Ford has commenced the production of the new Ford Fiesta ST at the Cologne plant in Germany. Developed by Ford Team RS, the European unit of Ford’s Global Performance Vehicle group, the Fiesta ST for Europe is powered by a 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 6.9 seconds – the first production Fiesta that accelerates to this pace in under 7 seconds – and to reach a top speed of 136.7 mph.
The engine also provides up to 182PS of power and up to 290Nm of torque, while consuming only a gallon of fuel per 48 miles of travel and emitting 138 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre cruised. The new Ford Fiesta ST now sports new steering, suspension and braking components as well as new configuration and tuning.
To make the driving experience more satisfying and securing, Ford installed onto the Fiesta ST an improved version of its Torque Vectoring Control system and a three-mode Electronic Stability Control system.
Juergen Gagstatter, chief programme engineer, Performance Cars, Ford of Europe, described the new Fiesta ST as a modern performance car built “on more than 30 years of fast Fiestas and a global development process.” He added that the new Fiesta ST is a significant step forward in terms of Ford’s heritage of blending a powerful engine with a dynamic chassis, as well as in achieving lesser fuel consumption and emissions.
The new Fiesta ST follows iconic Fiesta models like the XR2, XR2i, RS1800, RS Turbo and first generation ST. It is fitted with Ford’s turbocharged Twin-independent Variable Camshaft Timing EcoBoost engine for faster acceleration and higher top speed than the 2002 Ford Focus ST170. The new Fiesta ST will also be sold in North America and Asia Pacific.
Aside from its new EcoBoost engine, the new Ford Fiesta is laden with top-of-class technologies and features, thereby allowing drivers to stay connected while enjoying a splendid driving experience. One of these technologies is a new MyFord Touch system that comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and enhanced voice control. This new MyFord Touch system allows drivers to access more navigation, communication and entertainment functions.
Likewise, the Ford Fiesta is still specified with the SYNC AppLink that allows drivers to access and control – using voice commands -- smartphone apps and vehicle functions without having to take their hands off the wheel and the eyes off the road. SYNC Services still features turn-by-turn navigation as part of SYNC Services.
One of the new features of the latest Fiesta is Ford's MyKey, which allows parents to encourage their teenage drivers to follow safe driving rules while limiting exposure to risk on the road. For instance, MyKey allows parents to set the maximum speed and max audio volume. It also allows them to mute the audio system until their teenage drivers have fastened their seatbelts. Likewise, MyKey makes sure that teenage drivers are not able to deactivate safety systems, driver aids and vehicle alerts.
John Schneider, Ford chief engineer for Upperbody Electronics, remarked that the new Fiesta was built for the digital generation, as evidenced by innovations like Bluetooth connectivity and MP3 capabilities. Likewise, the new Fiesta allows tech-savvy people to access social media to stay connected even when on the road.