Today, Ford demonstrated what going a step beyond the Fiesta ST hot-hatch meant to the automaker’s Performance division, and it isn’t an “RS.”
Instead, say hello to the 2016 Ford Fiesta ST200.
What makes the Ford Fiesta ST200 special is the very same 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that powers the ordinary ST, albeit tuned to provide 10 percent more power and 20 percent more torque. With overboost, the mill peaks at around 215HP and 235 lb-ft. The gearbox has also been revised, including a 4.06:1 final drive ratio (versus 3.82:1 in its predecessor) for quicker acceleration.
The jot from 0 to 60 mph in this new Ford Fiesta ST200 lasts just 6.7 seconds. That’s 0.3 seconds quicker than Car and Driver observed in the regular Fiesta ST.
Like that car, the Ford Fiesta ST200 can provide overboost for up to 20 seconds at a time. Other similarities include an enhanced Torque Vectoring system, 3-mode Electronic Stability Control, an adapted rear twist-beam with better roll-stiffness, unique front and rear damper settings, a center of gravity 15mm lower than in the plain Ford Fiesta, a sharper steering ratio with a shortened steering arm, and powerful disc brakes at all four corners.
Unlike the regular ST, the Ford Fiesta ST200 boasts an exclusive Storm Gray exterior color option, 17-inch matte black alloy wheels, red painted brake calipers, illuminated scuff plates, silver-detailed seatbelts, and partial leather Recaro front seats in Charcoal with silver contrast stitching.
Said Ford Europe VP of Product Development Joe Bakaj: “The Fiesta ST is truly beloved by owners and critics. The ST200 takes this special drivers’ car to a new level of power and performance. I think it’s a future classic in the making.”
Ford Fiesta ST200 production is scheduled to begin this June, with deliveries starting shortly thereafter.