The ST200's upgrades are healthy improvements over the current Fiesta ST in Europe, which makes 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque (197 hp and 214 lb-ft during overboost). They would even be welcome additions in the US because the version here already has 197 hp, but it has 202 lb-ft – 12 lb-ft less than the new variant.
The extra power lets the hotter hatch sprint to 62 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph. In comparison, the current Fiesta ST in Europe takes 6.9 seconds to get to 62 and tops out at 139 mph.
The ST200's appearance remains subdued, despite the extra performance. The exterior is available in a bland exclusive color called Storm Grey, and it rides on 17-inch matte black wheels with machined details. Red brake calipers provide a pop of color. Inside, front passengers sit in partial-leather Recaro sport seats with contrasting silver stitching.
ST200 production starts in June, but North American customers shouldn't get excited about the updates. Ford spokesperson Aaron Miller told Autoblog that the hotter Fiesta ST wouldn't arrive here "for the foreseeable future. This is a European specific vehicle."
• Ford unveils new 200 PS Fiesta ST200 version of acclaimed Fiesta ST hot hatch delivering 10 per cent more power and 20 per cent more torque for 6.7 second 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration and even better in-gear performance
• Most powerful production Fiesta ever also features exclusive specification with unique Storm Grey exterior, machined matt black alloy wheels and special interior detailing
• New Ford Kuga makes European motor show debut in Geneva; offers ergonomic interior with SYNC 3 connectivity, bold and sporty exterior and fuel-efficient new 120 PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine
• All-new Ford GT road- and race-cars are displayed side-by-side for the first time in Europe
COLOGNE, Germany, Feb. 29, 2016 – The acclaimed Ford Fiesta ST compact hot hatch is about to get even hotter.
Ford will today reveal ahead of the Geneva Motor Show a new Ford Fiesta ST200 model that delivers 10 per cent more power and 20 per cent more torque, with 200 PS and 290 Nm from a specially calibrated 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.
The most powerful production Fiesta ever, the Fiesta ST200 will sprint from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.7 seconds, and will feature an exclusive specification including unique Storm Grey exterior, distinctive machined matt black alloy wheels and special interior detailing.
Production of the Fiesta ST200 begins in June with first deliveries to customers expected soon after.
"The Fiesta ST is truly beloved by owners and critics. The ST200 takes this special drivers' car to a new level of power and performance," said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. "I think it's a future classic in the making."
Also on display in Geneva will be the new Ford Kuga – making its European motor show debut – and road- and race-car versions of the Ford GT ultra-high-performance supercar side-by-side in Europe for the first time.
Fiesta ST 200
In addition to the exclusive exterior colour and 17-inch alloy wheel specification, Fiesta ST200 models also will feature red painted brake callipers and an enhanced interior with unique partial leather Charcoal Recaro front seats and contrasting silver stitching, alongside illuminated scuff plates and seatbelts with silver detailing.
The Fiesta ST200's 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine can deliver an additional 15 PS and 30 Nm of torque for up to 20 seconds using transient overboost. A 4.06 ratio final drive – shortened from 3.82 in the Fiesta ST – further enhances in-gear acceleration for improved drivability and an even more fun to drive experience. Top speed is 230 km/h (143 mph).
Like the Fiesta ST, the ST200 delivers optimised cornering and agility using:
• Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control and 3-mode Electronic Stability Control
• A specially modified front steering knuckle
• An adapted rear twist-beam with increased roll-stiffness
• Unique front and rear spring and damper settings with a 15 mm lower centre of gravity
• Sharper 13.69:1 steering ratio and shortened steering arm
• Enhanced braking system with a larger tandem brake master cylinder and rear disc brakes
The Fiesta ST launched in 2013, delivering 182 PS and 240 Nm of torque from a 1.6 litre EcoBoost engine and 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration in 6.9 seconds – quickly establishing itself as the Europe's leading compact performance hatchback and earning more than 20 awards around the world within its first year on sale. Ford has since sold 30,000 Fiesta STs in Europe.
New Kuga delivers SYNC 3
The new Ford Kuga is displayed in Geneva after showcasing Ford's new SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system for the first time in Europe at the Mobile World Congress communications conference in Barcelona.
SYNC 3 offers a more intuitive and simpler to use experience for drivers, with faster performance and more conversational voice commands. Kuga drivers also can operate SYNC 3's 8-inch touchscreen with pinch and swipe gestures. iPhone users can activate Apple CarPlay, and Android™ users can activate Android Auto™, two interfaces built specifically for those types of smartphones.
The new Kuga is designed to make driving simpler, safer, more enjoyable and more affordable using innovative Ford driver assistance technologies, an ergonomic and comfortable interior and fuel-efficient powertrains – including a new 120 PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel targeting a 5 per cent fuel efficiency improvement compared with the outgoing 120 PS 2.0-litre TDCi. The new Kuga also features a bold and sporty new exterior.
Road- and race-car Ford GTs side-by-side
Ford earlier this month confirmed that four Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs – two competing in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and two in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – will race for GTE Pro class glory at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race on June 18-19.
Ford is returning to Le Mans 50 years after achieving a legendary 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 race with the original Ford GT40 race-car. The four cars will carry race numbers 66, 67, 68 and 69 in a nod to Ford's four successive Le Mans victories between 1966 and 1969.
Accompanying the race- and road-car Ford GTs in Geneva will be four Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Le Mans drivers; Stefan Muecke, Olivier Pla and Andy Priaulx from the WEC; and Dirk Mueller from the IMSA championship.
The pinnacle of the Ford Performance line-up, the all-new Ford GT serves as a technology showcase for EcoBoost performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fibre construction.
The Ford GT will be one of the most exclusive Ford vehicles ever with limited volume sold around the world and production for customers in Europe starting late this year.
"Whether it's the new Fiesta ST200, or our game-changing all-new Focus RS, or the groundbreaking Ford GT supercar, our Ford Performance offering has never been so strong," said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development. "Ford's EcoBoost engine technology has enabled a Ford Performance model to suit every budget and lifestyle."
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