As the Ford Fiesta celebrates 40 years in production, a new 200PS version of the Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch has gone on sale in Ireland, priced from €32,190.

“The Fiesta ST is truly beloved by owners and critics. The ST200 takes this special drivers’ car to a new level of power and performance,” says Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland.

The Fiesta ST200 is the most powerful production Fiesta model to date and delivers 10% more power (182PS vs.  200PS) and 20% more torque (240Nm vs. 290Nm) from a specially calibrated 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. An additional 15PS and 30Nm of torque is available for up to 20 seconds using transient overboost.

The ST200 will sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, going on to a top speed of 230kmh. It delivers faster in-gear acceleration for improved drivability and an even more fun-to-drive experience. Like the Fiesta ST, the ST200 sits 15 millimetres closer to the road than standard Fiesta models.

The Fiesta ST200 utilises recently upgraded Fiesta ST suspension and Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) settings to improve ride quality and driving dynamics. A rear twist-beam with 27% more roll-stiffness, and a front anti-roll bar increased to 21mm from 19mm diameter, support revised damper specifications for better impact absorption.

Fiesta ST200 driving dynamics are supported by Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control (eTVC) and 3-mode Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The eTVC system applies brake force to the inside front wheel when cornering to improve road holding and reduce understeer without affecting speed. ESC offers full system intervention; wide-slip mode with limited intervention; and full ESC de-activation.

Optimised braking is delivered with 278mm front and 253mm rear disc brakes, and a larger tandem brake master cylinder than standard Fiesta models.

The Fiesta ST200 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine’s low weight also assists handling and features technologies including turbocharging, high-pressure direct fuel-injection and twin-independent variable cam timing for high power alongside 6.1 l/100 km (46.3mpg) fuel efficiency and 140g/km CO2 emissions.

The ST200 offers bolder and more distinctive design and is offered solely in exclusive Storm Grey exterior colour with the distinctive 17-inch ST alloys wheels finished in matt black with polished rims.

Fiesta ST200 models also feature red painted callipers alongside the ST-specification large trapezoidal honeycomb grille, dynamic front spoiler and side-skirts, body-colour rear diffuser element and large rear roof spoiler.

An enhanced interior specification includes unique partial leather Charcoal Recaro front seats that are further distinguished with contrasting silver stitching, as are the seatbelts. Illuminated scuff plates incorporate the ST200 logo. Carbon fibre dashboard inserts, alloy-metal pedals and gearshifter, and an ST-specification steering wheel also feature for the atmospheric interior that contrasts dark materials and headliner with silver effect detail. Keyless push button start comes as standard as well as rear privacy glass and Ford SYNC infotainment.

The Ford Fiesta ST was launched in 2013 and quickly established itself as Europe’s leading compact performance hatchback, earning more than 20 awards around the world within its first year on sale. Ford has since sold more than 30,000 Fiesta STs in Europe.

Caroline Kidd