New Ford Fiesta ST Has Impressive Top Speed But Needs Some Time To Get There

Unlike the compact segment, which is saturated with high performance models, the supermini class doesn’t include that many hot hatches.

Still, customers can pick between the Renault Clio RS, Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST.

The latter premiered at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, sits on the same platform as the regular versions that were presented a few months before, only with a sportier-tuned chassis and more aggressive styling, both inside and out, which includes exclusive bumpers, a roof-mounted spoiler and Recaro front seats.

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While the previous-gen Fiesta ST came with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, the new one has a turbo’d 1.5-liter three-pot. It also has a cylinder deactivation system, the first in the industry to be used on a three-cylinder, which can shut down or re-engage a cylinder in 14 milliseconds.

Therefore, the new engine is more fuel efficient than the one it replaces, and at 200 PS (197 hp / 147 kW) and 290 Nm (214 lb-ft) of torque, it’s also quite punchy.

In Track mode, with the Launch Control engaged, the 2018 Fiesta ST can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds, an 0.4-sec improvement over its predecessor, and will go all the way up to a top speed of 232 km/h (144 mph).

But how does the sprint look like from behind the wheel? AutoTopNL put together a video that shows the supermini hot hatch’s continuous acceleration all the way up to its top speed. It might not be as mind-bending as some extremely tuned supercars, but it’s no slouch, either, especially if you factor in the fact that it’s a supermini.


  • Miknik

    No way does a lightweight hot hatch accelerate better to 60 than later to it’s top speed. That is a scientific breakthrough 😉

    Seriously, unless the top speed is electronically limited, the last 15% or so usually take very long to reach. It’s called physics…

  • ace_9

    A lot of left turns judging from the indicator. Or maybe he was just overtaking constantly on a 50 line highway.

    • Vassilis

      He was on the left lane of the motorway signifying he’s approaching quickly.

      • ace_9

        So indicating left in the left lane means “approaching quickly”? Thanks, I did know that. I always assumed that it is just some douche forgetting to turn the indicator back, because he is too busy burying the throttle 🙂 Sometimes I saw it when I’m also driving in left lane and I’m trying to overtake someone in front of me who is constantly indicating to my annoyance 😀 But we are not going so fast in such case (that’s why I want to overtake), so I guess some people really just forget.

        • Vassilis

          Yeah in Europe it’s used constantly.

  • Domjan

    Here in South Africa Ford gives us puny little 1.0lt engine that’s not suited for our country where major cities are far apart. They can’t solve the overheating 1.5lt engine of Kuga. We need this 1.5lt engine here even in detuned form with better cooling.

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