The new Fiesta ST is Ford’s fastest and most dynamic small production performance car ever, employing a precision-tuned and driver-focused powertrain and chassis to deliver the ultimate Fiesta driving experience.
Developed by Ford Team RS, the European arm of Ford Motor Company’s Global Performance Vehicle group, the new Fiesta ST is equipped with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine to achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and offer 134 kW and 240 Nm of torque. Top speed is 220 km/h. Despite its performance credentials the Fiesta ST remains fuel efficient at the pumps using an average 5.9 l/100 km and 138 g/km CO2* on a combined cycle run.
Ford Team RS tuned the powertrain, suspension, steering and brakes for optimised driving dynamics, and introduced features only previously found in larger performance cars – including enhanced Torque Vectoring Control (eTVC) and three-mode Electronic Stability Control (ESC), six-speed manual transmission and rear disc brakes.
The new Fiesta ST features a large trapezoidal grille with a unique honeycomb construction and dramatic rear diffuser element. The refined high-contrast interior is equipped with Recaro seats, and a new Sound Symposer that channels the engine note to the cabin to ensure the distinctive engine roar is integral to the driving experience. The Fiesta ST also makes use of SYNC™ and MyKey® technology available in other models in the Fiesta line-up.
• New Fiesta ST is fastest-ever production Fiesta
• Ford introduces features only previously found in larger performance cars, including enhanced Torque Vectoring Control and three- mode Electronic Stability Control
• Most fuel-efficient Fiesta ST delivers 5.9 l/100 km and 138 g/km CO2*
“The new Fiesta ST delivers remarkable levels of performance, design and quality to offer an unsurpassed driving experience,” says Ford Marketing Manager Gavin Golightly. “South African’s have an affinity for performance and the Fiesta ST speaks directly to that passion.”
Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control (eTVC) applies brake force to the inside front wheel of the Fiesta ST when cornering to improve road holding and reduce understeer without affecting speed. New software controls the Fiesta ST’s balance in response to steering inputs under acceleration and braking – and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) offers full system intervention, wide-slip mode with limited intervention, and full ESC de-activation.
Both systems support a specially modified front steering knuckle, adapted rear twist-beam with increased roll-stiffness, unique front and rear spring and damper settings, and a 15 mm lower centre of gravity for optimised handling and ride quality.
Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) offers a sharper steering ratio of 13.69:1 and a shorter steering arm for a more direct response. The new Fiesta ST debuts rear disc brakes on the Fiesta platform and introduces a larger tandem brake master cylinder that boosts braking performance.
“The Fiesta ST is sure to put a smile on your face. Corner-after-corner it delivers absolute precision,” says Golightly.
The EcoBoost engine’s low weight contributes towards improved handling and introduces technologies including turbocharging, high-pressure direct fuel-injection and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing. The unique engine and a new six-speed manual transmission calibration were refined at the Nürburgring Nordschleife over the equivalent of more than 100 laps of the 21 km circuit.
Design and Technology
The new Fiesta ST’s headlight design incorporates LED day-time running lamp technology and a full ST body kit; new paint options include Race Red, Molten Orange and Spirit Blue. The cabin features alloy-metal pedals and gearshifter, and an ST steering wheel.
MyKey allows owners to set maximum speed and audio volume limits and ensures safety features are not disabled, which is particularly useful for younger drivers. SYNC allows the driver to operate digital media players and Bluetooth® enabled mobile phones via voice commands and steering wheel mounted controls.
Like other Fiesta models the ST offers substantial safety features. An Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). EBD automatically varies the amount of force applied to each of the vehicle’s brakes based on road conditions, speed and loading to maximise stopping power while still maintaining control of the vehicle.
Hill Launch Assist helps prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards after the driver has come to a stop on a slope or an incline. Safety is also enhanced with seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain airbags and driver knee airbag), earning the Fiesta a five-star Euro-NCAP safety rating.
The Fiesta ST is available with a fully comprehensive four-year / 120 000km warranty and four-year / 60 000km service plan. Service intervals are staggered at 20 000km. Customers will also benefit from three years of roadside assistance and a five-year corrosion warranty, both of which are available with unlimited mileage.