WHAT SEP­A­RATES TH­ESE FAST FORDS (BE­SIDES 450BHP AND £400K)?

Dan Prosser few can outdo Ford Per­for­mance. For sheer breadth of prod­uct, share any fam­ily traits Fi­esta ST and GT su­per­car finds out if the value king OLGUN KORDAL PHOTOGR APHY

Autocar - - THIS WEEK -

The sheer elas­tic­ity of Ford Per­for­mance is a re­mark­able thing. Within the space of a year, the Blue Oval’s fast car divi­sion knocked out one of the most in­tox­i­cat­ing su­per­cars of its gen­er­a­tion, then quickly fol­lowed it up with the best af­ford­able per­for­mance car money can buy.

In the same way that a coast­line seems to get longer the more ac­cu­rately you mea­sure it, the gulf that di­vides the GT and the Fi­esta ST be­comes more and more pre­pos­ter­ous the closer you look. Con­sider this: while the ST counts Toy­otas, Vaux­halls, Volk­swa­gens and Suzukis among its ri­vals, the GT costs about the same as a mid-range Mclaren, plus a mid-range Fer­rari. And if you were to take ev­ery penny you had set aside for a GT of your own and spend it in­stead on Fi­esta STS, the 22 hatch­backs that you’d be­come the proud owner of would weigh the same as four fully grown African ele­phants.

You get the pic­ture. The Ford GT is a lot more ex­pen­sive than the Fi­esta ST, al­though at £420,000 it is also a lot more ex­pen­sive than most other su­per­cars. And it isn’t even as though Ford Per­for­mance is blag­ging its way through build­ing two such dis­parate cars. No, it’s pulling it off in some style, nei­ther one feel­ing like a leap too far or a to­ken ef­fort. Some­how, the GT and the ST both ex­ist in the Ford Per­for­mance heart­land.

It was only a mat­ter of weeks ago that we crowned the Fi­esta ST the finest sub-£30,000 per­for­mance

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