The New Ford Fiesta ST
I don’t mind disclosing it, I love Ford Fiesta ST. There was some disappointment with the drive in a Peugeot 208 GTi and even the Renaultsport Clio, so it’s with some joy I can say the hot hatch revolution is still alive and kicking.
In fact id go as far as to say Fords Fiesta ST is the benchmark for what a hot hatch should aspire to be, from its handling to its outright performance and even the level of spec crammed into such a small rocket, this is just me talking but you could go as far as to say the Fiesta ST is “too hot to handle”
Now this is stunning news seeing as the Fiesta (which has been around almost as long as I’ve had aspirations of being a professional footballer) probably doesn’t feature as a blip on most people’s hot hatch radar. I personally have owned one or two versions of a hot hatch in the shape of an XR2 and a rebuilt and tuned XR3i but I have to say this car blows them out of the water in every way. So while the frenchies fight and argue over 2nd and 3rd place the Fiesta St has sped past them both and settled itself firmly in pole position this time round.
The guys down at the ford plant must be jumping around with glee. The Peugeot and Renault cars may have produced the most amount of propaganda but the Fiesta ST was just quietly waiting to steal their thunder.
Now this car has been thoroughly tested in all kinds of conditions including blistering heat and extreme road conditions including motorways and even back country roads, so pretty much anything you could manage in just one week.
The conclusion to be taken from this strenuous workout is that the Fiesta ST is undoubtedly to be regarded in the echelons of time as one of the all-time great Hot Hatch cars. Now we aren’t talking about a new uprising just a case of what can be achieved if things are kept simple!
Coming in at a start price that’s just a tad under £17000 (though I would strongly suggest spending the additional £1000 on getting the ST2 version just for the heated Recaro seats alone) Add to this the projector type front lights with LED running lights, a DAB radio by Sony, Electronic push start button and some tinted glass it would confound even the dimmest of car enthusiasts why you could even just settle for the basic model ST1?
This Ford Fiesta ST delivers 182hp and 290Nm of torque which assists it in reaching 62mph in a just 6.9 seconds, and is capable of a top speed of 139mph. This can be leased at the cost of a mere £182.99 + VAT a month.
This blog isn't a case of kicking a dog while it’s down (the 208 and the Clio Sport are both fantastic examples) but more a cause for celebration of the seemingly impeccable Fiesta ST by the guys down at the Ford plant.
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19 August 2013
Written by Rob