Ford fans do not have to wait much longer after the new eighth-generation Fiesta high-performance version – the new Ford Fiesta ST has been released, and will go on sale in Europe in early 2018.
It took Ford five years to launch the new ST after the seventh version was launched in 2008. The 2018 Ford Fiesta ST was released in March at the Geneva Motor Show, and in terms of styling, Ford has made changes for the eighth generation. But the big change lies in the cabin, and the new engine under the hood will be interesting.
Engine and Performance
The biggest change in the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST is the transition to a new engine configuration. The new Fiesta ST now uses a downsized three-cylinder turbo motor, Ford claims that it generates more power and more torque. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine is out, replaced with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo.
Ford claims the new Fiesta ST engine produces 197bhp, which is similar to the figure on ‘overboost’. The gain on peak torque is evident, it increases from 240Nm to 290Nm. For performance, the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST claims will hit 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds, about two-tenths of a second faster than the current model and is equivalent to the model ST200. The highest speed has not been revealed, but it is estimated to be around 140mph.
Generally, the downsized engine will be more efficient and cleaner than the current four cylinder. Ford calculates CO2 emissions for this new model will drop from 138g/km to 114g/km, and with on-board cylinder activation technology, fuel economy should be improved.
The 2018 Ford Fiesta ST is still based on the global Ford B-car platform, but above the tweaks received by standard cars to improve the grip, coupled with the new wider track, and the chassis has been further tuned by Ford Performance.
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Design and Technology
At launch, the new 2018 Ford Fiesta ST will be available in both three and five-door body styles. From the design, it looks close to the standard Fiesta on the ST-line trim, but with a front bumper and a slightly more aggressive front blade, a painted rear diffuser, and an exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels. New paint color options are also available, Liquid Blue.
Inside, the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST promises a higher level of personalization than the previous model. Interior styling packages will be available, offering alternate finishing and trims on items around the cockpit. For technology, the new Sync 3 infotainment system comes along with an 8-inch touchscreen display. In harmony with sporty style, the Recaro sport seats with bushy side bolts are available up front, and the flat sports steering wheel makes the cabin feel more vibrant.
Although it has been revealed, Ford will not launch the new Fiesta ST until early 2018. The order book will open at the end of the year, and the price will be expected to rise slightly to around £ 19,000 when it goes on sale.