Fiesta ST prices & specs revealed


The new Fiesta ST will cost £16,995 when it goes on sale in spring. That’s the news from blue oval HQ this morning, and it means the Fiesta looks set to be a bit of a hot hatch bargain, much like its bigger brother, the Focus ST.

New ST will hit 60 in 6.9sec
New ST will hit 60 in 6.9sec
That price pitches it below rivals like the Seat Ibiza Cupra and Mini Cooper S, both of which produce similar power and performance figures, while the more powerful Renault Clio RS and Peugeot 208 GTI are expected to cost considerably more. In fact, the ST will even undercut Skoda's Fabia vRS which, assuming it drives as well as we're expecting, could make it the best value small hot hatch on the market.

That’s not all, though: Ford has given us a little more detail on the first petrol turbo Fiesta since the somewhat frenetic RS Turbo of the early ’90s. We already knew that the new car’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine will produce 180hp and 177lb ft, and Ford now tells us that it’ll give the ST a 0-60 time of 6.9sec and a top speed of 136mph. What’s more, three-door enthusiasts will be happy to hear that that’ll be the only variant we’ll get over here – while there will be a five-door option, it’ll only be available across the pond.

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  • GroundEffect 08 Mar 2013

    currybum said:
    LuS1fer said:
    On the down side I could probably do with the sound symposer being a little switch like.....it comes on at 3000rpm , then off again at 2999rpm.
    The symposer works through the air pressure waves. It's tuned to offer the biggest noise amplitude at certain revs. That's why it seems to be 'switching' on. It's a tuned instrument.


  • GroundEffect 08 Mar 2013

    Emeye said:
    GroundEffect said:
    Emeye said:
    HighwayStar said:
    Autocar (and other mags undoubtedly) have said they'll be driving the 208 GTi in the next few weeks so you'll get your answer soon. Autoexpress had their man passenger in it in this weeks mag and were impressed but I am never sure of their reviews. If the 208 turns out to be a return to form you're still stuffed... you seem to be implying it's a 5 door. It's not.
    The Clio is a 5 door but does look expensive.
    I cold have sworn I read somewhere there would be a five door 208. The Clio is an auto. An auto, in a hot hatch?! Wrong.
    It's not an auto. It's an automated manual. Very different technologies.
    Auto is short for automatic or automated manual. It doesn't have a clutch pedal and it will change gear when it wants, even in manual mode. I've driven plenty of DSG VWs and hated them. It just robs you of the involvement. I can maybe see the appeal of a racing style sequential box in a racing car or a supercar when you are properly on one, and I've driven a racing Clio with a sequential box at Bedford Autodrome, but clicking a switch behind the steering wheel and then having the car decide it is time to change up or down as it knows better is not in my opinion fun, especially at normal speeds.
    But from a technical standpoint, an automated manual (a modern one) is a far better prospect than an auto for 'spirited' driving.


  • Emeye 08 Mar 2013

    GroundEffect said:
    Emeye said:
    HighwayStar said:
    Autocar (and other mags undoubtedly) have said they'll be driving the 208 GTi in the next few weeks so you'll get your answer soon. Autoexpress had their man passenger in it in this weeks mag and were impressed but I am never sure of their reviews. If the 208 turns out to be a return to form you're still stuffed... you seem to be implying it's a 5 door. It's not.
    The Clio is a 5 door but does look expensive.
    I cold have sworn I read somewhere there would be a five door 208. The Clio is an auto. An auto, in a hot hatch?! Wrong.
    It's not an auto. It's an automated manual. Very different technologies.
    Auto is short for automatic or automated manual. It doesn't have a clutch pedal and it will change gear when it wants, even in manual mode. I've driven plenty of DSG VWs and hated them. It just robs you of the involvement. I can maybe see the appeal of a racing style sequential box in a racing car or a supercar when you are properly on one, and I've driven a racing Clio with a sequential box at Bedford Autodrome, but clicking a switch behind the steering wheel and then having the car decide it is time to change up or down as it knows better is not in my opinion fun, especially at normal speeds.

  • GroundEffect 08 Mar 2013

    Emeye said:
    HighwayStar said:
    Autocar (and other mags undoubtedly) have said they'll be driving the 208 GTi in the next few weeks so you'll get your answer soon. Autoexpress had their man passenger in it in this weeks mag and were impressed but I am never sure of their reviews. If the 208 turns out to be a return to form you're still stuffed... you seem to be implying it's a 5 door. It's not.
    The Clio is a 5 door but does look expensive.
    I cold have sworn I read somewhere there would be a five door 208. The Clio is an auto. An auto, in a hot hatch?! Wrong.
    It's not an auto. It's an automated manual. Very different technologies.




  • LuS1fer 08 Mar 2013

    Emeye said:
    I cold have sworn I read somewhere there would be a five door 208. The Clio is an auto. An auto, in a hot hatch?! Wrong.
    Like the Porsche GT3...

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