Sam Philip26 April 2010

Hot new Fiesta!

…isn’t actually any hotter, sorry. New S1600 turns out to be Fiesta Zetec in a bodykit. Bring on the Fiesta ST, please

We've waited a long time for a new Ford Fiesta ST... and we're going to have to wait a while longer. Sorry.

This isn't the new Fiesta ST. This is the Fiesta S1600, essentially a standard 118bhp Zetec S with a bodykit, a whole load of posh racy bits inside, and exactly no more power. Sorry.

Not that we're complaining about the bodykit. Or the white wheels. Or the nice leathery stuff on the inside. Or the fact that you can, if you so desire, order your S1600 with the noisy Mountune engine upgrade, boosting power by 20bhp and cutting the Fiesta's 0-60mph time by two seconds.

But, meh, you could get the same upgrade on the standard Zetec S. We're loving the looks of your S1600, Ford, but why not go that little extra step and turn it into a proper ST?

Let's say... 180bhp from a revised version of the 1.6-litre engine - keeping it naturally aspirated, mind - a slightly beefed-up chassis and a set of furry dice hanging from the rear-view mirror? We're not asking for much...

Now watch Jeremy's 'sensible' Fiesta test from series 12:  

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