Ford is introducing a special edition of the Fiesta ST, as we reach the one year mark from the first examples hitting UK roads. We’ve been fortunate enough to grab the Fiesta ST-2 for a week, so keep an eye out for that review coming very soon!
The Fiesta ST Ford Performance Edition is limited to just 600 examples, all in three-door bodystyle and finished in Deep Orange paint.
Based on the best-selling ST-3 trim, the Fiesta ST Ford Performance Edition gains specially-designed Ford Performance parts. Most notable are the 18-inch Ford Performance alloy wheels and a Ford Performance coilover suspension pack.
“The Fiesta ST is the car that keeps on giving,” said Andy Barratt, managing director, Ford of Britain.
“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.
“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.”
The coilover suspension pack includes stainless steel damper housing and powder-coated Ford Performance Blue springs. It 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. This will allow owners to set their Fiesta ST up to suit their own preference, ranging from bone-shaking to super-forgiving.
The 10-spoke, 18-inch flow formed alloy wheels are stronger and more durable than a traditional cast wheel. They’re lighter too, shaving 7kg off the car’s kerb weight. These alloy wheels are finished with a winter-resistant, high-grade triple layer “Magnetite” paintwork, offering a lovely contrast to the Bright Orange paint.
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.
Don’t forget, you can also add the Mountune warranty-approved MP225 package to the new Fiesta ST. It ups the power to a more meaty 225PS and, through a mobile app, can switch between the standard and tweaked engine maps. Through the app, there is also an immobiliser function, bolstering the security on your shiny new Fiesta.
Final pricing for the Fiesta ST Ford Performance Edition will be announced next month, however this ultimate ST specification will carry a premium of at least £3,000 over the standard ST-3 list price. It goes on sale from June 2019, with deliveries expected from early September.
With any luck, one of the deliveries will be to the Ford Press Office, and we’ll be able to get our hands on one to compare to the standard car…