When the Ford Focus RS launched last February, Ford made quite clear that there was no intention of releasing a Ford Fiesta RS. Little did we know that Ford was actually making plans to release the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 in limited quantities.
Now an RS and an ST model are not the same thing. Whereas the RS is a true racing version of a regular model, the ST is “just” a high performance version. Ford stated that the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 has a 10% higher output than the regular Fiesta ST from 2013. Besides that, it will also have features no other Ford vehicle sports. When comparing the ST200 to the exterior and engine of the 2017 Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition hatchback the ST200 wins in all segments.
Since the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 is now on the market it’s a good time to discuss it in a review. An extensive comparison of the Fiesta ST200 and the regular Fiesta follows in the upcoming review.
Except for some detailing, the Ford Fiesta ST200 is exactly the same in terms of exterior design. A special addition is a dark chrome finish, only available on the ST200. The grille, air vents, 17 inch rims, mirror arms and air dam louvers all have a dark “Storm Grey” finish. The choice for a darker finish instead of a lighter one is typical. The ST200 is a tough car with peaking performance over the regular Fiesta, so a dark, aggressive look definitely suits this type of car.
The other typically ST200 details are red braking calipers (visible through the wheels) and the ST200 badge on the rear of the car. Finally, the ST200 has a lower stance due to tweaked suspension dampers and springs in all the corners of the car. The Fiesta ST200 is actually 15 mm lower than the regular Fiesta ST.
In the interior, more Fiesta ST details return. The Recaro seats from the 2013 ST are present here too, although they are wrapped with Charcoal coloured leather and sport silver stitching. More silver detailing can be found on the seat belts and an illuminating patch is found in the door’s threshold.
Furthermore, the door panel had some small redesigns. The door handle is now positioned in the middle of the arm rest instead of on the front side. The mirror controls have been repositioned to the front instead of in the middle.
The rotary knob for infotainment control has been enlarged and there is now an ST200 badge on the centre console.
The engine of the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 is a 1.6 liter EcoBoost, four cylinder. It pumps out 197 horsepower, which is 17 more than the 2013 ST. An additional feature of this engine is the transient overboost. This means the engine can pump out an extra 15 hp for 15 extra seconds. An especially convenient feature when, for example, you got yourself into a heated traffic light competition.
The 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 comes with improved torque vectoring control and three mode electronic stability control. To help the car get the sharpest curves a modified front steering knuckle and an adapted rear twist beam have been added. As a result, the car can turn quicker, more sharply and has less body roll. Finally, Ford enhanced the braking system for coming to a halt quicker.
The standard ST safety and tech features are present on the Fiesta ST200 as well.
Price, release and sale date
Unfortunately, the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 is only available in Europe and only in limited quantities. It is available for pricing and test drives at your local dealership, but be quick before it runs out. Don’t forget there already were 3000 pre-orders before it went on sale this summer.
If you are looking for a decent Ford-produced alternative for the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200, then have a look at the preview of the exterior, engine and tech specs for the 2018 Ford Focus!
Finally, U.S. citizens who like this car should check the 2017 Volkswagen Polo GTi hot hatchback engine, interior and tech preview, a great alternative to the ST200.
Prices for the Fiesta ST200 start at €25,000 in Germany.