FORD is bringing a limited edition of the 250 higher-performance Fiestas to Australia.
While it’s not meant to fill in for a future Fiesta ST, the Fiesta Metal gets a higher-tuned 1.6-litre Duratec Ti-VCT petrol four-cylinder.
The engine delivers 98kW of power at 6700rpm and 160Nm of torque at 4250rpm – 10kW and 9Nm up on the current 1.6-litre Zetec delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual.
Ford says a new air intake, unique exhaust with wider pipes and engine tuning allows an additional 300rpm on the tacho.
Arriving in September, the three-door Fiesta Metal matches the twin-clutch Zetec Fiesta on price at $22,990*, but gets some extra spec in the form of a sports body kit, lowered sports suspension, Panther Black Metallic finish and special 17-in black alloys.
The “black metal” theme continues in the cabin with piano black bezels and door pulls and black leather heated sports seats with silver contrast stitching, silver-piped floor mats, alloy sports pedals and stainless steel doorsill plates. The German-built Fiesta Metal also has single zone climate control, keyless start, electrochromatic rear view mirror, automatic projector headlights with follow-me-home lighting, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and rear parking sensors.
Like the rest of the Fiesta range it gets a raft of dynamic and safety technology, including anti-lock brakes with electronic help to counter uneven loads, stability control plus side curtain/ thorax and driver’s knee airbags. * For drive-away prices call Trinity Ford, Cairns, on 4050 5010.