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Ford has given the Fiesta ST a special edition make-over that features greater visual appeal, matched to an even more thrilling driving experience. This model is limited to a total of 160 units for South Africa.

Under the bonnet of the Fiesta ST200 resides a 1.6-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine that boosts the peak power of the ST (134 kW) to 149 kW (or 200hp – hence the ST200 designation). Maximum torque jumps from the standard car’s 240 Nm to 290 Nm. A further 11 kW and 30 Nm are available for up to 20 seconds using the engine’s transient overboost.

The ST’s quick-shifting six-speed manual transmission receives a shorter final drive ratio (reduced from 3.82 to 4.06) for improved drivability in the ST200, enabling the ST200 to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 6.7 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 230 km/h.

Additional improvements includes the suspension which sports a rear twistbeam with 27% more roll stiffness, plus an increase in diameter from 19 to 21 mm for the front anti-roll bar and new damper specifications for better impact absorption.

Ford has also revised the settings of the Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) to improve cornering feedback and control. As with the standard model, the Fiesta ST200 is equipped with ABS, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and enhanced Torque Vectoring Control to ensure efficient power delivery to the front wheels, even under the most demanding driving conditions.

Exterior

Enhancements to the exterior include a unique ‘Storm Grey’ metallic colour that have been introduced exclusively for the ST200 (and is the only colour available to ST200 buyers).

Additionally, unique matt black 17″ five-spoke alloy wheels is included that frame red front and rear brake callipers for an even racier character.

Rear LED tail lamps and exclusive ST200 exterior and interior badging provide further clues as to this special Fiesta’s rare pedigree.

Interior

The Fiesta ST200’s sporting demeanour is emphatically reinforced in the cabin too, featuring premium Recaro heated sport seats with partial leather to provide optimal support when exploiting this ultimate Fiesta’s cornering prowess.

This is complemented by dual-tone seatbelts, illuminated scuff plates and privacy glass for the rear windows. Reverse parking sensors with an integrated reverse camera are also included in the high-level of specification for added driving convenience.

All of the standard Fiesta ST’s features remain part of the package, including SYNC with Bluetooth and Voice Control, Ford MyKey, remote central locking with keyless entry and start, climate control, as well as seven airbags including a driver’s knee airbag.

Pricing

The exclusive, limited edition Ford Fiesta ST200 carries a recommended retail price of R339 900 (including VAT).

This includes the standard Ford Protect four year or 120 000 km comprehensive warranty, four year or 60 000 km service plan, five year unlimited distance corrosion warranty, and three year unlimited distance Ford Roadside Assistance. Service intervals are every 15 000 km.

In other motoring related news, Renault recently launched its fourth-generation Clio RS.