The doors of the Geneva Motor Show will be officially flung open tomorrow, but before that takes place, one more tempting morsel has snuck out early.
This time around it’s the Ford Fiesta ST200, an even more serious version of the already scorching Fiesta ST, boasting 10 percent more power and 20 percent more torque.
That means a new peak power figure of 147kW and max torque of 290Nm, but that’s not all, thanks to a transient overboost function that can deliver a further 11kW and 30Nm for 20 seconds at a time.
While Ford Australia recently announced the availability of Mountune performance upgrades capable of pushing the Fiesta to 162kW and 320Nm, the ST200 goes even further.
As well as the added power and torque, the ST200 includes a shorter 4.06 final drive ratio instead of the regular 3.82 of the standard Fiesta ST, plus enhanced torque vectoring control, and a specially modified steering knuckle.
The rear twist-beam suspension has been brushed up with increased roll stiffness, plus front and rear springs and damper have been fettled, while the ST200’s centre of gravity has been lowered by an impressive 15mm.
A sharper steering ratio and shortened steering arm, plus enhanced brake system with a larger tandem brake master cylinder and larger rear disc brakes complete the picture.
To go with the sharper handling, the ST200 boasts a 0-100 km/h time of 6.7 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the regular ST.
Visually the ST200 gains a unique storm grey exterior, matte black alloy wheels with a machined face, and ST200 detailing in the interior.
The ST200 could also put an end to rumours Ford has been working on an even more bonkers Fiesta RS, however, given the comprehensive list of changes to the Fiesta ST200, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine an even more powerful Fiesta riding on the fettled ST200 chassis.
At this point the Fiesta ST200 looks to be a Europe-only special, with no word yet as to international availability for markets like Australia.
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