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).

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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.