Ford launches 'Performance Edition' Fiesta ST


Ford clearly has a thing for orange. The final 50 examples of 'Heritage Edition' Focus RS were painted 'Deep Orange' - and now the manufacturer has reused the fizzy-drink shade for this, the 'Performance Edition' Fiesta ST. Limited to just 600 units, and on sale from June, the model is exclusively three-door - and exclusive to the UK.

Truthfully, nothing about the limited edition trim level is entirely new because it is festooned with Ford Performance parts that were already available to purchase separately from the manufacturer. But that won't stop the Performance Edition selling out in a nanosecond, of course - and nor should it because a) it'll almost certainly be very good if not great and b) with careful use you can expect it to be virtually depreciation-proof.

So what do you get for what Ford calls "at least a £3,000 premium over the standard ST-3 list price"? Well, basically £3,000 of chassis-enhancing kit including, most notably, a bespoke coilover suspension pack which lowers the Fiesta's ride height by 15mm at the front and 10mm at the rear, and adds 12 bump and 16 rebound settings.


And to make the fun of manually fiddling with them in a pit lane even more rewarding, the Performance Edition twins the new springs and dampers with flow formed alloy wheels that are said to contribute a 7kg reduction in unsprung mass compared to the standard foursome. The stronger and rather handsome 10-spoke, 18-inch rims are finished in rather fetching triple layer 'Magnetite' paintwork, too.

"The Fiesta ST is the car that keeps on giving," said Andy Barratt, managing director, Ford of Britain. "It's fast, fun, affordable, practical and economical - and now we've built a unique example for Ford fans wanting to stand out from the crowd. This ST is for customers who are performance-oriented drivers and tuning enthusiasts who demand maximum fun on the road combined with a sporty appearance - the ultimate Fiesta ST."

Of course, being only one year out from launch means that this 'ultimate' variant doesn't involve fiddling with the car's current (and eminently tuneable) 200hp output - rest assured that'll be the business of future 'ultimate' versions of the ST - but inevitably you do get the Quaife limited-slip diff and launch control, and other high-spec items, too, like LED headlamps and the B&O stereo. Together with the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes with being the member of a small-ish orange-coloured club.





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  • wingman0401 10 Apr 2019

    A standard 3dr ST3 (PP) is £23,375 in the UK, so we're looking at almost £27k for this.

    Excuse my ignorance to the ST brand but surely there's room for an absolute shed load of depreciation here?

    Do quite fancy it, mind you.

  • Krikkit 10 Apr 2019

    Don't care how much it is, that looks belting.

  • J4CKO 10 Apr 2019

    Keep finding myself drawn to the normal one, had to give my wifes normal ecoboost Mk7 a pre mot Italian tune up last night and I reckon its more fun than My M135i, my sons ST is way more fun, might try one and hopefully the ride is less busy and would it be as easy to live with ? at 48 will I look a tit biggrin

    As for this one, sure its ace but orange is a bit lairy.



  • charltjr 10 Apr 2019

    Liking the look of this a lot, but I suspect "depreciation proof" is pushing it just a bit biggrin

  • Podie 10 Apr 2019

    wingman0401 said:
    A standard 3dr ST3 (PP) is £23,375 in the UK, so we're looking at almost £27k for this.

    Excuse my ignorance to the ST brand but surely there's room for an absolute shed load of depreciation here?

    Do quite fancy it, mind you.
    Factor in the performance pack and the LED headlamps and it’s not far off a standard car plus options. Then you have the lighter wheels and suspension.

    I like orange smile

    Only shame is no power increase.

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