The new Ford Fiesta ST-3 builds on the previous range-topping ST-2 specification and goes on sale just a year after the Fiesta ST range first launched.
Ford has added the ST-3 to the line-up in response to demand for a higher series model, with the ST-2 accounting for over 90 per cent of sales.
New equipment added as standard by the Fiesta ST-3 includes keyless entry, cruise control, automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers.
Also added to the new Fiesta ST-3 is a DAB radio/CD player, satellite navigation and electronic automatic temperature control. The model also benefits from an auto-dimming rear view mirror and power-fold door mirrors with puddle lamps.
Similarly with the ST-2 model, rear parking sensors are available as an optional extra for £250.
The engine and performance figures for the new Fiesta ST-3 are unchanged from the rest of the hot hatch’s range. That means the Ford continues to use an 180bhp 1.6-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, mated with a six-speed manual transmission.
The Fiesta ST can go from a standstill to 62mph in just 6.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 139mph. The official combined fuel economy of the Fiesta ST is 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions are recorded at 138g/km.
Customers can choose their new Fiesta ST in one of five vibrant exterior colours, including Frozen White, Race Red, Panther Black, Spirit Blue and Molten Orange.
These are matched to one of two striking interior colour themes, either Molten Orange or Smoke Storm, depending on the exterior paint. The Ford Fiesta ST-3 is available now priced at £19,250.
Since the Ford Fiesta ST first arrived last year it has received critical acclaim and gone on to win nearly 25 awards. These honours include Best Hot Hatch accolades from both Auto Express and the Scottish Car of the Year Awards. The Fiesta ST was also named Best Performance Car in the inaugural UK Car of the Year Awards.
The Fiesta ST was also named Car of the Year 2013 by TopGear Magazine. Commenting on its winner the motoring publication commented: “Fiesta ST does all of the things a hot hatch must do – the difference with the Ford is that it does them for £16,995."
“Often this would mean it lacks something the others have. But no, it has 180 horsepower. It looks cracking. The chassis is as lovingly engineered as a McLaren’s. It grips and goes better than the others and – as far as we can see – there is no catch."