New Ford Fiesta ST gains optional LSD

New Ford Fiesta ST 2018 REVEALED

New Ford Fiesta ST 2018 REVEALED

The "Hot-ish Hatch" take on the latest Ford Fiesta - itself revealed at the end of 2016 - the new Fiesta ST was actually revealed more than a year ago, ahead of a public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and only now is it about to go on sale officially in the UK.

Ford's outgoing Fiesta ST model is a true giant-killer and remains one of the best bang-for-your-buck hot hatches on the market.

The engine also features cylinder deactivation technology, making the new Fiesta ST up to 11 percent more fuel efficient than the previous-generation Fiesta ST200.

"Hot-hatch drivers are expecting big things from this small vehicle", said Leo Roeks, European Ford Performance director.

Keeping the engine and road in harmony are the torque vectoring technology found on yesterday's Fiesta ST and an optional Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential. The technology uses "non-uniform, non-interchangeable, directionally-wound springs to apply vectoring forces to the rear suspension", increasing lateral stiffness by enabling cornering forces to travel directly into the spring. The rear torsion beam is also new and is also the stiffest fitted to any production Ford so far.

Ford has revealed more details of sports driving features available with the upcoming Fiesta ST hot hatchback.

New Ford Fiesta ST 2018
FORDNew Ford Fiesta ST 2018 has been revealed

"We went through three times the normal number of suspension iterations to find a set-up that delivered the exciting driving experience demanded of an ST model, but also comfort and refinement for everyday driving", said European Ford Performance director Leo Roeks.

For the first time in a Fiesta ST, the driver will be able to choose between three different drive modes that alter things like the engine, steering, exhaust and stability control.

"We've tuned the all-new Fiesta ST's mechanical LSD option to work seamlessly with enhanced Torque Vectoring Control to deliver the best possible natural traction without "burning away" excess torque with brake interventions".

The ST will be available from launch in three-door and five-door bodystyles with sporty ST exterior styling and standard 17-inch or optional 18-inch alloy wheels.

Standard interior features include Recaro seats, ST gearknob, and flat-bottomed steering wheel with stitching that is replicated on the leather handbrake lever and gear-lever gaiter, and a SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system with 6.5-inch screen or optional 8-inch screen.

The brand's local branch is expected to confirm next month the new-generation hot hatch will come to Australia as the only Fiesta model available locally.

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