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Geneva Motor Show 2012: Ford Fiesta ST

Return of the Fiesta hot hatch...

After months of anticipation, Ford has finally unveiled the Fiesta ST.

As preview by the concept shown last year, the production model has an aggressive body kit with new bumpers, a trapezoidal grille, a rear diffuser and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. They take the already good looks of the Fiesta to a new level, with some much needed sportiness and style. The headlights are mostly new but show a more abrupt inside corner where they meet the new grille. These are expected to carry over to other models in the Fiesta range. There are a set of new 17" alloy wheels to compliment the bodykit.

Inside, the cabin features Recaro sport seats, faux carbon fibre trim and alloy pedals. There's also a sport steering wheel, a SYNC infotainment system and a "sound symposer" which "filters the most attractive engine noises from under the bonnet."

Power comes from a 1.6-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine which has been specifically tuned for maximum performance. It produces 176bhp and 177 lb/ft of torque. This enables the hot hatchback to accelerate from 0-62 mph in less than seven seconds and hit a top speed of 137 mph.

The model also has an electric power steering system and a revised suspension with new front knuckles and unique springs / dampers. There is a 15mm reduced ride height which gives the great sporty handling fast Fords are well known for.

Other highlights include an upgraded braking system, enhanced torque vectoring control and a three-stage electronic stability control system. The company was vague on launch details, but said the model would begin arriving in Europe in 2013. We can expect it to compete with the Renaultsport Clio 200 on price, which puts it at around £17,000.

Images courtesy of Ford

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more