Ford launched its hot little Fiesta flagship, the ST, at Red Star Raceway in Mpumalanga this week just two months after its home market debut in Europe.
The use of the twisty, bike-oriented track for a car launch was a first, but it certainly showed off the ST’s formidable mid-range punch to good effect.
The ST’s 1,6-litre Ecoboost engine, paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox, develops 134 kW at 5 750 r/min and 240 N.m at 1 600 to 5 000 r/min. A 20-second overboost is available, pushing torque to 290 N.m. Claimed performance:
- 0-100 km/h 6,9 seconds
- Top speed of 220 km/h
- Fuel consumption of 5,9 litres/100 km on the combined cycle
- CO2 emissions of 138 g/km
Price: R245 500.