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.
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.