The New Ford Fiesta ST is now loaded with an optional LSD (limited-slip differential) and the brand’s patented force vectoring springs, as well as Launch Control. Another first is the selectable Drive Modes. The latest 200PS Fiesta ST was unveiled last year.
For 2018, both three-door and five-door bodystyles with sporty ST exterior styling and standard 17-inch or optional 18-inch alloy wheels are available, along with ST-1, ST-2 and ST-3 equipment levels.
Exterior colors include Frozen White, Magnetic, Moondust Silver, Performance Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, and Silver Fox, and interiors feature as standard supportive Recaro seats, ST gearknob, and flat-bottomed steering wheel with stitching that is replicated on the leather handbrake lever and gear-lever gaiter. For upholstery, the driver’s seat offers a unique-to-segment combination of seat-back angle and seat-base tilt adjustment.
A standard SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system with 6.5-inch screen or optional 8-inch screen will enable Fiesta ST drivers to control audio, navigation and connected smartphones using simple, conversational voice commands. A high quality B&O PLAY Sound System for a high-end audio experience is also offered. Available equipment including SYNC 3 connectivity, B&O PLAY high-end audio, and sophisticated driver assistance technologies such as Lane Keeping Aid and Traffic Sign Recognition.
The Ford Performance model’s sporty character is further enhanced using a bespoke steering knuckle design; unique EPAS calibration with 12:1 steering ratio – the fastest of any Ford Performance model and 14 per cent faster than the previous generation Fiesta ST200;
2018 Ford Fiesta ST: More grip than ever
This 3rd-generation Compact hot hatch now gets more grip thanks to an optional Quaife LSD, which helps to optimize front-end traction for enhanced cornering ability. The mechanical system works to limit distribution of engine torque to a wheel with reduced grip. At the same time, the new LSD option works alongside Ford’s enhanced Torque Vectoring Control technology that improves road-holding and reduces understeer by applying brake force to the inside front wheel when cornering.
With the force vectoring springs, the car’s stability is much improved, as do agility and responsiveness of the twist-beam rear suspension.
The new Fiesta ST is the first compact hot-hatchback to benefit from the technology that uses non-uniform, non-interchangeable, directionally-wound springs to apply vectoring forces to the rear suspension and enables cornering forces to travel directly into the spring, for increased lateral stiffness.
Next in line is the optional Launch Control, which is developed for use on track only. Designed to be simple to use, drivers can select Launch Control using steering wheel controls, activating a dedicated graphical display in the 4.2-inch instrument cluster. Holding the throttle fully open will instruct the system to build engine rpm and automatically hold at the rev limit. Releasing the clutch fully then enables an optimized standing start with electronic stability control (ESC), traction control, Torque Vectoring Control and Torque Steer Compensation systems managing power and torque delivery. Meantime, delectable Drive Modes add even more versatility for the new Fiesta ST: Normal, Sport and Track. Additionally, the three-mode ESC enables drivers to choose between full system intervention; wide-slip mode with limited intervention; and full system de-activation.
For sound buffs, an active exhaust valve technology is included to amplify the uniquely exhilarating and naturally sporty three-cylinder engine sound. High performance braking system with 278 mm vented front and 253 mm solid rear discs are standard.
Ford Fiesta ST: More power, more options
Ford’s all-new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine uses turbocharging, high-pressure fuel injection, Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing and a three-cylinder architecture to deliver 200PS at 6,000rpm, and 290Nm of torque from 1,600 to 4,000 rpm, for 0-62mph acceleration in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 230 KM/H (144mph).