Ford Fiesta ST200 dials up performance in style

Motoring Correspondent


Motoring Correspondent

Ford Fiesta ST200 dials up performance in style

At an event to celebrate 40 years of the Ford Fiesta, Ford Ireland unveiled the most powerful production model to date of the company’s iconic small car, the Fiesta ST200. The (former) Stig, Ben Collins, was on hand at the event to put the new Fiesta ST200 through its paces.

Compared with the acclaimed Fiesta ST, the new Fiesta ST200 produces 10 per cent more power and 20 per cent more torque with 200 PS and 290 Nm from a specially calibrated 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.

The Ford Fiesta ST200 sprints 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.7 seconds and delivers faster in-gear acceleration for improved drivability and an even more fun-to-drive experience.

To further optimise the driving experience, Fiesta ST200 also features enhanced suspension and steering, elevating its award-winning dynamic handling and ride quality.

“The Fiesta ST is truly beloved by owners and critics. The ST200 takes this special drivers’ car to a new level of power and performance,” said Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland.

“On a day where we are celebrating the great heritage of Fiesta in Ireland, it is fitting that this latest exciting new Fiesta is making its debut here.”

Building on award-winning performance

The renowned driving experience of the multi-award winning Fiesta ST is further enhanced for the Fiesta ST200.

The model’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine uses a new calibration to deliver 200 PS – twice the power offered by its Fiesta XR2 predecessor 20 years ago – and 290 Nm of torque, with an additional 15 PS and 30 Nm of torque available for up to 20 seconds using transient overboost.

A 4.06 ratio final drive – shortened from 3.82 in the Fiesta ST – further enhances in-gear acceleration.

Acceleration from 50-100 km/h (31-82 mph) takes 5.2 seconds in fourth gear. Top speed is 230 km/h (143 mph).

The Fiesta ST200 utilises recently upgraded Fiesta ST suspension and Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) settings to improve ride quality and driving dynamics.

A rear twist-beam with 27 per cent more roll-stiffness and a front anti-roll bar increased to 21 mm from 19 mm diameter support revised damper specifications for better impact absorption.

Like the Fiesta ST, the ST200 sits 15 millimetres closer to the road than standard Fiesta models.

Fiesta ST200 driving dynamics are supported by Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control (eTVC) and 3-mode Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

The eTVC system applies brake force to the inside front wheel when cornering to improve road holding and reduce understeer without affecting speed. ESC offers full system intervention; wide-slip mode with limited intervention; and full ESC de-activation.

Optimised braking is delivered with 278mm front and 253mm rear disc brakes, and a larger tandem brake master cylinder than standard Fiesta models.

The Fiesta ST200 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine’s low weight also assists handling and features technologies including turbocharging, high-pressure direct fuel-injection and twin-independent variable cam timing for high power alongside 6.1 l/100 km (46.3mpg) fuel efficiency and 140g/km CO2 emissions.*

Exclusive design and specification

The ST200 offers bolder and more distinctive design, offered only with an exclusive Storm Grey exterior colour and with the distinctive 17-inch ST alloys wheels finished in matt black with polished rims.

Fiesta ST200 models also feature red painted callipers alongside the ST-specification large trapezoidal grille with honeycomb construction, dynamic front spoiler and side-skirts, body-colour rear diffuser element and large rear roof spoiler.

An enhanced interior specification includes unique partial leather Charcoal Recaro front seats that are further distinguished with contrasting silver stitching, as are the seatbelts.

Illuminated scuff plates incorporate the ST200 logo. Carbon fibre dashboard inserts, alloy-metal pedals and gearshifter, and an ST-specification steering wheel also feature for the atmospheric interior that contrasts dark materials and headliner with silver effect detailing.

Standard fetures on the Fiesta ST200 include:

• Unique exterior colour – Solid SVO Storm Grey

• Unique 17” alloys wheels machined matt black with red callipers

• Half leather Recaro sport style front seats with unique seat trim with contrast stitching

• Coloured seat belts (silver stripes)

• Illuminated scuff plates

• Full ST body styling kit

• Sport pedals

• Ford SYNC

• LED daytime running lights and Rear LED lights

• Rear privacy glass

• Keyless push button start

Pricing for the Fiesta ST200 starts from €32,190.

The Fiesta ST launched in 2013, delivering 182 PS and 240 Nm of torque from a 1.6‑litre EcoBoost engine and 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in 6.9 seconds – quickly establishing itself as the Europe’s leading compact performance hatchback and earning more than 20 awards around the world within its first year on sale.

Ford has since sold more than 30,000 Fiesta STs in Europe.