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This is the Ford Fiesta ST200 hot hatchback and it brings with it more than just a limited edition badge.
Powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine producing 197bhp and 214lb ft of torque, but for 20 seconds that rises to 212bhp and 236lb ft on overboost.
0-62mph takes 6.7 seconds and the ST200 has a top speed of 143mph. It is a pocket rocket.
We see if the sizzling new DS 3 Performance Black has what it takes to beat the Ford Fiesta ST200 and MINI JCW Sport
French manufacturers have a rich history in the hot hatch market. Search through the back catalogue of cars in this class and you’ll find a trail of brilliant models from the other side of the Channel – and since DS split from Citroen and set out on its own as a standalone brand, there’s a new small performance car on sale.
While the DS 3 has been offered in hot guise in the past, the DS 3 Racing was branded as a Citroen and only 200 cars came to the UK. There’s no cap on production of the new DS 3 Performance we’ve lined up here, with the company aiming to bring luxury and speed to the masses. But there’s a glut of talented hot hatches that have been doing this very convincingly for a long while now.
Ford’s Fiesta ST is a sublime-handling, tuned three-door, and here in new limited-edition ST200 guise it boasts some unique design features to set it apart from the rest of the range – not to mention a power hike. Meanwhile, the MINI John Cooper Works aims to offer a premium alternative to the ST, mixing the DS’s luxury with just as much performance potential.
However, when the Fiesta and JCW last... [Read More]
An Autocar rendering of how the next-generation Ford Fiesta could look
The next Ford Fiesta will boast a higher-quality interior and more mature looks; set to go on sale early next year
by Steve Cropley, 11 August 2016
The next-gen Ford Fiesta will build on the current car’s success with more mature looks and a higher-quality cabin.
The design and mechanical layout of the seventh-generation Ford Fiesta supermini, due to be unveiled at the end of this year, has been heavily influenced by two familiar small cars.
One is the new budget Ka+, which promotes the Ka nameplate from the A-segment to the B-segment and frees the new Fiesta to move to a ‘mainstream premium’ position in Ford marketing parlance.
The other influencer is the current, sixth-generation Fiesta, which is still setting records after seven years on sale. Its enduring popularity and great road ability reassure Ford that its customers will be happy with an evolutionary car.
“The current Fiesta has been so successful,” one Ford insider told Autocar, “that it has earned the right to evolve.”
Like the current car, the new Fiesta will be based on Ford’s Global B platform, also used in a simpler form for the Ka+. That means the new Fiesta will be very similar in overall length and wheelbase to the existing car, although there is talk of slightly wider tracks.
Clues to chassis spec came to life with the current Fiesta ST, when suspension engineers decided the twist beam rear suspension needed retooling to preserve handling balance and improve ride comfort. But the investment needed was not... [Read More]
by Antony Ingram, 19 Jul 2016
The Fiesta is 40 and quick ones have been around nearly as long - here are five of the best
The Ford Fiesta is forty. That it's reached the four decade mark is impressive on its own. That it's been one of the biggest-selling cars in the country for that entire time even more so.
But there's another side to the Fiesta: Performance. When it arrived in 1976, the concept of the hot hatchback was at an embryonic stage, but Ford quickly realised a sporty version would hold great appeal.
Forty years later and with the Fiesta ST200 hitting the streets, that's still very much the case. Below you'll find five of the best fast Fiestas, and we explain just what made them so special.
The Supersport wasn’t technically the first sporting Fiesta – that was the 1300 Sport – but it was very much the precursor to the XR2 that followed in the second generation.
With 89bhp from its 1.3-litre engine and a 775kg kerb weight it was certainly lively by the standards of early 1980s shopping cars, and like the XR2 the styling still looks great today – think stripes, spotlights,... [Read More]
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Ford Fiesta, we head off on a road trip to Geneva in a 1976 example
by Steve Cropley, 25 June 2016
It’s easy, having ideas. Carrying them out is more challenging. This was the direction of my thinking at 6am on a Sunday morning in March, when I pitched up at the London address of Mr Stan Papior, master photographer, to drive with him to Geneva for the annual car show, one of the better dates in the motoring year.
Our transport? A 1976 Ford Fiesta.
It wasn’t the novelty of the trip that created my concerns that morning. We’ve both driven the route many times – me most notably years ago in a 1912 Ford Model T. On that occasion, we took a leisurely three days to cover the 600 miles to the Swiss capital – and enjoyed it so much that as our destination drew near, we slowed so as not to end it.
No, my concern this time was the tightness of our schedule versus the Mk1 Fiesta’s capabilities. We needed to complete the trip in one long day of driving and this little car had just 45bhp from a 957cc four-pot engine under its bonnet. Its four-speed gearbox had an ultra-short top gear, which meant even when doing 65-70mph it had to sing for its supper. It rolled on 13in steel wheels and puny 145-section tyres. Its top speed was quoted at just over 80mph and its 0-60mph time at 17.8sec – but both were optimistic in the accepted way of ‘claimed’ manufacturers’ figures back in the day.
In any case, the car would have to cope with the non-standard weight of two blokes (one regular, one large) plus quite a bit of luggage and camera gear. There was no getting around it: it was slow.
Yet it was that fondly remembered Model T trip that had... [Read More]
by Mircea Panait, 21st June 2016
One year after Volkswagen brought the Polo into this world, Ford gave birth to the similarly sized Fiesta. The best-selling subcompact in Europe is in its sixth generation since 2008, making it just as old as the current SEAT Ibiza. All that is about to change sometime next year, probably in Geneva, with the advent of the seventh-generation Ford Fiesta.
This is not the first time our spy photographers caught the all-new Ford Fiesta in action. However, this is not your regular Fiesta. It is, in fact, an ST. The clues that give it away are the sporty wheels shod in low-profile tires, the two exhaust tips that stick out the right-hand side of the rear bumper, and the intercooler up front.
If I’m not mistaken, the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST employs twist-beam suspension at the rear, but I’m not surprised. This is the norm in the segment and, for what it’s worth, the current Ford Fiesta ST has a similar setup. The footprint of the new kid on the block, however, is a bit longer and a bit wider than that of its predecessor. This should help with carving corners, as will Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control.
The moment you realize that FoMoCo is benchmarking the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST against the current model is the moment you realize that the Blue Oval will not dare to alter the tried-and-tested recipe. As such, you’re looking at a FWD hot hatch animated by a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine and a six-speed manual.
It’s natural to assume that the hood hides a 1.6-liter turbo engine with more than 200 PS (197 HP) and 214 lb-ft (290 Nm). Not only does it have to be... [Read More]
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