Just when you thought you couldn’t get more excited about the introduction of another hot little sport compact comes word that Ford is planning an uprated version of its Fiesta ST subcompact hatchback.
Due for public unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, the Fiesta ST200 delivers just what its name indicates — 200 metric horsepower (197 hp, a 10% increase in horsepower over the “mundane” Fiesta ST) from a recalibrated 1.6-litre EcoBoost (turbocharged) 4-cylinder engine. Torque is up 20%, to 214 lb-ft, improving zero to 100 km/h to a reported 6.7 seconds.
“The Fiesta ST is truly beloved by owners and critics. The ST200 takes this special drivers’ car to a new level of power and performance,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “I think it’s a future classic in the making.”
Improved handling is provided by a lower centre of gravity, enhanced torque vectoring and a 3-mode stability program, more precise steering through a modified steering knuckle and shortened arm, stiffened rear suspension and enhanced braking.
To differentiate it from the regular Fiesta ST, the ST200 will feature an exclusive Storm Grey exterior, matte black 17-inch alloy wheels showing red callipers, and specific interior details such as black partial leather Recaro front seats with silver stitching, seatbelts also trimmed in silver, and illuminated scuff plates.
Production of the Fiesta ST200 starts in June 2016 with European deliveries starting in summer. There is no word on whether the car will make it to North America.