• Apr 26th 2010 at 7:31PM
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Ford Fiesta S1600 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Having driven the 2011 Ford Fiesta on more than one occasion, if there's anything it doesn't lack, it's flash. However, Ford's UK arm saw fit to imbue the standard three-door model (which we won't get a crack at in the States) with a new body kit, 17-inch matching white wheels and contrasting stripes. Combined with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, new handbrake cover, gear knob and "Motorsport-branded" floor mats, it all adds up to create the Fiesta S1600. What? You were expecting the ST already?

Although the 1.6-liter four-pot remains the same, as we noted in today's First Drive, the Fiesta could use a bit more oomph in the horsepower department, and to that end, UK consumers can order their S1600 with the Ford-approved Mountune engine upgrade which boosts output another 20 hp, dropping the Fiesta's 0-60 mph time by two seconds.

Ford's limiting the S1600 to 650 examples, available now from dealers for £16,645. Or, you can just wait for the ST to really exploit the Fiesta's exceptionally competent chassis and suspension. Make the jump for the details.

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BRENTWOOD, Essex, 26 April, 2010 – The thoroughbred lineage of fast Fords has a new addition to the family, in the eye-catching new Fiesta S1600.

Based on the popular Fiesta Zetec-S – with a generous standard specification that includes alloy pedals and Quickclear windscreen – the sporty Fiesta S1600 interior adds heated, stitched leather sports seats with standard side-airbags, leather steering wheel, handbrake cover and gearknob, plus Motorsport-branded floor mats and scuff plates.

On the outside, the sporting pedigree is made clear, through a comprehensive body-styling kit that includes a unique front bumper with flared lower valence panel, extended side skirts, large rear spoiler and rear diffuser, finished with 17-in, white alloy wheels (16-in on diesel models). The newcomer's special paint finish is available in Frozen White or Performance Blue, with contrasting motorsport stripes.

Performance comes from Fiesta's responsive 1.6-litre, 120PS Duratec Ti-VCT petrol engine, now with 120PS. For performance enthusiasts, a further engine upgrade package will be offered via Ford's established performance tuning partner, Mountune.

Fiesta S1600 continues a 30-year sporting Fiesta bloodline that began with the Mk1 XR2 in 1981 and has included Supersport, XR2(i), Si, RS and ST models.

Gill Palmer, Ford of Britain's Fiesta Product Manager, said: "Since its introduction, Fiesta and sporting pedigree have never been far apart and the latest incarnation of that is S1600, bringing extra motorsport feel to the award-winning Fiesta style and driving quality."

Fast Ford fans are encouraged to act quickly, with only 650 of these special faster Fiestas being created. They are available now from Ford dealers, priced from £16,645 on-the-road.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Does any one know if the mountune 140hp kit can be imported to the US?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those white wheels are fugly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's it like being wrong?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those white wheels will look great on my SVT Focus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        People say I usually am wrong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The body kit is pretty awful. But the rest looks good, even the body-colored wheels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The wheels do look good. I wonder if the US version will have the same bolt pattern as the Focus? Because if so, at one point you could buy 17" white rally wheels (15 thin spokes) for the Focus, and they would look pretty killer on the new Fiesta.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Once things start rolling here (pun intended) BAT Ltd. in Sarasota would more than likely be a source for Euro Fiesta parts, they still support Merkurs and other Ford Orphans as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stupid move on Ford's part not bringing the 3 door into the USA...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sadly this tarted up Fiesta is better looking than what we'll be getting here in the US
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreeing with Mehdi Cheddadi! I like this 3-dr hatch. ...the REAL fog-lamps too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm going to say something crazy....

        I like the NA a little better, it hides the plastic bar in the grille better. If we had the projector headlamps I would be going crazy over it.

        As for the fog lights, most people in cars don't use them as they should. And from firs hand experience in a new Taurus, those LED strips are plenty bright.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Bill: Don't make assumptions because your last one was way off. The no three door option made me go from 100% going to buy to replace my Focus ZX3 to completely uninterested. Keep telling yourself what you want though... It's clear that you are just as content with doing so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep, no 3-door was a mistake, imo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gearhead18 we're in the minority, but I agree with you.

        All of the AB commentariate's whining about the looks of the NA car are expecting way too much out of an entry-level car. 3-doors or 5-doors, and even if we had an imported Euro version here (price at 25K+) it all doesn't matter because non of them would buy it anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the black one with blue bits looks just awesome, and it is US-spec
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's what Ford needs, more Ford GT wannabe chavs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ geo.stewart,

        • 5 Years Ago
        Left hand drive loses the appeal. Not what I was talking about though, UK has a massive horrid culture of crap cars such as Fords with stupid mods and inflated sense of pride and show off-ness in teens thinking they drive a "sports" car and hence have the right to not only act stupidly but drive as such too.

        EXACTLY, like this: http://www.maxpower.co.uk/article.asp?asset=11692&p=1
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is an odd decision, considering how well the Hyundai Accent hatch has done (IIRC) in the U.S. as of late. The previous Accent 3-door sold like hotcakes, too. That they are/were cheaper than the sedan doesn't hurt.

        Factor in cars like the MINI and GTI, and it's clear Americans will happily buy 3-doors as long as they're stylish, which the Fiesta is.
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