The Ford Focus ST is a great hot hatch, but one thing that breaks the deal for me is the looks – the fish face, to be precise. But younger sister Fiesta ST is another thing altogether. The Aston-style nose may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s growing on me. And the go-faster bits on the ST turns the three-door hatch into a sexy little thing.

It has substance, too. A 1.6 litre EcoBoost turbo engine with 182 PS and 240 Nm of torque is paired to a six-speed manual transmission (bucks the DCT trend) for 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 220 km/h. That’s big performance for such a small car.

From a standard Fiesta, the ST adds on a 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. Also introduced are features like Torque Vectoring Control (eTVC) and 3-mode ESC (full system intervention, wide-slip mode with limited intervention and full ESC off).


The latter is demonstrated in this video by none other than Ken Block, the Monster World Rally Team driver that can do jaw droppingly amazing things with a car. Dancing on ice, the man makes the Fiesta ST more desirable, which is of course the point of the video.

Click here to view a gallery of the Fiesta ST from its international media drive currently being held in the south of France, and here to see it hooning around Ford’s proving ground in Belgium.