Ford Fiesta ST200 Makes the Best Hot Hatch Even Hotter

Everybody’s favourite hot hatch gets more power.

The Fiesta ST is the darling of the motoring world. I may be wrong, but I’ve got a suspicion that there has never been a bad word said about it. Despite that, and clearly disbelieving the maxim that you can have too much of a good thing, Ford has squeezed another 17bhp under bonnet and bolted an ST200 badge to the rear.

While 197bhp might sound plenty, you actually get more. Thanks to an overboost feature, you can force the engine to produce an impressive 212bhp for 15 seconds. Combined with 236ft-lb of torque, it’s enough to get the Fiesta to 62mph in just 6.7 seconds. Keep the throttle pressed for long enough and it will go on to reach 143mph.

As well as more power, buyers will get a modified gearbox, revised suspension, uprated brakes, unique 17-inch wheels, some slightly dull paint, lots of silver inside and some Recaro race-like seats.

There will also be torque vectoring, a system controlled by computers, differentials, brakes and magic that controls the power at the front of the car to prevent torque steer and provide a more nimble, chuckable drive.

“The Fiesta ST is truly beloved by owners and critics. The ST200 takes this special drivers’ car to a new level of power and performance,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford Europe’s vice president of product development. “I think it’s a future classic in the making.”

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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