Less means more
MY favourite hot hatch, Ford’s Fiesta ST, now comes with less for more.
The third generation will debut at the Geneva motor show next month with a powerful and frugal 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine.
The new all-aluminium powerplant produces 149kW of power and 290Nm of torque, offering 15kW and 50Nm of extra potency over the 1.6-litre turbo four in the outgoing second-gen ST.
Thanks to the heart transplant, a sprint from 0100km/h will now take 6.7 seconds – a reduction of twotenths – which matches that of its direct hot hatch competitors the Volkswagen Polo GTI, Renault Clio RS Sport and Mini Cooper S.
With a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 4.8L/100km and just 114 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometre, the Fiesta ST has segment-leading efficiency thanks to its unique three-pot drivetrain.
The Blue Oval’s application of cylinder deactivation technology in a production three-cylinder is a world-first, with the unit becoming a twopotter under light load conditions.
Transmission options are yet to be confirmed by Ford, but video and images released by the brand depict a manual gearbox, which suggests the sporty Fiesta will continue to be a manual-only proposition – just like its predecessor and the Focus ST and RS.
Additionally, a drive mode selector has filtered down from the Focus RS, giving the driver a choice of normal, sport and track settings for the drivetrain, steering and electronic stability control calibration.
Each of these settings also vary the electronically enhanced engine sound and control a valve in the exhaust system.
Torque vectoring has also been added, helping to reduce understeer and improve traction.
For the first time the rangetopping Fiesta will be offered as a five-door.