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What you need to know about the new Ford Fiesta ST

16 May 2018

A new Ford Fiesta ST will be unleashed on UK roads this summer and it’s guaranteed to turn heads wherever it blasts its boomy exhaust.

Here are all the vital facts and figures you need to know about the mildly scorching supermini:

Engine

Under the bonnet of the new Fiesta ST is a three-pot 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. It can pump out up to 196bhp and 290Nm of torque, via a six-speed manual transmission.

With this amount of power and thrust, it can take care of 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds before topping out at 144mph.

The engine comes packed with a trio of driving modes to cater for certain situations: normal, sport and track. Each varies settings for steering and stability for an optimised fun-to-drive experience in all conditions. The more ferocious modes amplify the sound of the car’s exhaust note via the Electronic Sound Enhancement (ESE) technology and active exhaust noise control valve.

Fuel consumption

Most hot hatches sacrifice fuel economy for performance, but the ST’s zippy three-pot petrol keeps mpg in mind with the addition of cylinder deactivation technology. This rests cylinders when it doesn’t need them in a bid to limit and optimise fuel consumption.

As a result, the new Fiesta ST can return a combined fuel economy of 47.1mpg while emitting 136g/km of CO2.

Safety

As with the standard Fiesta, car safety assessors Euro NCAP awarded the ST a maximum five-star rating.

Price

Prices for the Fiesta ST start from £18,995, rising to £19,995 for the three-door mid-spec ST-2 or £20,645 for the five-door, with the range-topping ST-3 bearing a £21,495/£22,145 price tag.

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Equipment

All Fiesta STs come with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Recaro seats and ST sports suspension, electric heated wing mirrors, specially-developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, DAB radio, cruise control and safety features such as lane-keeping alert and speed limiter.

The mid-spec ST-2 adds climate control, heated Recaro front seats with blue seatbelts, B&O Play premium sound system and a larger eight-inch touchscreen.

Top-rung ST-3 models benefit from 18-inch alloy wheels with red brake calipers, satellite navigation, automatic rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror and driver assistance features including traffic sign recognition, auto high beam and driver alert.

For an extra £600, ST-2 or ST-3 models can add full LED headlamps or the £850 Performance Pack, which chucks in a Quaife limited slip differential, launch control and performance shift lights.

Colours

Buyers can choose from one of seven exterior shades: race red, frozen white, magnetic, moondust silver, shadow black, silver fox and - new to the Fiesta ST - performance blue.

Availability

Orders are being accepted now, with first deliveries commencing this summer.

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