It looks like Ford has finally managed to fit the new 1.6 litre Ecoboost under the bonnet of the new Fiesta ST (all the cars running around so far have had the lump out of the Zetec S) and has pitched up at Geneva with the production version of the 2013 ST.
That 1.6 litre Ecoboost engine is a four-cylinder petrol with 178bhp and 177lb/ft of torque, which gives a sub-7 second 0-62mph and a top speed of 136mph. That’s 30bhp up on the old Fiesta ST and a second quicker to 62mph, despite which Ford say the 2013 ST emits 20 per cent less CO2.
Ford say the new Fiesta ST significantly improves ride and handling with a specially tuned chassis sitting 15mm lower than in the standard Fiesta. The ST also gets Tourque Vectoring and three electronic stability modes.
Inside Ford say the new ST gets ‘unprecedented levels of equipment’ including Recaro Sports seats and MyKey, which allows owners to limit the performance of the ST and lock-on safety features for when less experienced drivers are at the wheel.
The 2013 Fiesta ST will not start to hit showrooms until 2013 (which is going to disappoint one Cars UK reader who was expecting his in the summer!), and although Ford aren’t saying how much they want for the new Fiesta ST, think north of £16k. And they’re considering selling the new ST in the States – which will please a number of other readers no end.
2013 Ford Fiesta ST Photo Gallery
(13 photos – click any thumbnail for full gallery)