Two variants of the Fiesta ST will be offered
1.6-litre Ecoboost engine develops 180bhp
Large rear spoiler and twin exhaust tailpipes form part of the sporty visual makeover
ST rides 15mm lower than the standard Fiesta
Recaro seats and DAB digital radio are standard
Half leather Recaro seats are available in ST2 trim
The Ford Fiesta ST will cost from £16,995 when it arrives in showrooms at the end of March.
Base-trim ST models are fitted with 17in alloy wheels, ST-style front foglights, cloth-trimmed Recaro sports seats and a Ford DAB radio as standard.
ST-2 models, which are priced at £17,995, feature LED daytime running lights, tinted glass, half-leather Recaro seats, keyless entry and an upgraded Sony DAB radio.
The Fiesta ST will be available only as a three-door model in European markets, but the hot hatchback will be offered in a five-door configuration in North America. Aesthetic tweaks over the standard Fiesta include an imposing black trapezoidal front grille, large rear spoiler and twin exhaust tailpipes. An optional style pack adds red brake calipers and grey alloy wheels.
The ST will be powered by a 1.6-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder petrol engine developing 180bhp. With an overboost function, torque peaks at 214lb ft. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Ford says there are no plans to introduce an automatic variant.
The Ecoboost unit is capable of returning 47.9mpg and emits CO2 at a rate of 138g/km.
The Fiesta ST also gets unique steering and suspension tune as well as Torque Vectoring Control and a 15mm lower ride-height, to significantly improve dynamic ability over the standard model.