Ford has unveiled the new production-ready Fiesta ST at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in advance of the performance hatchback’s launch in Europe in 2013.
The hottest model of the Blue Oval’s supermini series gets a 1.6L turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine rated at 178bhp and 240Nm of peak torque. It is matched to a six-speed manual gearbox that drives the front wheels.
Ford says that the new ST will run the 0-100km/h sprint in under 7 seconds, and reach a top speed of more than 219km/h while delivering a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the previous 148bhp model.
In addition to the Ecoboost engine, the ST also benefits from a specially tuned chassis that sits 15mm lower than the standard Fiesta and features Ford’s enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system and three Electronic Stability Control modes.
On the outside, aside from the new alloy wheels shod in beefier rubber, the ST also gains a bespoke aero package with a new honeycomb grille and bumper designs plus side skirts, a roof spoiler and a rear diffuser.
Inside, the cabin features Recaro sport seats, faux carbon fibre trim and alloy pedals. There’s also a sport steering wheel, a SYNC infotainment system and a “sound symposer” which “filters the most attractive engine noises from under the bonnet.”