You’ve already seen the Ford Fiesta ST that was first shown in production form at last year’s Geneva show, and witnessed it hooning around Ford’s proving ground in Belgium – now have a look at the hot Fiesta doing its thing at the international media drive currently being held in the south of France.
The hottest Fiesta to date and younger brother to the Focus ST is equipped with a 1.6 litre EcoBoost engine with 182 PS and 240 Nm of torque. Paired to a six-speed manual transmission, the turbo engine pushes the three-door hatch from 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds. Top speed is 220 km/h.
Developed by Ford Team RS, the European arm of Ford’s Global Performance Vehicle group, the Fiesta ST gets uniquely tuned suspension, steering and brakes, and introduces features only previously found in larger performance cars such as enhanced Torque Vectoring Control (eTVC) and 3-mode ESC (full system intervention, wide-slip mode with limited intervention and full ESC off)
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. Inside, the racy feel is delivered by ST logos, Recaro seats and a Sound Symposer that channels the engine note to the cabin.
Sounds delicious doesn’t it? The 50 pics after the jump should make you even more hungry!