Click above for high-res gallery of the limited edition Ford Fiesta ST500

Finishing off a successful (and fun) run of current-gen Fiesta ST models, Ford just introduced a special limited edition version of its little hot hatch. Painted in Panther black with silver stripes to emulate the company's Escort RS2000 race livery, the new Fiesta ST500 will be limited to just 500 units, hence the "500" in the name. Besides the black paint and silver stripes, this special Fiesta gets black alloys hiding red calipers and an MSRP of £15,000 in the UK, the only market in which it will be available.

Still powered by the same 150-horsepower 2.0L four-banger, the ST500 also features the suspension and steering tweaks that make this car such a blast on B roads. Presumably the Roush/Mountune engine upgrades will also fit here, allowing 165- and 185-horsepower options for those who find the stock 150 unsatisfactory. Those poking their heads inside will also spot a new Sony audio system, as well as ebony leather heated seats and faux fiber trim. Looks good, and not a bad way to finish off a successful run, but we're honestly more interested in a possible SVT version of the new Fiesta that we will be seeing Stateside soon.

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PRESS RELEASE:

NEW SPORTY LIMITED EDITION FIESTA ST
  • Fiesta ST500 special edition
  • Panther black metallic paint
  • Black alloy wheels
  • Red brake callipers – a first for any Fiesta
  • Silver bonnet and side stripes
  • Prices start at £15,000

BRENTWOOD, 10 June, 2008 –A special edition Ford Fiesta ST packed with extra equipment is set to thrill Fiesta fans across Britain. Priced from £15,000 and called ST 500, it will be limited to just 500 and will be distinguished by unique styling touches and extras.

The Fiesta ST is renowned for its punchy 2.0-litre 150PS engine, sports-tuned steering, lowered and stiffened sports suspension and short-shift, close ratio gearbox which creates its exciting ride. The sporting heritage of the best Ford cars is carried on to this special edition with unique 'U'-shaped stripes; designed to echo the livery of the classic Escort RS2000, and matching side livery.

The Fiesta ST500's features include 17in 11-spoke black alloys, red brake callipers and carbon fibre pattern interior trim. The interior also features a Sony audio system and ebony leather heated seats.