After months of anticipation, Ford has officially unveiled the Fiesta ST. It has a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine which has been specifically tuned for maximum performance.

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.

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New 2013 Ford Fiesta ST revealed [video]