RE: Ford Fiesta ST Revo: Driven

RE: Ford Fiesta ST Revo: Driven

Thursday 29th January 2015

Ford Fiesta ST Revo: Driven

Faster, louder and harder than standard, but is it any better?



Certain cars dictate certain driving styles. In a luxurious saloon, your inputs are measured and smooth to maintain the serenity. With a big turbo it's nice to hold a gear and anticipate the boost. And aren't roadsters just for blipped gearchanges and tunnels?

Looks great on coilovers, ride less impressive
Looks great on coilovers, ride less impressive
In a Revo Fiesta ST, your foot is to the floor. Everywhere. Traffic lights are start lines, roundabouts have clip points and B-roads become stages. That may sound juvenile but I defy anyone to drive this car with any concern for maturity. If the standard ST is a Scrappy Doo kind of character, this Revo car is Wile E. Coyote; of the same family but meaner, nastier and even keener to, er, scrap.

But Revo's plan for mischief is far more successful than Coyote's, perhaps because it is as simple as his ideas were complex. And that's where the extended analogy ends, honest. Essentially the Revo ST is a faster and more capable version of an already fast and very fun car. And therefore pretty fantastic.

It's an enhancement and not a transformation though. If the regular Fiesta's up-and-at-'em attitude isn't for you then you'll hate the Revo. Indeed, for those used to hot hatches with adaptive dampers and endless configurability (guilty as charged), the ceaseless intensity of the Fiesta can come as something of a shock. The ST is about as old school as contemporary hot hatches are and this car is even more of the same.

Well what's a tuned hot hatch without a big exhaust?
Well what's a tuned hot hatch without a big exhaust?
BD14NVE is Revo's Stage 2 car, to become an even wilder Stage 3 soon. As well as the software upgrades this car had a Scorpion turbo back exhaust, Airtec Stage 2 intercooler, Bilstein B14 coilovers and Team Dynamics wheels. Don't forget about that bizarre overboost too; because it isn't permanent, the Fiesta is sold as 182hp and 177lb ft despite having 200hp and 214lb ft for 15 seconds every time full throttle is deployed. So you're never going to be without 200hp when required.

Regardless, the Revo ST is a damn fast little car. Seriously, how-can-a-Fiesta-be-doing-this sort of fast. Revo states gains of up to 30hp depending on fuel but a far more significant torque gain of between 47 and 79lb ft. So that's up to 293lb ft. Yep. At Bruntingthorpe this Fiesta reached 100 mph from a standstill in 13.7 seconds, with six of those taken to hit 60. For reference Harris timed a Mountune at 15.4 seconds and the standard car did 17 flat in Autocar's hands. It's hilariously rapid.

Definitely not planning reverse doughnuts
Definitely not planning reverse doughnuts
Unfortunately we didn't have opportunity to verify those numbers independently but there is certainly no reason to doubt them. The fundamental characteristics of the standard car have remained, just with a whole heap more muscle. The slight low-rev hesitancy is only more noticeable now because of the torrent that follows soon after. By 2,000rpm or so you're rocking along quite nicely but at 3,500rpm it's absolutely tearing down the road. This car felt keener than the last standard car I drove to chase the 6,800rpm limiter too but that could have been attributable to a few more miles. There are no peaks or troughs in the delivery, simply a sustained lunge of addictive, brilliant boost. It's mega.

The Scorpion exhaust is the perfect accompaniment. Mostly. It burbles with small throttle applications, blares at full attack and can be a touch annoying at a cruise. As with all tuning, it's a case of personal preference. I would keep it, just for those perfect downchange moments with a few pops from behind. It's not for those wishing to make subtle progress mind. But then are those people considering any kind of Fiesta ST?

Fast before, now absurdly rapid
Fast before, now absurdly rapid
An upgrade that may require further deliberation are the Bilstein B14 coilovers. A lower and stiffer Fiesta ST is fabulous at the right times and fairly frustrating at the wrong ones. It jostles with the road, throwing up imperfections you never knew existed and feeling quite feisty. The damping is fine, it could just do with a fraction more compliance and travel for everyday road use. These units are height adjustable and, given the amount of times this ST scraped its nose, a few more millimetres up would probably help. It would surely be outstanding on a track in this setting but it's a little too harsh for everyday. Revo is working on some adjustable units for the next raft of upgrades which will be interesting to try.

Of course the flipside is superb. So well tied down is the ST on its coilovers with fresh front tyres that traction is fantastic, much better than you may expect given that torque output. The great turn in from the standard car is maintained with the same eagerness to tighten its line and be adjusted on the throttle. But the feeling that sometimes occurs with the standard ST of being right up on its tippy-toes never materialises, the Revo so much more composed in quick direction changes. On the right road I'm not sure much more fun could be had with front-wheel drive.

It's really good out of the car park too
It's really good out of the car park too
And everything that's so appealing about the standard Fiesta ST remains in the tuned car. The gearbox is slick, the pedals are nicely placed and it looks pretty cool too. The full breakdown of costs is below but this isn't too costly, and parts can be added one by one. With used STs from£12K you could have a car like this complete for comfortably less than £16K. As with all modified cars it's your own risk as the changes from factory standard will invalidate the warranty. It will be worth investigating how an insurance premium would be affected too. For what it's worth the Revo car never felt like anything less than a very fast version of the regular ST, not some sketchy tuner special. The tweaks are hardly drastic after all.

Some conclusions then. The standard Fiesta ST is a great car and the Mountune version even more so. If neither can satisfy your desire for a fast Fiesta though the Revo absolutely will. Anyone who enjoys a raucous hot hatch will totally love it. Personally I'd be inclined to search out a slightly less focused suspension setup but the additional power is addictive once experienced. The 280hp Stage 3 car with a limited-slip diff and bigger brakes should be amazing. I can't wait.


FORD FIESTA ST REVO STAGE 2
Engine:
1,596cc 4-cyl turbo
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 218-232hp (dependent on fuel) (182@5,700rpm (200hp w/overboost) as standard)
Torque (lb ft): 261-293lb ft (177@1,500-5,000rpm (214lb ft w/overboost) as standard)
0-62mph: 5.9 sec (Revo figures)
Top speed: 144mph
Weight: 1,163kg
MPG: 47.9mpg (NEDC combined, standard car)
CO2: 138g/km (standard car)
Price: £20,752 (assuming standard Fiesta ST-1 at £17,250 plus £449 for Revo Stage 2 software, £729 for Bilstein B14 coilovers, £750 for Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 wheels, £549 for Airtec intercooler and £1,025 for the Scorpion exhaust).

[Source: Autocar]
[Pics: Ben Lowden]





 

 

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N0ddie

Original Poster:

205 posts

99 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Nice wee review. Our little Fiesta is currently at Revo stage 2 (No coilovers yet though). It was dyno'd with 207bhp @ the wheels (241bhp @ the fly) and 243lb/ft @ the wheels.

Its a very nippy car. The difference between the MP215 package I had fitted originally is night and day. I to have the Scorpion turbo back exhaust. It was loud to start with but now with nearly 10k miles on the exhaust its very quiet (Inside the car anyway).

TNH

467 posts

81 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Sounds like it would be even better with just the intercooler and map.

Axionknight

8,338 posts

69 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Love it! My girlfriend drives a Mountune ST2 and its a great little car, this looks like one too, Ford really have got it spot on with this generation of Fiesta IMO.

Matt Bird

1,012 posts

139 months

PH Reportery Lad

Thursday 29th January 2015
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N0ddie said:
Nice wee review. Our little Fiesta is currently at Revo stage 2 (No coilovers yet though). It was dyno'd with 207bhp @ the wheels (241bhp @ the fly) and 243lb/ft @ the wheels.

Its a very nippy car. The difference between the MP215 package I had fitted originally is night and day. I to have the Scorpion turbo back exhaust. It was loud to start with but now with nearly 10k miles on the exhaust its very quiet (Inside the car anyway).
Good news! How do you find it with the standard suspension? Glad to hear the exhaust is alright to live with, I found it OK at a steady cruise but quite boomy if you needed to accelerate at all. Fantastic when you're on it though!


Matt

N0ddie

Original Poster:

205 posts

99 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Matt Bird said:
Good news! How do you find it with the standard suspension? Glad to hear the exhaust is alright to live with, I found it OK at a steady cruise but quite boomy if you needed to accelerate at all. Fantastic when you're on it though!


Matt
The standard suspension is good but pretty harsh I think. This is being remedied tomorrow though with a set of adjustable coilovers which are meant to transform the ride quality.
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framerateuk

2,419 posts

118 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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I had the Montune 185 upgrade fitted on my old Fiesta ST.

It really did transform the way the car went, and when you wanted a good drive, it was absolutely hilarious.

However, it was ruined for daily use. The exhaust was so noisy that I ended up switching it for a quieter one. The KW suspension fitted was great on track, but was incredibly hard on the road. Driving over a potholed surface was painful!

Hasbeen

1,983 posts

155 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Quote. "And everything that's so appealing about the standard Fiesta ST remains in the tuned car"

Surely this is a misprint, you must have meant appalling. My wife has one of the horrible things. I foolishly took it to the airport a couple of times, the second time as I was sure I must have just been having a bad day the first time. I wasn't.

The only thing that could get me in the thing again, would be to take a sick dog, who might throw up, to the vet.

robertrobertson

60 posts

45 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Graet little car I would love one a proper back road weapon lol !

Liquid Tuna

1,384 posts

90 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Hasbeen said:
Quote. "And everything that's so appealing about the standard Fiesta ST remains in the tuned car"

Surely this is a misprint, you must have meant appalling. My wife has one of the horrible things. I foolishly took it to the airport a couple of times, the second time as I was sure I must have just been having a bad day the first time. I wasn't.

The only thing that could get me in the thing again, would be to take a sick dog, who might throw up, to the vet.
Eh? Can you explain please? I've never really read a bad thing about these cars so it's interesting to hear another side.

Mafffew

1,131 posts

45 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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N0ddie said:
The standard suspension is good but pretty harsh I think. This is being remedied tomorrow though with a set of adjustable coilovers which are meant to transform the ride quality.
Meister R coilovers? Heard a lot of good stuff about them.

10b0b

35 posts

46 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Seriously concidering one of these for a while as my daily...

This article is not helping!

Riskins

133 posts

59 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Great read and very interesting as my wife has a standard ST2 which is a joy to hoon about in, really good fun.

With Mountune springs and a Milltek resonated exhaust this may be a better compromise to enjoy the performance without bleeding your ears and crushing your spine.

Definitely interested in the Revo upgrade when the car is paid for next year.

J4CKO

25,302 posts

134 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Had a little dice with one of these in my 350Z, was like a Fat Labrador chasing a Jack Russell.

Terminator X

6,870 posts

138 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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"The 280hp Stage 3 car with a limited-slip diff and bigger brakes should be amazing."

How do these powerfully built FWD cars put all that power down?!

TX.

J4CKO

25,302 posts

134 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Terminator X said:
"The 280hp Stage 3 car with a limited-slip diff and bigger brakes should be amazing."

How do these powerfully built FWD cars put all that power down?!

TX.
they dont, they use clever suspension to mitigate it and boost limits in the lower gears, other than that it is either traction control or massive wheelspin.

X5TUU

4,900 posts

121 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Terminator X said:
"powerfully built FWD cars
that has to be a PH quote of the day surely lol

Chicane-UK

3,860 posts

119 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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I've had an ST now for a month. It's honestly a superb little car. I got the piss taken mercilessly by one of my colleagues about it being a chavvy hot hatch, but it's simply so fast and so capable, not to mention (mostly) well appointed inside not sure it really deserves that kind of reputation any more? It feels like quite a step up from the previous generation in so many respects.

Keep thinking about the Mountune upgrade but honestly with 200BHP (in overboost) and with the car not being all that flabby, not sure it really needs any more power as it's brisk enough!

The firm ride would be my only complaint - it is extremely unforgiving. That and the fuel economy not being anywhere near what they say it should be (Ford claim approx. 50MPG in extra-urban driving, I've not been able to best mid 30's - and that was driving like a granny!).

Edited by Chicane-UK on Thursday 29th January 13:29

Theophany

1,060 posts

64 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Mafffew said:
Meister R coilovers? Heard a lot of good stuff about them.
They're able to make something as despicably crashy as an Fn2 Type R Civic on 19" wheels bearable. Witchcraft I tell you.

Studio117

4,250 posts

125 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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I want to like these and they are really affordable, especially on lease. But i just couldn't live with such a boring engine.

blade7

8,087 posts

150 months

Thursday 29th January 2015
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Liquid Tuna said:
Hasbeen said:
Quote. "And everything that's so appealing about the standard Fiesta ST remains in the tuned car"

Surely this is a misprint, you must have meant appalling. My wife has one of the horrible things. I foolishly took it to the airport a couple of times, the second time as I was sure I must have just been having a bad day the first time. I wasn't.

The only thing that could get me in the thing again, would be to take a sick dog, who might throw up, to the vet.
Eh? Can you explain please? I've never really read a bad thing about these cars so it's interesting to hear another side.
The ride is harsh, other than that it's a great little car.