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A new Ford performance road car is born, the Fiesta ST. Due to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next week, the new Fiesta ST is a hot hatch for drivers looking for distinctive styling and great performance.

Fiesta ST will be the first of Ford’s ‘Sports Technologies’ models to carry a new ST badge, without the use of numbers. The generic branding will be adopted by all new ST models introduced from now on.

The spirited new Fiesta ST features a responsive, 150-PS, 2.0-litre Duratec ST engine and performance chassis tuning designed to give small-car drivers something to smile about.

Its unique design elements include new front and rear bumpers, new side and rocker mouldings and colour-keyed details such as body colour door handles, rub strips, exterior mirror caps and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, racing style seats embroidered in black leather with bold red cloth centre sections and the distinctive new ST logo hug the driver and passenger. A leather steering wheel features a bright steering wheel spoke, while metal pedals help to communicate Fiesta ST’s powerful brakes and responsive throttle. Added brightwork on the handbrake and door pull handles also distinguishes the interior performance look.

"More than 34,000 XR2i's were bought by Britain's hot hatch fans. The new Fiesta ST puts Ford back into the heartland of small-car performance in a great-to-drive package that’s accessible for driving enthusiasts to own and insure," said Paul Thomas, managing director, Ford of Britain. "The latest generation Fiesta is solid as a rock. It was the ideal basis for a performance derivative," said Thomas.



 

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Looks nice, but would be better with the 170 engine! Apart from being faster than the Focus ST170, why wouldn't they use it?
 

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Would be good if they bring it to Australia for a decent price like the rest of the Fiesta range.

I would say the only reason why its only 150 and not the 170 is so it doesnt have the same power as the ST Focus. Shouldnt be too hard to make some of that back though with a decent exhaust etc.
 

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what type of premium are they charging for this car over, say, a zetec model? Would be a hoot i reckon!
 

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Blast From The Past As XR2 Returns

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by Craig Cheetham

It's time to dust off your baseball cap and dig out those old Duran Duran albums - the XR2 is back! Even Ford admits that the new Fiesta ST owes its existence to the Eighties hot hatch favourite, beloved of boy racers for nearly a quarter of a century.

The latest version debuts at next week's Geneva Motor Show, and will be at dealers by the end of the year. Blue oval bosses expect the cars to disappear so quickly they'll leave tyre marks!

The newcomer will be the first car to be badged simply 'ST'. Early indications were that Ford would call the hot Fiesta the ST150, in line with the ST170 and ST220 performance versions of the Focus and Mondeo. But the decision was taken to drop the numbers from the name to avoid confusion - and it suggests the hot hatch will be available with more than one power output.

At launch, however, the car will have the 150bhp 2.0-litre engine originally predicted. The Duratec unit is based on that of the Focus ST170, but has been detuned slightly to reduce torque steer in the lighter Fiesta bodyshell. Official performance figures will be revealed closer to the car's on-sale date, expected in October, but sources suggest the ST will accelerate from 0-60mph in less than eight seconds and have a top speed of near 130mph.

Ford insiders say the handling set-up is still being finalised, but the firm's testers have been using a Focus RS as a benchmark when driving the car at the Lommel proving ground in Belgium. Thanks to its agile chassis, the Fiesta's lap times are said to be nearly on a par with those of the rally-bred Focus, so it should deliver real on-road thrills.

Externally, the ST can be distinguished from lesser Fiestas thanks to its wide mesh grille, integrated foglamps, chunky bumpers and discreet side skirts. Smart 17-inch 11-spoke alloys will be fitted as standard, while a small roof spoiler completes the package.

The car takes its styling partially from the Fiesta Rallye concept unveiled at the 2002 British Motor Show. A competition-ready version of the Junior World Rally Championship model will share stand space alongside the ST in Geneva.

Inside, the newcomer boasts half-leather sports seats embroidered with ST logos, a leather-bound steering wheel and metal foot pedals, along with aluminium-effect finishing on the door handles and gearknob.

Derrick Kuzak, Ford of Europe's vice president for product development, told us: "The ST puts us back into the heartland of small car performance, in a great-to-drive package that's accessible to younger enthusiasts." That means he's hoping it will attract buyers who might otherwise consider a Renaultsport Clio 182 or Peugeot 206 GTi. Although prices have yet to be revealed, our sources have hinted that the Fiesta ST will cost around £13,000 when it goes on sale.

Meanwhile, Ford has said that it's making all of its diesel engines compliant with Euro IV emissions rules. Cleaner versions of the Fusion TDCi and C-MAX TDCi will be introduced later in the year, while the units fitted to oil-burning Fiestas and Mondeos are already built in line with the stricter regulations, to which all makers must adhere by 2006.
 

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That would be one sweet little car, but I could imagine Ford over pricing it when/if it lands here.
 
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