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TMR Team | Jul, 01 2013 | 4 Comments

Ford has confirmed its new Fiesta ST hot hatch will get an Australian debut in September, taking on the best of the light hot-hatch market.

Arriving in three-door form, the ST will join the facelifted Fiesta range, due to launch at the same time.

Power in the Fiesta ST is provided by Ford's 1.6 litre turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder petrol engine, delivering 134kW and 240Nm. With the 'Overboost' function in play, that climbs to 147kW and 290Nm.

Matched with a six-speed manual transmission, Ford says the ST will hit 100km/h in 'less than seven seconds'. Fuel use is listed at 6.2 l/100km.

The ST is 15mm lower than the standard Fiesta and features the trick Torque Vectoring system (as seen on the Focus) and three electronic stability modes.

On the styling front, the ST borrows much of its concept forebear's features, separating it from the regular Fiesta with deeper front and rear bumpers, skirts, dinky roof spoiler and a diffuser.

The interior will have a set of Recaros crammed in with the requisite leather sports wheel and ST-exclusive trim.

In Australia, the Fiesta ST will face off against the likes of Volkswagen's Polo GTI and - when it gets here later this year or early in 2014 - the new Clio RS.

Of course, buyers that prefer to 'row their own' gears may lean to the Fiesta ST, or Peugeot's new 208 GTI (due in August), or the ageing but competent Opel Corsa OPC - among others.

Watch for TMR's launch review late next month.

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