST goes on sale early next year and is expected to be priced slightly higher than the outgoing model, which starts at £18,145.