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.
For 2021 there's a new facelift which adds a more aggressive front end a few more Nm of torque for good measure. The interior gets the latest tech and as we've now made this the ST-3 model it's fully loaded with all the kit you could want like 18-inch alloys, Matrix LED headlights, keyless entry, new 12.3-inch digital cluster, Ford performance seats and the Performance Pack with the Quaife limited slip differential.
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