When the Ford Fiesta ST Edition was revealed earlier this month, we noticed one particular new feature on the limited edition hatch that was rather interesting. The Fiesta ST Edition comes with a brand new Ford Performance steering wheel sporting a dedicated button for Sport Drive Mode. This gives drivers quick and easy access to unleash the car’s full performance, all with the touch of a button that’s always within reach.
This isn’t actually the first time we’ve seen this particular steering wheel, however, as it’s also present in the recently-released Ford Puma ST. The Sport Drive Mode button is located in the same place in the Fiesta ST Edition, and should function similarly to the one in the Puma ST, which Ford has provided a few details on.
According to the automaker, while in Sport mode, engine mapping and throttle pedal response are sharpened, and EPAS settings are adjusted to deliver more feedback and finer control for fast road driving. The active noise control valve opens to intensify the sporty exhaust note as well.
In addition to Sport Drive Mode, the Fiesta ST Edition also features Normal and Track selectable driving modes, as well as Launch Control and a switchable three-mode electronic stability control system.
Available in three-door bodystyle only, the hot hatch is limited to 500 units for Europe (300 of them earmarked for the U.K. only) and comes packing a host of unique styling details and suspension updates. They include an Azura Blue exterior finish, High Gloss Black detailing, and flow-formed 10 spoke, 18 inch alloy wheels.
In terms of suspension upgrades, the ST Edition is equipped with a Ford Performance adjustable coilover suspension system, twin tube stainless steel damper housings and powder-coated springs, and a Quaife limited-slip differential (LSD).
The limited-edition model is powered by Ford’s turbocharged 1.5L EcoBoost I-4, which uses high-pressure fuel injection and Twin-Independent Variable Cam Timing to deliver 200 PS (197 horsepower) at 6,000 rpm and 290 Nm (214 pound-feet) of torque from 1,600 rpm to 4,000 rpm, for a 0-62 time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 143 miles-per-hour.