Fiesta ST Ford Performance Edition 10 | 04 | 2019

    FORD HAS INTRODUCED a UK-exclusive Fiesta ST Ford Performance Edition, one year on from the first examples of the Fiesta ST hitting British roads. Limited to just 600 examples, and boasting extra kit, it will be available to order in June; first deliveries are scheduled from Scottish dealerships in September. (Related: All-new Ford Fiesta on-sale)

    Prices will confirm pricing next month, but Ford has said it will “carry a premium of at least £3000 over the standard ST-3 list price”; the ‘standard ST-3 costs £22,450. All 600 will be in the three-door bodystyle, finished in unique Deep Orange paint, and based on the best-selling ST-3 trim. (Related: 2019 Ford Focus ST gets 276bhp)

    The limited edition model 18-inch Ford Performance alloys — shaving 7kgs of weight from the standard wheel set — and a Ford Performance coilover suspension pack with stainless steel damper housing and powder-coated Ford Performance Blue springs. (Related: Ford reveals 2019 Kuga plug-in hybrid)


    “The Fiesta ST is the car that keeps on giving,” Andy Barratt, managing director, Ford of Britain, said. “It’s fast, fun, affordable, practical and economical; and now we’ve built a unique example for Ford fans wanting to stand out from the crowd. (Related: Interview — Ford UK boss Andy Barratt)

    “This ST is for customers who are performance-oriented drivers and tuning enthusiasts who demand maximum fun on the road combined with a sporty appearance: the ultimate Fiesta ST.” (Related: Roadtest — Ford Focus RS)


    The coilover suspension pack lowers the ride height by 15mm at the front and 10mm at the rear, and has been extensively tested at the Nürburgring Nordschleife by Ford Performance engineers. The suspension can be adjusted manually, with 12 bump settings and 16 rebound settings for a personalised, finely-tuned driving setup.


    The 10-spoke, 18-inch flow formed alloy wheels are lighter, stronger and more durable than a traditional cast wheel. Flow forming involves the application of pressure to the inner barrel of the wheel while spinning and after it has been cast, which stretches and compresses the aluminium, increasing tensile strength. These alloy wheels are finished with a winter-resistant, high-grade triple layer "Magnetite" paintwork.


    Other standard equipment includes LED headlamps and B&O premium audio system, in addition to the ST’s signature Performance Pack, comprising a specially-designed Quaife limited slip differential (LSD), launch control and performance shift light indicators.


    The latest-generation Fiesta ST went on sale in the UK in May last year, and more than 5000 examples have been sold in that time. The Fiesta ST has been crowned Parker’s overall Car of the Year, and both Top Gear Magazine’s Car of the Year and Hot Hatch of the Year.

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    Jim McGill


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