Even hotter version of the Ford Fiesta ST gets 197bhp, and will act as a swansong for the current generation of Fiesta

An even more powerful and focused version of the Ford Fiesta ST has been revealed. The Fiesta ST200, unveiled at the Geneva motor show, will reach the UK in limited numbers the summer.

The ST200 hot hatch uses a tuned version of the standard ST’s 1.6-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine, with power increased from 180bhp to 197bhp, and torque increased from 180lb ft to 214lb ft.

These outputs are further increased, to 212bhp and 236lb ft, for up to 15 seconds through the standard overboost feature. Indeed, these higher figures give a better example of the ST200’s performance potential due to the length of the transient overboost.

Tuning packages are already offered on the Fiesta ST that produce similar number, such as with the factory-approved Mountune packages, but the ST200’s modifications are much more extensive.

The final drive ratio has been shortened, to improve drivability and in-gear performance. The 0-62mph time in the Fiesta ST200 has been cut from the standard ST by 0.2secs to 6.7sec, and top speed increased slightly by 4mph to 143mph. The six-speed manual gearbox remains.

Other modifications include enhanced Torque Vectoring Control and three-stage Electronic Stability Control systems. The front steering knuckle has also been modified, as has the rear twist-beam to increase roll-stiffness. The front and rear damper settings are also new, with the centre of gravity having been lowered by 15mm. The steering arm has been shortened and the steering ratio is quicker, while the brakes have also been beefed up at the rear.

Ford has given the ST200 a new look, with a new silver grey paint finish called Storm Grey and 17in matt black alloy wheels and new interior detailing. The part-leather charcoal-coloured Recaro seats get contrasting silver stitching, the seatbelts have silver detailing and the scuff plates are illuminated. The brake calipers are also painted red.

The ST200 will act as a swansong for this generation of Fiesta. Ford is known to have a new model in development, with the first sighting of the new model set to come in 2017.

Ford of Europe’s Joe Bakaj describes the ST200 as “a future classic in the making”. The ST has been a big hit in the UK in particular, with almost two thirds of the 30,000 STs sold in Europe finding homes here.

The Fiesta ST200 has been joined in Geneva by road and race versions of the new GT supercar, production of which for examples set for Europe is due to start later this year. 

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28 February 2016
Just a few short years ago, the ST200 badge was on the back of the flagship 2.5Litre V6 Mondeo, how times have changed.

29 February 2016
a hideous interior. Ford let the great car flounder on that front.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

29 February 2016
Still only 3 doors, so sorry kids we'll stick to the Audi S1/Polo GTi as Ford seems to think I don't want fun on the B roads to work after dropping you at school.....

29 February 2016
Still only 3 doors, so sorry kids we'll stick to the Audi S1/Polo GTi as Ford seems to think I don't want fun on the B roads to work after dropping you at school.....

29 February 2016
Frustrating isn't it? Especially when Ford sell the 5-door in the US. Why limit choice? Come December I will be looking for a 5-door performance hatch for my wife and this would have been right up my street. I don't *really* want a Clio, but that will be in my list along with the S1/Polo GTI.

29 February 2016
Unless price comes into it, why not just buy the stardard version with the Mountune upgrade?

29 February 2016
Yes, the interior is ugly, but the outside of the current Fiesta even without all the go faster stuff is still really nice. Please don't spoil it with the next generation Ford as the only bit I don't like on the outside is the slightly boring looking number plate surround, and I preferred the pre-Aston grille.

29 February 2016
new st200 vs corsa vxr road test?

1 March 2016
So when the overboost locks out after 15 seconds, how long before it's available again, anyone know?

2 March 2016
You just need to lift off a bit and down again

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