Ford Motor Company is readying its all-new Fiesta ST for its international launch and have revealed more info on the upcoming warm hatch.
Powering it will be a new 1.5-litre 3-cylinder Ecoboost motor, good for 147kw and 290nm, which bests the 147kw and 240nm as seen on the1.6-litre turbocharged limited edition ST200. New to the ST will be an active exhaust system, as well as a cylinder deactivation system for better fuel efficiency, allowing it to run on two cylinders on light throttle loads.
Interestingly, Ford claims the new ST is quicker than the outgoing model, boasting 0-100kph in 6.5 seconds (0.4 quicker than the ST200), while it will run to 232kph, while the ST200 ran out of puff at 230kph.
It's said to feature an optional mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential for better traction, as well as launch control. More importantly, the chassis has been optimized with Ford's new patented force vectoring springs that makes the turn-in sharper, improves the rear end’s responsiveness and provides a generally more connected feel of the car.
Ford South Africa plans to introduce the new Mk8 Fiesta locally just before the middle of 2018, with the ST following shortly thereafter.