Ford Fiesta ST to go on sale in Australia from September 2013

Ford Australia has confirmed that the Fiesta ST hot hatch will go on sale locally from September 2013 at the same time as the rest of the facelifted Fiesta range. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, though.

The Fiesta ST is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine spitting out a maximum, on overboost, of 147kW of power and 290Nm of torque to the front wheels; in more sedate driving output is capped at 134kW of power and 240Nm of torque. In official testing the new Fiesta ST drinks 6.2L/100km and emits 145g/km of CO2.

Like its bigger brother, the Focus ST, the Fiesta ST can only be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. This will, no doubt, boost its street cred, but probably to the detriment of sales. To help ensure the car goes where you’re steering it, the ST is equipped with enhanced torque vectoring control (eTVC) and a 3-mode stability control system (on, off or off except for emergency situations), although there’s no limited slipped diff (LSD) on offer.

In addition to a large gasping fish grille, the Fiesta ST is distinguished by 17-inch alloy wheels, Recaro sports bucket seats up front, a “sound symposer” which channels the engine orchestra into the cabin, 15mm lower suspension, faster electronic power steering system and, crucially, rear disc brakes.

The tech package includes Sync, allowing the driver to control connected phones and media players via voice command, and emergency contact assistance that automatically dials emergency services should an accident occur.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]