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Fiesta ST teaser for the UK…

April 27, 2010

Although Ford doesn’t like to admit it, there is surely an ST variant in development of the acclaimed model in the newly conjoined SVT/RS performance Ford skunkworks. But in the meantime, Ford has unveiled a limited edition model (read teaser) in the UK – and it’s called the S1600…

Externally, there is a body-coloured bodykit off of the Fiesta Zetec. There are also contrasting-coloured overhead and side stripes that make the S1600 look like the ST it isn’t. White 17″ alloys & powder-coated accents add to the racy theme of the S1600.

Interior-wise, there are minimal changes to add to the experience of the sporty Fiesta. A new leather-clad steering wheel, new handbrake cover, gear knob and “Motorsport-branded” floor mats make the interior of the Zetec-based model a cut above the rest of the hot… er… warm hatch segment.

Mechanically, there is no differences between the S1600 and the Zetec, so that means a zippy 120hp (88kW) 1.6 litre 4 cylinder engine mated to a short ratio 5 speed manual transmission – which is a pretty neat package when combined with the acclaimed chassis and suspension of the Mk 7 Fiesta.

Want more poke from your S1600? Then there is a Ford-approved engine kit from renowned Ford modifiers Mountune that extracts an extra 20hp (15kW) from the 1.6 litre motor – eradicating two whole seconds from its 0-100km/h time (7.3 secs).

So if you are in the UK and are interested in  one – hurry to your local Ford dealer with £17k ($28,000 AUD) – because there are only 650 of these beauties being made…

There are no interior pictures as of yet, but stay tuned…

PRESS RELEASE

NEW FORD STAR WITH STRIPES – FASTER FIESTA CONTINUES PROUD HERITAGE

BRENTWOOD, Essex, 26 April, 2010 – The thoroughbred lineage of fast Fords has a new addition to the family, in the eye-catching new Fiesta S1600.

Based on the popular Fiesta Zetec-S – with a generous standard specification that includes alloy pedals and Quickclear windscreen – the sporty Fiesta S1600 interior adds heated, stitched leather sports seats with standard side-airbags, leather steering wheel, handbrake cover and gearknob, plus Motorsport-branded floor mats and scuff plates.

On the outside, the sporting pedigree is made clear, through a comprehensive body-styling kit that includes a unique front bumper with flared lower valence panel, extended side skirts, large rear spoiler and rear diffuser, finished with 17-in, white alloy wheels (16-in on diesel models). The newcomer’s special paint finish is available in Frozen White or Performance Blue, with contrasting motorsport stripes.

Performance comes from Fiesta’s responsive 1.6-litre, 120PS Duratec Ti-VCT petrol engine, now with 120PS. For performance enthusiasts, a further engine upgrade package will be offered via Ford’s established performance tuning partner, Mountune.

Fiesta S1600 continues a 30-year sporting Fiesta bloodline that began with the Mk1 XR2 in 1981 and has included Supersport, XR2(i), Si, RS and ST models.

Gill Palmer, Ford of Britain’s Fiesta Product Manager, said: “Since its introduction, Fiesta and sporting pedigree have never been far apart and the latest incarnation of that is S1600, bringing extra motorsport feel to the award-winning Fiesta style and driving quality.”

Fast Ford fans are encouraged to act quickly, with only 650 of these special faster Fiestas being created. They are available now from Ford dealers, priced from £16,645 on-the-road.

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