As previously reported, the ST drops the long-serving 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine for a smaller three-cylinder 1.5, but which produces 147 kW and 290 Nm, meaning respective gains of 13 kW and 50 Nm. Matched to a six-speed manual gearbox with no automatic optional, Ford claims that the ST will complete the 0-100 km/h dash in 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 232 km/h.
Backtracking on its previous claim though, the Blue Oval has now confirmed that the ST will be offered in both three and five-door body styles, with notable standard features being a 6.5 or eight-inch infotainment system with SYNC 3, a B&O Play sound system, 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels, ST badged Recaro seats, rain sense wipers, auto on/off headlights, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Keep Alert.
The biggest changes are underneath the skin where apart from the aforementioned (optional) Quaife LSD, which works in conjunction with the new Torque Vectoring Control system to reduce understeer and provide more grip on corner exit, the ST receives an in-house developed force vectoring spring setup aimed at improving stability and responsiveness, Torque Steer Compensation to avoid torque steer, a recalibrated electric power steering rack said to be 14% faster than the ST200 and three driving modes; Normal, Sport and Track.
Also optional, the Launch Control system, when activated, gets its own display in the instrument cluster complete with bespoke graphics, while the brakes measures 278 mm at the front and 253 mm at the rear with the fronts being vented.
No pricing for the ST has yet been revealed, but expect it to arrive soon after the regular Fiesta touches down in the second quarter of the year.