First look: the new Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch

Ford has unveiled the newest hot hatch to its range at the Geneva Motor Show this week ahead of its appearance on UK roads early in 2013.

Despite the long wait for the sporty Fiesta, the new model is production ready and features the same styling and engine as the version that will appear in Perrys Ford dealerships up and down the country.

Ford has taken the standard Ford Fiesta and, inspired by the Fiesta RS World Rally Championship car, added a more tuned chassis, lower ride height, a new, larger grille and rear spoiler.

Tested at the world-famous Nurburgring in Germany, the Fiesta ST comes with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine developing 180PS.

This gives the hot hatch a 0-62mph sprint time under seven seconds and a top speed of 136mph, but Ford also says the car will cut CO2 emissions over the previous Fiesta ST by a fifth.

The interior of the three-door car includes new upholstery and Recaro sports seats but Ford has also added a dose of practicality in the shape of its new SYNC system.

The new SYNC technology will debut on the new Ford B-Max this year and includes a touch screen, satellite navigation and connectivity for mobile devices and music players. It also comes with voice activation and Bluetooth as well as an emergency response system in the event of an accident.

Ford says the Fiesta ST will be a car aimed at ‘enthusiasts’ but with a dose of practicality. It will sit below the all-new Ford Focus ST in Ford’s more performance-oriented range and goes up against the likes of the new Vauxhall Corsa Nurburgring.

The new Ford Fiesta ST will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show this month and more details are expected towards the end of the year.