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This prize is for two cars plus £50,000 cash included in the price of your ticket.
FORD FIESTA ST-2
The hot hatchback – a mainstay of the performance car market since the mid-80’s – and one of the first was the Ford Fiesta XR2. The name may have changed from XR to RS to ST, but the hot Fiesta has always provided the sweetest handling for the money in the market.
The previous Fiesta ST200 was widely heralded as the best handling car in the class, so Ford has stuck to what it knows with this new Fiesta ST model. Based on an all-new platform, the new Fiesta is slightly bigger, but a touch lighter too, and this new ST has the same 197bhp as the outgoing model.
But where the difference comes in is how that power is produced – in this instance by a new 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine. Yes, you read that correctly – a 3-cylinder 1.5 producing just shy of 200bhp!
This is, of course, the current trend for downsizing kicking in, and means that the new ST produces the same power, but emits less CO2 and drinks less fuel, all with the same performance.
One extra benefit of this new powerplant is the noise – three-cylinder engines have a distinct thrum and burble to them, like half of a Porsche 911 engine and when combined with some fruity exhaust tuning and intake/turbo noise you can expect the new ST to be huge fun to throw around you favourite country roads.
FORD RANGER RAPTOR
Ford struck a gold mine when they turned the workhorse F150 pickup truck into the Raptor, appealing to those who wanted a truck that was fast, sounded great, looked like a Baja racer, and could handle going fast off-road like one. But in Europe, it has never really taken off, mainly due to it being the size of most family homes.
Raptor fans can be happy now though, as Ford has applied the same formula to the Ranger – jack up the suspension (and replace it with Fox Racing shocks), widen the front and rear track, add chunky tyres, and tweak the styling to look way more aggressive thanks to the wider arches.
Sadly it doesn’t get the Ecoboost engine we were all hoping for, but for now, we get a 210bhp 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine going through a 10spd auto gearbox. Yes, ten-speed! That gearbox can be controlled via paddles behind the steering wheel and there are six selectable driving modes including four for various off-road exploits.
Win this Fiesta ST-2 AND the Ranger Raptor for one week only in the BOTB Competition!