It's not often you get more from less, but the new 2018 Ford Fiesta ST Turbo will do just that.
The new Fiesta ST Turbo is downsizing - gone is the long-standing 1.6-litre turbo turbo four, to be replaced by a 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder engine. It seems the reduction in capacity and cylinders won't hurt the new ST Turbo on performance as it'll gain a handy 13kW advantage over its predecessor. The pokey three-cylinder unit punches out 147kW with a peak torque value of 290Nm, enough to see the pocket rocket sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 6.7 seconds. The little Fiesta is going to cause some red faces when it comes to traffic light challenges... not that we promote such things (cough).
Bonus; while power is up, fuel usage is down to just 4.9-litre/100km combined, that's a significant 20% more efficient than the current model.
The 3-pot motor features a new turbocharging setup and direct fuel injection; the beefed up underpinnings for the Fiesta ST Turbo see the front-wheel drive now offering torque vectoring, which will apply brakes to the inside wheel when the system detects under-steer. It will also cut back power when an inside tyre is spinning uselessly.
Speaking of wheels, the Fiesta ST Turbo will ride on 18"inch alloys, which look gargantuan on the tiny hatch. Other goodies include Recaro Sports front seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and adjustable driving modes; Normal, Sport and Track. Just how the drive modes will affect the attitude of the new Fiesta, will have to wait for hands on wheel experience.
More power, more performance and more economy. The 2018 Fiesta ST Turbo looks set to excite - triple the fun for sure.