Is A 200-HP Fiesta ST A Good Alternative To A Fiesta RS?


More power is always nice.

After Ford created the incredible Ford Focus RS, the world questioned whether the automaker would make an even hotter version of the smaller, more nimbler Fiesta ST. After numerous reports indicating that Ford has no interest in doing so, it looks like the automaker has created a hotter version of the Fiesta ST sans RS badge. The Fiesta ST200 is Ford’s answer to all of the enthusiasts who have been calling for a Fiesta RS. The hot hatch will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, but enthusiasts in the US shouldn’t get too excited.

Upgrades have been made to the Fiesta ST’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine to now make 197 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. When the temporary overboost kicks in, however, is when the real magic happens with the hatchback making 212 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The automaker has also shortened final drive ratio to 4.06 from 3.82 that the regular Fiesta ST has. The shortened final drive ratio and increased power give the Fiesta ST200 the ability to get to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds and increases the car’s top speed to 143 mph. These are healthy upgrades for the Fiesta ST in Europe, since the hot hatch only makes 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque there.

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The Fiesta ST200’s exterior remains the same, despite the extra performance. The hot hatch can be finished in an exclusive color referred to as Storm Grey and it features 17-inch matte black wheels with machined details. A set of red brake calipers help the exterior color of the hatchback pop. On the inside, the Fiesta ST200 gets partial-leather Recaro sport seats with contrasting silver stitching. Production for the Fiesta ST200 will start in June, but enthusiasts in North American shouldn’t get excited as this hot hatch is only for Europe.