2016 Ford Fiesta ST200 1

Ford South Africa is finally introducing the Fiesta ST200 to the local market, about 18 months after it arrived in Europe. Moreover, the ST200 will sail dangerously close to the all-new Fiesta when it comes to showroom space, so perhaps it’s a good thing that only 160 units have been allocated to Mzansi. Oh, the ST200 is also the most powerful mass-production Fiesta of all time.

Wielding the same 1.6-litre turbo engine found in the normal Fiesta ST, the little pucker now makes 149kW of power, which is up from the 134kW of normal. Similarly torque is upped to 290Nm. Best of all, it will give a power and torque boost for about 20 seconds in situations like overtaking, giving the right foot some 160kW and 320Nm for that brief period. Apparently the whole setup makes the car go from 0 – 100km/h in 6.7 seconds, topping off at 230km/h.

Ford did not mess with the rest of the powertrain however; the gearbox remains a 6-speed manual with a shorter final ratio, front wheels do the pulling forward (and backwards), and Electronic Power Assisted Steering remains standard, albeit now with a claimed improvement in feel and feedback. More than this the ST200 comes with an upgraded suspension, ABS, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and enhanced Torque Vectoring Control.

Some of the special design bits fitted into the car include the very distinctive Storm Grey metallic colour, matt black 17-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers, rear LED lights, a reverse parking camera, dual-tone seatbelts and SYNC as part of the package.

The Fiesta ST200 is immediately available from your local Ford dealership at a pointy price of R339 900. Better hurry if you want one; we have a feeling that 160 allocation will be gone pretty fast.

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