Ford’s latest version of its pocket rocket Fiesta ST will come with a mechanical limited-slip differential and force vectoring springs for the first time.
The American manufacturer confirmed that the hot hatchback will also be available with launch control, selectable drive modes and cylinder deactivation – which will improve fuel economy by 11 per cent over the previous generation.
Working alongside the ST’s torque vectoring control – which helps to reduce understeer by applying the brakes while cornering – the optional Quaife limited slip-differential would improve cornering ability by diverting the power to the front wheel with more grip, ensuring a crisper turn-in.
A launch control system is also optional, and when on-track the system optimises the best settings for the ESC, traction control, torque vectoring and torque steer compensation to ensure the best standing start possible.Save money on a new Ford today
Ford also confirmed that the 1.5-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine will employ cylinder deactivation technology, which will help improve efficiency over the previous generation ST200.
Available in three trim levels, the Fiesta ST comes in both three- and five-door configurations with a multitude of exterior colour choices and interior equipment options.
European Ford Performance director Leo Roeks said: “Hot-hatch drivers are expecting big things from this small car.
“We’ve applied what we’ve learned from recent Ford Performance models including the Focus RS and Ford GT to develop an all-new Fiesta ST that sets a new standard for driving fun in its segment, with a throaty three-cylinder soundtrack that will speak to petrol-heads whatever their language.”
The Fiesta ST is expected to start from £19,000 and will go on sale this summer.