FORD has launched a new flagship version of its multi-award-winning Fiesta ST with extra features – just a year after the car was launched and with sales racing ahead of the company's own forecasts.
The new ST-3 builds on the specification of the ST-2 by adding desirable features such as digital radio/CD with navigation system, cruise control, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers, power-fold door mirrors with puddle lamps and electronic automatic temperature control.
Since the ST went on sale, more than 6,250 have been sold, 20 per cent more than forecast.
Priced at £19,250, the ST3 is being built in response to demand for a higher series model in addition to the previous two specification line-up, with the ST-2 accounting for over 90 per cent of sales.
Powered by the same highly efficient 1.6-litre EcoBoost 182PS unit with six-speed manual transmission, the ST-3 will crack the 0 to 60 time in less than seven seconds and has a top speed just a whisker short of twice the UK's maximum speed limit. It can also average almost 48 mpg and emits 138 g/km of CO2.
The Fiesta ST has already picked up almost 25 awards – taking Top Gear magazine's Car of the Year and Auto Express's Best Hot Hatch.