It’s amazing how Ford has managed to perfect a product as round as the Ford Fiesta ST is “normal” that we tested three years ago. The current Fiesta is about to end its commercial life and does so in a big way, with a limited number able to put the creeps to any passionate of the engine. Are small touch-ups seemingly unimportant separately: a little bit of extra power here, a suspension retouched for further…, but the cocktail of all of the changes insufflated a exciting chute of sportiness to an already interesting Fiesta ST. That’s why this Ford Fiesta has seemed to me… the final.
Outwardly, except for the paint exclusive Storm Grey and the wheels painted in matt black with decoration in silver, there is almost no difference with the Fiesta ST normal. Only the logo ST200 of the gate declaring that we are in a limited series.
In the interior, fortunately the brand has kept all the good of the car, highlighting some gorgeous Recaro seats that help to merge with the car in the stretches of curves, at the same time is filtered just enough to keep the comfort on long trips. Like the exterior, just a couple of logos “ST200” and some decorations extra with respect to the base model, remind us that this is not a ST “normal”.
Due to the bodywork and the interior is virtually identical to the ST that already do know (you can read here the test of the Ford Fiesta ST), I allow myself the luxury of passing it directly to the action. Once the car starts, there are no more equalities…
This car feels like a glove
Adapt to the position of driving-piloting of the car takes a few seconds. The position is excellent: from the firm support for the left foot to the arrangement of the pedals of brushed aluminum, a steering wheel of thickness very successful without forgetting the stunning Recaro seats (I never get tired of naming them). Everything is thought out to the maximum benefit of the driver and if it does, taking into account the bodywork of a utilitarian nor can work miracles and it is impossible to move to the position of driving a Porsche 911 (for example). The feel of the controls is to direct, mechanical, pulling harsh, rugged… I like!
A utilitarian practical for the day-to-day
it Is Friday afternoon and I just pick up the car in the facilities of Ford Spain. I’d like to make four purchases in a nearby shopping center and I turn on the motorway home… if you drive normally, the Fiesta ST200 behaves just like any utility. Push-button start, engine sound nice, a touch of clutch, a little more direct, a suspension digested worse-than-normal speed bumps… nothing out of the ordinary. At least until you stab the foot right in the first embodiment of the dual carriageway and after stretch 3 gears you feel catapulted at speeds illegal, while the “sound friendly” has become a symphonic roar.
Power pouring on the open road
Maybe the Fiesta ST 182CV had its biggest gaps in the dual carriageway and roads of the first order, where the power “pure” commands. This version has 200CV that become 215CV for 20 seconds thanks to the function Overboost, which, together with a box of changes of shorter translates into a few recoveries and overtaking appreciably more agile. The evolution goes beyond the numbers pure, since the maximum power is obtained at a regime of higher and maximum torque to a regime less; that is to say, there are more available power in any situation, in a wider range of revolutions. And this is more note that to speak of a handful of horses.
The car has so much low that you can roll in sixth quietly with a capacity of recovery very interesting. The above-mentioned function “overboost” is an approach to the less curious: it works for 20 seconds, but if you lift your foot from the accelerator, it “resets” the clock and will be available again for another 20 seconds. Bearing in mind that booting from a standing start, in 20 seconds we will have reached approximately 180 km/h, and that in each gear change we will have lifted your foot from the accelerator… I Want to say that, in practice, the overboost works always, never, I have come to notice that “cut”. Imagine for a moment where it could go to stop your card if travelling at 120 km/h on the highway step in to fund without contemplation for 20 seconds and the 215CV are used to fund to push the car… by the way, the maximum speed are 230km/h.
Apart from the tinkering of the engine, here come out of the other with small modifications that Ford has introduced in this little missile: an address with more self-centred (improves stability in straight line at high speed) and a damping theoretically more capable. The result is a higher poise in the fast lanes.
Outstanding in the area of curves
I guess I don’t discover anything new if I tell you that the Fiesta ST200 is found in their favorite habitat with the road full of curves. Here is where you can enjoy time and time again to the court of the addictive sound that comes into the cabin through the Sound Symposer. Where you can enjoy an impressive adjustment to the chassis. Where force supports wild in each curve. Where we will notice as the car gets on three wheels without breaking down the trajectory. Where you confirm the address of 2.3 turns of steering wheel between stops is incredibly direct. Where you’ll be able to take it with the precision of a surgeon or tinker devilishly with his behind.
do Not have to shoot many kilometers to observe that the driving Fiesta ST200 remains “manual”. Interestingly, I have not seemed much more demanding than the ST 182CV although the reactions are significantly more direct. In addition, the ESP has a tare still permissive that in the above model, with which you can get to cross quite nice without the need to drive like a troglodyte at the flick of a steering wheel.
Fiesta ST200 enjoy in all and each one of the paths of the curves that we find ourselves, as it is not especially sensitive roads very bumpy, a situation in which other cars of similar samples dried, rebotones and even dangerous. Ford has detailed part of the modifications introduced in the ST200: speaking of revised damping, anti-roll bar front 3mm thicker and shaft torsional 27% stiffer. Honestly, if a utilitarian scheme of suspension classic (McPherson front, wheel spins in the rear) can move so well, who needs a complex system of multi-link.
A reasonable consumption
Despite what you say, the cycle of approval, I’m not going to fool saying that the car consumes a little more than your little brother’s twin. The number homologated are 6.1 liters per 100 km, being feasible around 7 litres actual on the highway while in the city, hardly we will go down to 9 liters. A pace “cheerful” without crying every time you step on the accelerator and without squeezing continuously all that you can give us we will spend by supplier with a average of 8.4 litres approximately with a pleasant and real. In driving very fast on roads twisted without moving from 4th march we will be able to overcome the 12 liters of media, but can be enjoyed much the car without the need of getting to these figures.
The Ford Fiesta ST200 is right now, for my taste, the sport utility of the time. Has all the necessary ingredients for dazzle to any burnt the motor world, without being hostile to drivers less demanding that they are not willing to carry the knife between the teeth. The Fiesta ST200 has its greatest enemy at home, and is called the Fiesta ST 182CV. We know that this special version has not been made designed to be best-sellers, but the price difference seems to me too large for the differences it offers. Theoretically this car has a price of 26.000€, although, according to the configurator of Ford you can take it for 20.500€. It will be a matter of making numbers and put one of these two jewels in the garage.
the Opinion of the editor
- Behavior agile
- Touch sports direct and
- Sound heady
- Aesthetic very similar to the Fiesta ST “normal”
Gallery of images Ford Fiesta ST200
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