Fun Fiesta to serve up new thrills
CHEAP, fast, fun ... the hot hatch party invites keep on coming.
This time it’s Ford sending out the invites as the smallest Blue-Oval model on Australian roads gets the ST badge.
The Fiesta is joining the fast-butfriendly Focus ST on Ford Australia’s pricelist from September, the Fiesta will get similar aesthetic extras to its larger sibling — the honeycomb grille, Recaro racing buckets, rear diffuser and bodykit.
Ford Australia is remaining coy on exact pricing for the European-sourced hothatch, which will be available only in a three-door manual, but expect it to be the $25,000 cat among the pigeons priced closer to $30,000.
Urge will be derived from the 1.6-litre EcoBoost direct-injection turbo four generating 134kW and 240Nm— with overboost kicking it to 147kW and 290Nm for short 20-second squirts — developed by the European-based Ford RS arm.
Ford Australia general marketing manager David Katic said performance buyers were looking for a car like the Fiesta ST and Ford had not had an offering in the market like it since the Fiesta XR4 was brought to a halt in late 2008.
‘‘The Fiesta ST leverages the performance input of our European team to deliver a very refined car that will appeal to a broad spread of customers,’’ Katic said.
‘‘It is already a smash hit in Europe with a bank of customer orders.’’
‘‘This car can put a smile on your face corner-after-corner and delivers absolute precision in power delivery and handling,’’ Katic says.
The Blue Oval is claiming 6.2 litres per 100km for an official fuel economy claim— obviously not when making the most of overboost.
The already-adept Fiesta has had the RS magic wand waved over the suspension and steering systems, with unique front and rear spring and damper settings, a 15mm-lower centre of gravity.
The RS crew has also beefed-up the brakes (including the addition of rear discs) beneath 17-inch alloys and switchable three-mode stability control.
The ST model also gets a sports exhaust and engine note enhancer— Ford calls it a Sound Symposer — as well as the torque vectoring system that applies a small amount of braking force to the inside front wheel when cornering to counteract understeer.
The features list also includes the hands-free voice-controlled Ford Sync system for phone and audio systems.
The ST will also get the Emergency Assistance system that uses the driver’s own mobile phone (once paired to the Bluetooth system) to contact emergency services in the event of an accident, provided there’s network coverage.
The Fiesta ST is joining the fast-but-friendly Focus ST on Ford Australia’s pricelist from September