Hot new Fiesta ST200 gets 212bhp on overboost and revised suspension to hone its dynamic appeal
Ford has created a more powerful and focused version of the Fiesta ST. The Fiesta ST200, unveiled at the Geneva motor show, will reach the UK in limited numbers in the summer. The ST200 hot hatch uses a tuned version of the standard ST’s 1.6-litre turbocharged Ecoboost engine. Power has risen from 180bhp to 197bhp and torque has been increased from 180lb ft to 214lb ft.
These outputs can be increased further, to 212bhp and 236lb ft, for up to 15sec on overboost. Indeed, these higher figures give a better indication of the ST200’s performance potential due to the length of the transient overboost. The final drive ratio has been shortened to improve drivability and in-gear performance. The 0-62mph time for the Fiesta ST200 has been cut from the standard ST’s by 0.2sec to 6.7sec and top speed has increased by 4mph to 143mph. Like the regular ST, the ST200 has a six-speed manual gearbox.
Other modifications for the ST200 include enhanced Torque Vectoring Control and three-stage Electronic Stability Control systems. The front steering knuckle has also been modified, as has the rear twist 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 fresh 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 get 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 the Fiesta. Ford is known to have a new model in development and the first sighting of it is due next year.