Ford Motor Company unveiled its new Fiesta ST at Geneva Motor Show today in advance of it going on sale in the UK in the first half of 2013.
The new model has a rib tickling, 180 PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine with 240 Nm of torque, which should be good for 0-62 mph in under seven seconds with a top speed of 136 mph. At the same time, the EcoBoost ‘greenery' delivers a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the previous Fiesta ST.
Developed by Ford's Team RS, the new Fiesta ST delivers significant ride-and-handling improvements through its specially tuned chassis that sits 15 mm lower than the standard Fiesta. It also incorporates Ford's enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system and three Electronic Stability Control modes.
According to Jost Capito, Ford's director of Global Performance Vehicles: “This dynamic new hot-hatch is undoubtedly our best Fiesta ST to date." And that’s quite a claim from him!
And if the weans are clamouring for a shottie, or you want to penalise them with the automotive equivalent of “you’re grounded for the week”, it will be equipped with MyKey, which allows parents/owners to limit performance.
It will also be fitted with SYNC, Ford's voice-activated in-car connectivity system, but Ford has stopped short of allowing parents to send verbal ‘telling-offs’ to misbehaved weans if they think they’re just out for a hooley.