What makes the Ford Fiesta Zetec S Red Special Edition so Special?
The Ford Fiesta is our favourite car here in the UK. It has been the Best-Selling car since 2009 so it seems we just can’t get enough of this humble hatchback. The secret behind the Fiesta's popularity may lie in the impressive range, with 16 variants to choose from there is sure to be a Fiesta to suit everybody's style.
To begin with it has everything you would expect from a Fiesta. These compact cars are brimming over with the latest technology. There are LED Daytime running lights to stand out on the road, a Quickclear heated windscreen so there is no delay in leaving on a frosty morning, MyKey System to give you controls such as limiting the top speed and reducing the maximum sound system volume. Hill start assist and electric power steering aid driving – you can also add cruise control and rear parking sensors for a little more ease on the road. Ford Sync provides emergency assistance, Bluetooth connection with voice control and will even read out your text messages for you – just be careful who else is in the car to hear them!
The Zetec S Red Edition has a few styling differences that mark it out from the Fiesta crowd. Firstly, a Race Red body is contrasted with a Panther Black roof and mirror caps, wheels are upgraded to 17” black alloys and there is an additional front bumper aero foil to add to the sporty theme.
Inside this sporty theme continues with ergonomic black leather trimmed sports steering wheel, charcoal black sports seats, a leather trimmed handbrake and black floor mats that all have red contrast stitching. Heated front seats are an optional extra if you need a little extra warmth for those chilly winter (or sometimes summer!) days.
What really puts the ‘special’ in special edition is hiding out of sight under the bonnet… Ford has created the most powerful 1.0 litre volume engine EVER in a production car and this special engine debuted in the special editions. The new 140ps 1.0 litre engine is more fuel efficient than ever achieving 62.8 mpg, produces only 104 g/km CO2 yet has 12% more power than the 1.0 litre 125ps engine creating a much sportier driving experience. Just as Ford has squeezed as much technology into this little hatchback as possible, they are squeezing every ounce of power out of this 1.0 litre engine. If we rewind back 10 years and compare this new engine to the Fiesta S with a 1.6 litre 100ps, more than twice the specific output per litre is achieved. This shows how far Ford has come in developing new engines, proving how much can be done with just 1 litre and making sure the Fiesta Red Edition is firmly placed in the performance hatch category.
The Special Red Edition can reach a top speed of 125 mph and race from 0-62 mph in only 9 seconds, but despite its high performance, the running costs, insurance costs and road tax are still low and a reassuring 5* NCAP safety rating has been awarded.
So how does the Fiesta Special Edition compare to other cars in it's category ? The table below gives you an at a glance comparison ...
|Engine||Top Speed||MPG||CO2 g/km||0-62 mph||Leasing Prices From|
|Fiesta Special Edition||1.0 EcoBoost||125||62.8||104||9 seconds||£94.99 + VAT p/m|
|Renault Clio Special Edition||1.6 T 16V||146||47.9||135||6.6 seconds||£267.29 + VAT p/m|
|Corsa Black Special Edition||1.4T||130||49.6||132||8.9 seconds||£233.39 + VAT p/m|
The Ford Fiesta is the perfect all round car – compact enough to fit into the last tiny parking space in town, yet tough enough to take on the motorways. The Special Red Edition adds an extra pinch of driving excitement while turning a few heads with its bold contrasting colours.
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11 March 2016
Written by Natalie Faughy