After months of anticipation, Ford has officially unveiled the Fiesta ST.
As preview by the concept, the production model has an aggressive body kit with new bumpers, a trapezoidal grille, a rear diffuser and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.
Inside, the cabin features Recaro sport seats, faux carbon fiber trim and alloy pedals. There's also a sport steering wheel, a SYNC infotainment system and a "sound symposer" which "filters the most attractive engine noises from under the bonnet."
Power comes from a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine which has been specifically tuned for maximum performance. It produces 180 PS (132 kW / 178 hp) and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the hatchback to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than seven seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 220 km/h (137 mph).
The model also has an electric power steering system and a revised suspension with new front knuckles and unique springs / dampers. Thanks to these modifications, there's sportier handling and a 15mm reduced ride height.
Other highlights include an upgraded braking system, enhanced torque vectoring control and a three-stage electronic stability control system.
The company was vague on launch details, but said the model would begin arriving in Europe in 2013.