The Ford Fiesta ST has been given its debut at the Geneva motor show in its production-ready guise
6 March 2012

The Ford Fiesta ST has been given its debut at the Geneva motor show in its production-ready guise. Ford has confirmed the 136mph hatchback will go on sale in the UK in the first half of next year.

The three-door, front-drive Fiesta ST follows the five-door concept that the Blue Oval displayed at the Frankfurt motor show last year.

The production version is powered by Ford’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost turbocharged engine that’s tuned to deliver 178bhp and 177lb ft. The Fiesta ST will sprint from 0-62mph in less than seven seconds and hit a top speed of over 136mph.

By comparison, the previous Fiesta ST was powered by a 2.0-litre Duratec unit with 148bhp and 140lb ft, covered 0-62 in 7.9sec and topped out at 130mph. Ford claims the new version emits 20 per cent less CO2 than its predecessor, which should put it at about 142g/km.

The new Fiesta ST, which was developed by Ford’s Team RS, has a specially tuned chassis that sits 15mm lower than a standard Fiesta. The car’s exterior features Ford’s latest design signatures, including a large trapezoidal grille.

Recaro sports seats come as standard and there will be five colour options, including Race Red, Performance Blue and Molten Orange. It will also feature Ford’s ‘MyKey’ tech, which allows performance to be limited depending on driver.

Prices for the Fiesta ST should start at around £18k, and senior sources also suggested that there could be three varying trim levels for the Fiesta ST, in the same way that there was on the Focus ST.

 

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5 March 2012

Ugly chin aside, this car looks to be pretty good. Probably not as much of a driver's car as the last one (which was one of the ultimate hot hatches in my opinion), but it should be pretty good nonetheless.

So, will it be a Fiesta ST or a Polo GTI? Things in the hot supermini department are getting exciting...

5 March 2012

I know many won't like the front, but I do actually. Think this looks a lot better than the Focus ST at least.

5 March 2012

I like the front end, but not the side skirts or the extra bits of plastic on the back bumper behind the wheels. I don't like those bits when they're fitted on the Zetec-S either.

5 March 2012

[quote Fidji]

So, will it be a Fiesta ST or a Polo GTI? Things in the hot supermini department are getting exciting...

[/quote]

I've hardly seen any Polo GTi s on the road. Has it followed the path of the previous generations?

5 March 2012

[quote catnip]

[quote Fidji]

So, will it be a Fiesta ST or a Polo GTI? Things in the hot supermini department are getting exciting...

[/quote]

I've hardly seen any Polo GTi s on the road. Has it followed the path of the previous generations?

[/quote]

Quite possibly, Catnip. I don't recall seeing many either. Maybe people in the UK just don't want a Polo GTI. Which is a shame, as I've heard that the new one's a bloody good car, DSG 'box aside. The new one had the makings of a successful car in the UK with the economy in the way it is, but the car itself is pretty expensive in the first place. Maybe one day VW will make a successful Polo GTI! Only time will tell...

5 March 2012

Being a Fiesta i expect Autocar will tell me its the best driving warm/hot hatch, but it doesnt stop the changes to the basic Fiesta make this look rather ugly.

5 March 2012

That looks much less boy-racer like than previous ST's and I like it a lot. Imagine how much fun that will be down you favourite quiet B-road.

5 March 2012

A great drive no doubt but overfussy front spoils the clean lines of the Fiesta.Interior looks much better without all that silver detailing.

5 March 2012

In the right colour combo, could look cool(ish). Let's hope it will drive well, too. But what is it about Ford's current designs that makes the rear wheels look much smaller than the fronts?

5 March 2012

Had a go in a Zetec S 1600 the other day and it has thoroughly whet my appetite for this. Want one!

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