Higher-tuned Metal

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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.

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