Ford, however, has juggled everything very well with the Focus ST, and there’s evident consistency in its approach with the Fiesta. There’s no unique paddle-shift transmission here, and no mechanical limited-slip differential, either. But there are departures from the Fiesta’s mechanical mix – pragmatic but purposeful ones – and lots of ’em.
Adding directness and response to the Fiesta’s steering was evidently more important than just inceasing lateral grip.
A quicker steering rack, geared at 13.7:1, works on the front wheels via shorter steering arms and a revised knuckle. It’s quick but consistent in its directness. Wheels are 7.5in-wide 17s as standard, with 205-section tyres.
The suspension features stiffer springs and uprated dampers all round and has been lowered by 15mm, which has been subsquently soften slightly for everyday use through the addition of the ST200. There’s a reinforced torsion beam at the rear. Disc brakes feature at all four corners and they’re powered by an enlarged hydraulic ‘tandem’ master cylinder with a diagonal split.