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Baby ST on the way


PRODUCTION on the new Ford Fiesta ST has started in Cologne, Germany. The new ST is said to be the first production Fiesta to do a sub-seven second sprint to 100km/h and reach a top speed of 220 km/h.

The performance comes courtesy of a 1,6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine developed by Ford Team RS, who are the European wing of the Ford Motor Company’s Performance Vehicle group. The engine produces 132kW and 240Nm while sipping a claimed 5,9 litres/100km and emitting 138 g/km Co2.

Handling is arguably the most important part of a small hot hatch, so Ford have refined their global B-car chassis with new steering, suspension, braking components as well as configuration and tuning tweaks.

The Fiesta ST inherits an enhanced version of Ford’s Torque Vectoring System and also features and electronic stability control system with three modes said to suit driving needs and conditions.

On the styling front, the ST receives a performance makeover with a new honeycomb mesh trapezoidal grille exterior, as well as a diffuser in the rear to differentiate it as the performance model in the Fiesta range. The interior benefits from the inclusion of sporty Recaro seats.

The new Ford MyKey system will also feature in the new ST. This system allows the car’s owner to restrict the performance of their car should someone like their teenage sons or daughters to drive the car. Another feature is the SYNC system that allows the cars connectivity system to be voice-activated.


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