Ford Fiesta Gets 200 HP Version, It's Still Called ST

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Instead of making a Fiesta RS, Ford has unveiled an uprated version of the ST. The Blue Oval’s hot hatch also comes with special paint and trim elements.
Ford’s Fiesta ST will be available in a 200 HP version, called the ST200. Thanks to the 10% power hike and the 20% increase in maximum torque, the Fiesta ST200 is 0.2 seconds faster when accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 MPH) and has better in-gear performance. That is great news for any car, and excellent when referring to a hot hatch.

The most powerful production Fiesta ever is capable of sprinting from 0 to 62 MPH in just 6.7 seconds. The top speed is 143 MPH (230 km/h), more than enough for a car in this segment. As its name suggests, maximum output has been raised to 200 HP, while maximum torque is at 290 Nm (214 lb-ft). That is a lot for a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, but it still doesn’t make the Fiesta ST200 the segment leader.

However, the regular version of this generation Fiesta ST was acclaimed by reviewers for excellent overall performance when compared to more powerful cars, so this new version will bring a challenge to the table when it comes to this segment.

The new variant of the Ford Fiesta ST also comes with red brake calipers, matte black 17-inch alloy rims, and a unique exterior color called Storm Grey. The Fiesta ST200’s interior features Recaro front seats, illuminated sill plates, and seat belts with silver accents to match the silver contrast stitching of the cabin.

Additionally, the new version boasts an enhanced suspension and braking system. The car’s ESP system has three operating modes and supports an enhanced torque vectoring control system. Furthermore, the front steering knuckle has been modified, and the rear twist-beam suspension gets improved roll stiffness, while the springs and dampers receive a new calibration.

The steering arm is shorter than the one on the current model, and the steering ratio is sharper than on the standard Fiesta ST. Meanwhile, the braking system includes larger rear brake discs and an enhanced brake master cylinder.

Contrary to expectations, Ford chose not to use their “RS” designation for this version of the Fiesta. The company did not fully explain this decision, but we expect it to have something to do with the power level of the ST200, that would have been insufficient for it to be called RS.

Ford will publicly showcase the new Fiesta ST200 at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Production will begin in June, and the first European customers of this model will get their cars shortly after the first units leave the line.
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