Ford is debuting its production-ready Fiesta ST in Geneva, in advance of the performance hatchback going on sale in Europe in the first half of 2013. The all-new model is powered by a 180 PS and 240 Nm 1.6 litre EcoBoost mill, and this is good enough to give the car a 0-100 km/h time of under seven seconds and a top speed of 220 km/h.

Developed by Team RS, the European arm of the company’s Global Performance Vehicles group, the Fiesta ST delivers significant ride-and-handling improvements through the introduction of the brand’s enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system, three Electronic Stability Control modes as well as a specially-tuned chassis that sits 15 mm lower than the standard Fiesta.

The high-contrast red and black interior features unprecedented levels of equipment and specification to suit the sporting driver, with Recaro sports seats appearing as standard kit in a Fiesta ST for the first time.

The car – which features Ford’s latest design signatures, including a large trapezoidal grille – is also equipped with MyKey, which allows owners to limit performance and ensure activation of safety features for when less-experienced drivers use the vehicle, as well as SYNC, Ford’s voice-activated in-car connectivity system.

Production of the hot hatch is confirmed for Europe, but Ford says it remains open to introducing the high-performance small car to other regions, including North America.