• Feb 24, 2011
Another day, another hot-hatch that the United Kingdom can enjoy while thumbing their nose at our relative lack of hot-hatchitude here in the States. Ford has just announced another limited-edition run of Fiesta S1600 hatchbacks.

In 2010, Ford released a 650-car run of 118-horsepower Fiesta S1600 three-doors. A new version for 2011 uses the same engine but ups the power ante to 132 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 118 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm.

On the outside, the Ford Fiesta S1600 receives a lower front valence, larger side sills, a rear spoiler, rear diffuser and white 17-inch alloy wheels. The car is available in Frozen White or Performance Blue and both color choices get a pair of contrasting center stripes. The S1600 gets upgraded parts on the interior as well. Leather lines the heated sports seats, handbrake cover, gear level and steering wheel.

The Ford Fiesta S1600 will be limited to just 500 units and wears a price tag of £15,895, or nearly $26,000 USD. It doesn't matter how much it costs in U.S. Dollars though because we can't buy it here. That said, feel free to read all about what you'll likely be missing in the press release after the break.

[Source: Ford]
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LIMITED EDITION FORD FIESTA S1600 GETS HOTTER

BRENTWOOD, Essex, 22 February, 2011 – Ford's famed hot-hatch history is set to grow this month with the arrival of a new, more powerful evolution of the Ford Fiesta S1600.

Priced from £15,895 on the road, and limited to just 500 examples, the latest Ford Fiesta S1600 boasts 134PS at 6,700rpm and 160Nm of torque at 4,250rpm from its 1.6-litre, Duratec Ti-VCT petrol engine, and can reach 60mph in just 8.2sec – an improvement of 1.7sec.

Based on the popular three-door 120PS Ford Fiesta Zetec-S, the 120mph Fiesta S1600 marks its sporting pedigree with a body styling kit that includes a unique front bumper with flared lower valence panel, extended side skirts, large rear spoiler and rear diffuser, and with 17in white alloy wheels. Frozen White or Performance Blue liveries are available, with contrasting motorsport stripes.

The interior also receives a comprehensive upgrade, including heated, stitched leather sports seats with standard side-airbags, leather steering wheel, handbrake cover and gear-knob, plus motorsport-branded floor mats and scuff plates.

The Ford Fiesta S1600 continues a 30-year sporting bloodline that began with the Fiesta XR2 in 1981 and has included Supersport, XR2i, Si, RS and ST models.

Andrew Paton, Ford of Britain's Fiesta product manager, said: "The sportier character of these limited-edition Fiesta S1600 models will appeal to all driving enthusiasts. The previous S1600 was rapidly sold out which shows how much fun these affordable new Fiesta models are – and now with more power and performance these latest versions are set to be an even greater hit."


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      • 3 Years Ago
      132 hp in a 2500 lb car is worthwhile .
      The stateside Fiesta is a good car , don't care for the gearing of the automatic , geared to max mpg not enhance performance . Its only flaw in my eyes .
      It handles better than you think , it also is a better highway car than you think ,( gearing )
      Its quiet inside alot more than you think as well .

      In 07 of the subcompacts the Fit was referred to constantly as the one most like a sportscar . guess what , the Feista handles better than the Fit
      I'm really looking forward to the d.i. version .
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think calling this car at 132hp a "hot hatch" is a bit of an overstatement.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having driven the Focus on the highway, it is very quiet and it is super smooth at 75-80mph, don't even know you are going that fast!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Probably be a lot of fun on a go-kart track, on a major hwy, not so much.
        • 3 Years Ago
        onwayroll, Road rage....the car is GREAT on the freeway.....I have ZERO complaints....
        • 3 Years Ago
        There's nothing wrong w/ the Fiesta on the highway. It's a solid little car and the engine is more than adequate to pass traffic.

        Heck: I remember driving a Ford Festiva (Mazda121/KiaPride) w/ 63 hp years ago. That was a fun car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Mr.Roadrage
        Chill dude, small engine's on hwy's aren't the most fun. Ok?
        • 3 Years Ago
        And why on earth would it not be good on the highway? Because it's small? Why is it that every time a car smaller than a locomotive is introduced, Americans refer to go-carts and skateboards? Ford really has its work cut out for it if the Fiesta is to be taken seriously in the US. Good luck to them.
        • 3 Years Ago
        mine has the Ford Racing suspension and its absolutely fine, ride is great ( especially compared to my Cooper S ) its quiet, and theres plenty response left at 80mph...and all the time at that speed reading 38 mpgs!...the vehicle is surprizingly apt at long distance hwy trips....
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Chill dude, small engine's on hwy's aren't the most fun. Ok?"

        Tell that to Lotus, Mazda and Mini, they didn't get the Memo.....
      • 3 Years Ago
      I recently test drove a Fiesta and liked it well...however, the interior lighting stinks. Why on erth they stuck with the red/orange is beyond me, you can barely see it in the daytime. Hopefully they will change it to blue like all the rest of the lineup!
      • 3 Years Ago
      As an owner of a Miata, and one who has driven several Fiestas (US and Euro, stick and auto), the Fiesta is MUCH better on the highway due to gearing and quietness. No comparison!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Besides the hot hatches, i am missing the diesels too ... very much so!
      • 3 Years Ago
      132 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 118 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm.

      that's stretching the definition of hot hatch there a little. the focus ST, thats a hot hatch, this is just a tarted up fiesta for chavs
      • 3 Years Ago
      A limited run Fiesta with stripes...?! FINALLY!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where's the ecoboost and manual tranny?
      This doesn't seem all that special.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please Ford, bring a 3-door Fiesta to the states! I don't care if it's a turbo or not, I don't care if it's limited edition or not! All I want is a 3-door Fiesta!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I wish they brought over that European face. Every time I see one here in the US it just looks kind of dopey to me, knowing how the Euro version looks so aggressive.
        alexacoon
        • 3 Years Ago
        It doesn't look like a 3 door will ever happen, heck they wanted to make the Toyota/Scion IQ a four door. You wonder why Americans don't like small cars, most are saddled with tiny trunks and now you cant get one without doors so small you can barely get out if your near or over six feet tall.
        I'm looking to try out a 500, I only hope it has enough leg room, I have no need of the rear seat.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like these little cars. I've seen a couple of Fiestas on the streets and they are sharp looking bread-box-autos. So even though the minor boost in power is nothing to scream about, it's still one of the nicest tiny cars out there.
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