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by Dan Prosser, 2 Feb 2016
Verdict: The Fiesta ST is one of the best hot hatches on the market. The 212bhp Mountune package makes it even better
Evo Rating: 4 1/4 stars
For: The best small hot hatch on sale; strong value
Against: Interior is showing its age
The Ford Fiesta ST isn’t only the best car in its class, it also ranks among the very best small hot hatches of all time. It combines a sparkling chassis with a lively, brawny turbocharged engine and a slick manual gearshift. The cabin might be a little too fussy in its details for some, but the aggressive exterior styling hits all the right notes for a small hot hatch.Starting at £17,545 the Fiesta ST undercuts its rivals on price. You’ll have to fork out £19,545 for the range-topping ST3 model to get climate control, cruise control and satellite navigation as standard, but in any guise the Fiesta ST represents good value for money. evo TipFor those who want a little more straight line performance from their hot hatch, Ford tuner Mountune offers an engine upgrade that lifts peak power to 212bhp. Crucially, the upgrade is approved by Ford so it won’t affect the manufacturer warranty. It’s the perfect way to breathe new life onto your Fiesta ST.evo Comment‘The outstanding thing about the Ford Fiesta ST is that it’s as much fun to drive on a great stretch of road as many cars that are several times more expensive. It’s also comfortable and civilized in every day use, which makes it a very easy car to recommend.
'One thing that gave the engine more oomph was the Mountune upgrade (£659), which lifted power from 179 to 212bhp and was fitted at around the same time as the ST’s only service (£169). The results were subtle, but effective – I think it’s something to have done after you’ve run the car in standard trim for a while, just so you appreciate the improvement.' - Henry Catchpole, Features editor.
Performance and 0-60 time > The Fiesta ST clocks a 6.9 second 0-62mph... [Read More]
by Alexandru Monenciu, 24th January 2016
For those of you who are still waiting for a hardcore version of the Fiesta, we might have some bad news as the model might not see the light of day after all.
At the launch of the new Ford Focus RS, Ford Performance's chief engineer Tyrone Johnson confirmed that "In terms of Fiesta RS, I have seen some comments from senior Ford people that it's definitely not in the plan. Typically we don't talk about future products but in that particular one there has been some comments that it's definitely not in the plan."
Just like all the other RS versions, the bad-ass Fiesta was meant to be sportier than the ST and sell for roughly the same price as the larger Focus ST.
Most likely, it would've carried the 1.6-liter engine as the Fiesta ST but with an upgraded turbo and different suspension tuning.
Although there is no Fiesta RS nowhere in sight, don't worry, there are still seven models left for Ford Performance division to unveil before 2020. The current lineup includes the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Focus RS, Mustang GT350R and the GT supercar.
The remaining seven, as part of the company's confirmed 12 cars before 2020, are rumored to be developed on the C1 platform, like the Ford Focus and its RS version, considering the engineering work in the AWD system has already been carried out. This might be great news for the Kuga fans, as a performance version of Ford's SUV is likely to be produced.
Apart from these, performance versions of the Ranger, Everest or the Mondeo are also taken into consideration by the American carmaker.
The near future might bring more goodies from Ford Performance because even more hardcore versions of the Mustang might hit the streets, Car Advice reports.
RS fans still have a reason to be happy, as recently ... [Read More]
by Stuart Gallagher, 18 Jan 2016
Verdict: The best supermini money can buy gets serious firepower from Ford-flavoured tuner Mountune. But is it all too much?
Price: £2295 (conversion)
Evo Rating: 5 stars
What is it?
The Fiesta MR230 is the latest iteration of one of evo’s favourite hot hatchbacks, breathed upon by Essex-based tuning experts Mountune.
While Ford’s Fiesta ST lost its group test against the Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary in the spring of 2015, it was Mountune who granted Ford the upper hand when the two next came together, with the MP215 kit. The MR230 — as its name suggests — is even more powerful and more focused.
The more powerful kit consists of (deep breath) a custom aluminium high-flow airbox with dual cold-air feeds, Mountune’s own high-flow panel air filter and a high-flow, three-inch downpipe with a 200-cell sports catalyst with a 2.5-inch cat-back exhaust system.
Then there’s the high-flow charge-pipe upgrade kit and alloy intercooler, silicone induction hose and an mTune handset loaded with ECU calibration software. The unit also allows monitoring of up to six gauges and has a performance meter, a fault-code reader and a path for future updates or upgrades. There’s also a cam-locking tool included to allow for a greater range of cam-advance/retard, which can give a better spread of power and torque, maximising the potential of the standard turbocharger.
Engine, transmission and 0-60mph time
It all amounts to the 1.6-litre turbo four producing 227bhp at 5500rpm (up from 179 at 5700 in standard tune) and 251lb ft at 3000rpm (up from 214 at 1600) and a full second knocked from the 0-62mph time of the standard ... [Read More]
by Noah Joseph, 13 January 2016
Want to see Ken Block do his thing? The FIA World Rallycross Championship will be the place to see him this year. Ford Performance has announced with the video above that the gymkhana master will be contesting the full WRX season this year backed by Blue Oval factory support.
Of course, Block is no stranger to rallycross. He's just been focusing mostly on the US-based Global RallyCross Championship for the past few seasons, winning several events in the Ford Fiesta ST fielded by his Hoonigan Racing Division outfit. He's also competed in a handful of World Rally Championship events, though without much luck. In 2014, Block contested two rounds of the Euro-centric FIA World Rallycross Championship, and he'll be running the full calendar this year.
That includes rounds in Portugal, Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, France, Latvia, and two in Germany. The closest we'll get on this side of the Atlantic to the sideways action are the rounds in Rosario, Argentina (where the Dakar Rally is based this year) and in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The city is just an hour and a half up the Saint Lawrence River from Montreal, and has hosted Champ Cars and ALMS in the past, so that's where we'll be heading to see the Head Hoonigan do what he does best and exhibit his legendary and otherworldly car-control abilities in front of what will surely be enthralled crowds.
Ken Block to contest World Rallycross Championship with Ford
By Aurel Niculescu on December 22, 2015
Now that we’re only waiting for the showroom arrival of the utterly hot Ford Focus RS hatch across the world, the rumor mill can safely resume spinning this time around the smaller Fiesta brethren.
According to the latest report on the little guy – which is apparently going to sport the RS guise as well – the model could land in 2017 and nail the nameplate’s 40th anniversary. Ford has been mum on saying whether they would indeed deliver to fans and eager customers a Fiesta RS but we know for sure the newly reunited bespoke Ford Performance department is looking to introduce more than 12 high-performance vehicles in the near future. The growing range of such cars could consist of the Focus RS, the F-150 Raptor, the Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R, the new GT and now the Fiesta RS. You can see we have many more spaces to be filled so we’ll keep you posted on the evolution of the line as well.
Back to the Fiesta RS, details are scarce at the moment but we’re imagining a design treatment in the same vein of the Focus RS – dynamic front end, new side skirts, aggressive rear end. Besides the obvious power upgrade we’re also going to be treated to an updated sport-tuned suspension and better brakes. While unconfirmed, the word around the Fiesta RS pits the ST’s turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine climbing from 197 hp (147 kW) to around 246 hp (183 kW). We’re mostly thinking the AWD system from the Focus will not be a go due to expenses and R&D shenanigans.
Via Autobild: Ford Fiesta RS (2017): Vorschau - autobild.de
Report ? Ford Fiesta being treated to RS guise and delivering 246 bhp
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