DRIVEN: Limited – edition Ford Fiesta ST200

Being a Motoring journalist isn’t all about spending the whole week with fancy cars. It’s all about writing a car review that puts your readers in the driver’s seat.

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I always get excited when I am told that the car parked in the Motoring test fleet parking lot is mine for the the week, and the limited-edition Ford Fiesta ST200 made me feel happier.

I recently spent a week with the Ford Fiesta ST200 limited-edition, as with all limited-run cars that reach my hands, there are always only a few, with Ford having only 160 units planned for our market, so hurry up should you decide you need one after reading this.

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The numbers first. The ST200 gets a power bump from the standard Fiesta ST’s 134kW to 149kW (200hp) hence the 200 insignia. That amount of power is generated by a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine that sends power to the front wheels via an improved six-speed manual gearbox. It is quick, but not quicker than its greatest rival, the Polo GTI I have tested a while ago. Ford says it can do a 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds but I tell you what, it did the 0-100km/h in 7.38 seconds when we tested it in Gerotek.

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A minute in the hatch, I was so disappointed with the outdated centre console jam-packed with a forest of buttons. It took me more than 5min to connect my cell Bluetooth, anyway, no car is perfect.

The ride isn’t smooth at all its quite a bumpy ride but point it to the highway and it gets comfy like a Fiesta should.

I won’t lie, this Fiesta ST200 is different from the standard STs. You get a unique ‘Storm Grey’ metallic colour and it rides on matt black 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels that frame red front and rear brake callipers.

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You also get rear LED tail lamps.

Jump inside the cabin and Recaro sport seats greet you. The seats have proven to be more than useful when cornering at speeds I am not allowed to mention here.

Ford takes your safety serious hence this once comes standard with seven airbags including a driver’s knee airbag.

Ford charges you R339 900 for this and I definitely feel it is going to cost more in the years to come so better lay your hands on one soon.
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Written by Ntsako Mthethwa 

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