The latest reveal from Ford see’s us staring down the barrel at the new Fiesta ST. On sale in 2018, the car hasn’t changed much about it’s looks other than slight ‘bodykit’ changed, new wheels and bigger rear wing.
More importantly however, we do know the engine size being used in Ford’s new pint-size hot hatch. Ford are dropping the 1.6 Litre Turbocharged 4 Cylinder engine, and replacing that with a 1.5 Litre Turbocharged 3 Cylinder engine. However, even with the first three-pot engine in the Ford Performance line-up, the Fiesta ST will still make the same 197 horsepower as its predecessor, but will make an extra 11 torque, taking it to 213.
Fuel economy is also set to improve, with new technology that can cut fuel to one of the cylinders depending on the situation.
Of course, Ford aren’t just focusing on what’s under the bonnet. According to Palmer, the European development team at the brand’s Lommel testing facility in Belgium has “obsessed over the car’s steering. They’ve fine tuned the calibration to make sure it drives exactly how a Fiesta should”. Palmer also stated that Ford knows it’s one of the most popular ‘Super Minis’ and wants to build on that, stating that Ford is “going in hard with the new Fiesta”.
A new drive mode is available with the Fiesta ST, now offering three selectable settings; Normal, Sport and Track. Each one adjusts the ST’s engine response, steering, stability control and active exhaust behaviour.
The track setting cuts all traction control and loosens the intervention of the stability control, all leading towards better lap times.