It’s not the ‘RS’ model we wanted, but Ford has nudged up the performance numbers of its sporty hatch with the new Fiesta ST200.
The Fiesta ST200 gets some subtle improvements over the regular Fiesta ST starting with a recalibrated version of the former’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder that gains 18PS (18hp) and 50Nm (37 lb-ft) for a total of 200PS (197hp) and 290Nm (214 lb-ft) respectively.
These figures are temporarily increased to 215PS (212hp) and 320Nm (236 lb-ft) for up to 15 seconds using transient overboost.
The six-speed manual gearbox remains, but Ford’s engineers shortened the final drive ratio from 3.82 to 4.06. These updates help the ST200 reach 100km/h (62mph) in 6.7 seconds or 0.2 seconds faster that the plain ST, while top speed increases by 10km/h (6mph) to 230km/h (143mph).
Beyond the added power, Ford also fiddled around with the ST’s sport chassis giving it an enhanced Torque Vectoring Control and 3-mode Electronic Stability Control, modified front steering knuckles, a stiffer and 15mm lower suspension, a sharper and quicker steering rack, plus bigger rear brake discs.
To separate the Fiesta ST200 from its lesser sibling, the Blue Oval created an exclusive to this model Storm Grey paint and 17-inch machined black alloy wheels with red brake calipers. Inside, the ST200 gets unique partial leather Charcoal Recaro front seats and contrasting silver stitching, together with illuminated scuff plates and seatbelts with silver detailing
Sales of Ford’s new Fiesta ST200 will begin in June, with first deliveries before the end of summer.