Consider the following figures: 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque. That's how much our version of the Fiesta ST makes all the time, but the European model only makes that on overboost for short spurts. The rest of the time it's dumbed down to "only" 180 hp and 177 lb-ft. The ST200 changes that by increasing the usual output to the same 197 hp but a more potent 214 lb-ft, and ups the overboost to 212 hp and 236 lb-ft.
To go with the extra oomph, Ford of Europe has fitted the ST200 with new 17-inch alloys, red brake calipers, Recaro buckets, and a shorter final-drive ratio. The sum total is a 0-62 time of 6.7 seconds, down from 6.9.
"The ST200 takes this special drivers' car to a new level of power and performance," said Joe Bakaj, Ford's European product chief. "I think it's a future classic in the making." Unfortunately, we're told that there are no plans at present to bring the Fiesta ST200 to North America. That familiar sensation is that old forbidden-fruit jealousy kicking in again like a turbo coming on full boost.