The Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost isn’t the only new B299 variant making its way here next year – 2014 will also see the introduction of the Fiesta ST performance hatchback in Malaysia. Ahead of its arrival, an example at KLIMS13 is offering a preview of what to expect.
The three-door ST (there’s a five-door ST version as well, but only for the US market) is powered by a 1.6 litre EcoBoost petrol unit offering 182 PS at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm at 4,200 rpm, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
Performance numbers include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.9 seconds and a 223 km/h top speed, while the combined fuel consumption is rated at 5.9 litres per 100 km.
Tech bits of note include a specially-modified front steering knuckle, adapted rear twist-beam with increased roll-stiffness, unique front and rear spring and damper settings as well as Torque Vectoring Control (eTVC) and three-mode AdvanceTrac ESC, offering a choice of full system intervention, wide-slip mode with limited intervention and full ESC off.
The ST at KLIMS13, finished in the model’s signature Molten Orange shade, features a two-tone grey scheme for its seats (as seen in the Australian-market example), somewhat more sedate than that seen on the global launch car. Pricing hasn’t been fixed, but an estimated price of RM150k to RM155k is being bandied at the moment.
It’ll be interesting to see if the final selling price can take the ST close to the RM140k Peugeot 208 GTi – the VW Polo GTI would complete an intriguing trinity of options for B-segment pocket rocket shoppers. Check out what the Fiesta ST looks like on the move here, and with a chap named Ken Block behind the wheel.