The final drive ratio has been shortened in order to improve drivability and in-gear performance. The 0-62mph time in the Fiesta ST200 has been cut from that of the standard ST by 0.2secs to 6.7sec, while top speed increases slightly by 4mph to 143mph. The six-speed manual gearbox remains.
The performance gains have had only a small impact on overall efficiency, with the ST200 producing 140g/km of CO2, 2g/km more than the regular ST, and capable of a claimed 46.3mpg, 1.6mpg less than the ST.
Other modifications include enhanced Torque Vectoring Control and a three-stage electronic stability control system. The front steering knuckle has also been modified, as has the rear torsion 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 been beefed up at the rear.
Ford has given the ST200 a new look, with a new silver-grey paint finish, called Storm Grey, 17in matt black alloy wheels and new interior detailing. The part-leather charcoal-coloured Recaro seats feature contrasting silver stitching, the seatbelts have silver detailing and the scuff plates are illuminated. The brake calipers are painted red.
The ST200 will act as a swansong for this generation of Fiesta. Ford is known to have be developing a new model, the first sighting of which is due 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.
Read our full test as we drive the standard Ford Fiesta ST hard