When the Ford Focus RS debuted in February, Ford stated unequivocally that no Ford Fiesta RS would be released. We had no idea Ford was planning to release a limited number of the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200.
An RS model and a ST model are not interchangeable. The RS is a true racing version of a regular model, whereas the ST is merely a high performance version. According to Ford, the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 has a 10% higher output than the regular Fiesta ST from 2013. Aside from that, it will have features that no other Ford vehicle has.
Because the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 is now on the market, it’s a good time to write a review of it. The upcoming review will include a detailed comparison of the Fiesta ST200 and the regular Fiesta.
Except for minor differences in detailing, the Ford Fiesta ST200 has the same exterior design as the Ford Fiesta. A unique feature is the dark chrome finish, which is only available on the ST200. The grille, air vents, 17-inch rims, mirror arms, and air dam louvers are all finished in a dark “Storm Grey.” It is common to choose a darker finish over a lighter one. The ST200 is a tough car with superior performance to the standard Fiesta, so a dark, aggressive appearance is ideal for this type of vehicle.
Other ST200-specific details include red braking calipers (visible through the wheels) and the ST200 badge on the rear of the vehicle. Finally, the ST200 has a lower stance as a result of revised suspension dampers and springs in all four corners of the vehicle. The Fiesta ST200 is 15 mm lower than the standard Fiesta ST.
More Fiesta ST details return to the interior. The Recaro seats from the 2013 ST are also present, though they are wrapped in Charcoal leather with silver stitching. More silver detailing can be found on the seat belts, as well as an illuminated patch in the door threshold.
In addition, some minor changes were made to the door panel. Instead of being on the front side, the door handle is now in the middle of the arm rest. The mirror controls have been relocated to the front rather than the center.
The infotainment control rotary knob has been enlarged, and a ST200 badge has been added to the centre console.
The 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 has a 1.6 liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. It produces 197 horsepower, 17 more than the 2013 ST. The transient overboost is an additional feature of this engine. This means the engine can produce an additional 15 horsepower for an additional 15 seconds. This is a particularly useful feature if, for example, you find yourself in a heated traffic light competition.
The 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 has improved torque vectoring control as well as three modes of electronic stability control. A modified front steering knuckle and an adapted rear twist beam have been added to help the car get the sharpest curves. As a result, the car can turn faster and more sharply, with less body roll. Finally, Ford improved the braking system to help it come to a stop faster.
The Fiesta ST200 includes all of the standard ST safety and technology features.
Price, release and sale date
The 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 is, unfortunately, only available in Europe and in limited quantities. Pricing and test drives are available at your local dealership, but act quickly before supplies run out. Remember, there were 3000 pre-orders before it went on sale this summer.
In Germany, the Fiesta ST200 starts at €25,000.