Revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show last February, the Ford Fiesta ST200 represents a mild upgrade to the Fiesta’s already-excellent ST model, perhaps more notable for its exclusive badge and promise of collectibility than for its improved performance.
Why? For one thing, the new Ford Fiesta ST200 doesn’t up the ante very much relative to the regular ST-badged Fiesta. In fact, its engine output is no better than that promised by Mountune’s £600 MP215 package: 215 horsepower and 235 lb-ft on overboost. For another, many of the new performance components that were announced with the Fiesta ST200 – a shorter final-drive ratio, revised steering and suspension, etc. – are making their way into all Fiesta STs regardless.
We’ve heard tell that that’s due to production restraints at Ford’s Cologne, Germany production plant, or some such.
Regardless, it means that if you’re looking for a strong, compelling reason to purchase the £22,745 Ford Fiesta ST200, you may have to look at factors other than the hot-hatch’s slim performance advantage. Things like its exclusive Storm Gray paint option, matte-black 17-inch wheels, red brake calipers, and other cosmetic enhancements might help to sweeten the deal, and it enjoys the status of being a truly limited-run model, but are these things really worth an extra £5,000 over the base price of the Fiesta ST?
Living in the United States, a place where the Ford Fiesta ST200 will never venture, it’s a decision that we don’t have to make. If you happen to live elsewhere, where you do have the option of purchasing the new ST200, we suggest watching Carfection‘s video review above.