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Top 10 Fast Fiestas

With 2021 the Fiesta XR2’s 40th birthday we look back at the best of the breed

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The cult of the hot hatch just wouldn’t be the same without fast Fords. Even if you’re a die-hard follower of the Golf, the 205 or the Civic (or any number of other options), it can’t be denied that Ford has always put incredible effort into making performanc­e affordable for the person on the street, and the Fiesta sits in the centre of this game-plan. Whether it’s feisty XR2s skulking in your local drive-thru or your grandma pootling to the shops in a Popular Plus, memories of the Ford

Fiesta will be inextricab­ly intertwine­d with your past, which is unsurprisi­ng given that the model popped into the topten bestseller list back in 1977 and has pretty much stayed there ever since – it’s an enduring love affair, we just can’t get enough. And given that this year marks the 40th anniversar­y of the XR2’s launch, we wanted to pull together a greatest-hits of fast Fiestas, from those halcyon days of 1981 right up to the present moment. Enjoy the ride.

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