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More power and suitable ‘fast Ford’ livery for the official warm version of the Fiesta
Autocar
13 June 2011

What is it?

After a News Analysis in the magazine last week (which highlighted Ford’s rather unusual position in having no ST or RS on its price list), it’s somewhat ironic that Ford dispatched to us one of its 500 special-edition Fiesta S 1600s the week after.

Of course, this is no hot hatch and isn’t heralded as such. Instead, it’s an attempt to ensure that Blue Oval forecourts have something that at least resembles a performance Ford until the 180bhp ST Fiesta arrives late next year.

What's it like?

So this new warm Fiesta is not quite at the required temperature; at 132bhp, it’s still short of the 138bhp factory-approved tuning package from Mountune. And although it 
has a 0-60mph time of 8.2sec, it doesn’t feel hugely quick. Also, to get the best performance (and noise, thanks to new, bigger pipes) you 
have to push the revs to the upper echelons of the counter.

The new exhaust does sound rorty, but because Ford as a car manufacturer has to adhere to noise regulations, the S 1600 doesn’t have the big decibels that you can get if you take your plain vanilla 1.6-litre petrol Fiesta to Mountune.

What you do get, though, is a Frozen White or Performance Blue paintjob (the latter a £470 premium) with contrasting stripes, plus a rear spoiler and some great new 17in white alloy wheels. Not forgetting blue stitching on your leather seats and steering wheel.

On the road, you soon realise 
that nothing has been done dynamically to the car, which is 
no bad thing. And with a bit more power, the sweet-handling Fiesta offers even more opportunity for you to enjoy yourself.

Should I buy one?

Ford will have no problem selling another in a long line of sporty Fiesta specials, especially as it has already shifted half of them.

Gary Lord

Ford Fiesta S 1600

Price: £15,900; Top speed: 120mph; 0-62mph: 8.2sec; Economy: 47.9mpg (combined); CO2: 139g/km; Kerb weight: 1045kg; Engine: 4 cyls in line, 1596cc, petrol; Power: 132bhp at 6700rpm; Torque: 118lb ft at 4250rpm; Gearbox: 5-spd manual

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Broughster 21 June 2011

Re: Ford Fiesta S 1600

@ SDR

I'm with you, this is because Ford don't feel that they can compete on VW's playing field. Fast Fords used to be cheap and cheerful, now they are just overpriced and chavvy. This is a great shame when the base cars are so much better than they used to be.

Ford should stock the options list with 'reversed baseball cap', gold chains and a box set of The Only Way is Essex if that is where they think their buyers are?

Maxycat 19 June 2011

Re: Ford Fiesta S 1600

SDR wrote:
I'm 'only' 36 and I don't generally think of myself as old before my time, but I would be embarrassed to be seen driving this.

When I was 36, 1985, I never fancied the Ford XR3i with its stupendous 105 bhp but quite liked the Golf Gti Mk2 with its 1800cc and 115bhp and the Peugeot 205 Gti 1600 with its 115bhp. Strange to think they were considered hot hatches when nowadays a 1600cc diesel has the same power but sadly has to lug around an additional 500kg of extra equipment.

Mr_H 19 June 2011

Re: Ford Fiesta S 1600

SDR wrote:
Focuses and Corsas all look like escapees from the pages of Max Power
You hit the nail on the head - the manufacturers have acknowledged that if they don't build-in naffness straight out of the box, the owners will 'Kev' up the cars a la Max Power etc. anyway, and what's worse? Kevving by an amateur, or Kevving by an RCA graduate?