Just days after the Fiesta finally launched in North America, residents of the U.K. can already get a better version of Ford‘s sporty hatchback than what is offered here. Called the Fiesta S1600, for starters, it’s a three-door hatch, which isn’t part of the product lineup in North America. Included in motorsports-inspired package is a new aero kit, 17-inch white wheels and some nice body-length racing stripes. There’s also a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear shift knob and handbrake cover, as well as new floor mats.
But the best part is that the 1.6-liter engine (which we commented in our review needed a few extra ponies) is available with a Mountune tuning kit which adds 20-hp (for a total of roughly 140-hp). Ford claims that’s enough to drop the 0-60 mph time by two whole seconds.
Offered exclusively in the U.K., Ford will build just 650 S1600 models for a price of £16,645.
GALLERY: Ford Fiesta S1600
Official release after the jump:
NEW FORD STAR WITH STRIPES – FASTER FIESTA CONTINUES PROUD HERITAGE
BRENTWOOD, Essex, 26 April, 2010 – The thoroughbred lineage of fast Fords has a new addition to the family, in the eye-catching new Fiesta S1600.
Based on the popular Fiesta Zetec-S – with a generous standard specification that includes alloy pedals and Quickclear windscreen – the sporty Fiesta S1600 interior adds heated, stitched leather sports seats with standard side-airbags, leather steering wheel, handbrake cover and gearknob, plus Motorsport-branded floor mats and scuff plates.
On the outside, the sporting pedigree is made clear, through a comprehensive body-styling kit that includes a unique front bumper with flared lower valence panel, extended side skirts, large rear spoiler and rear diffuser, finished with 17-in, white alloy wheels (16-in on diesel models). The newcomer’s special paint finish is available in Frozen White or Performance Blue, with contrasting motorsport stripes.
Performance comes from Fiesta’s responsive 1.6-litre, 120PS Duratec Ti-VCT petrol engine, now with 120PS. For performance enthusiasts, a further engine upgrade package will be offered via Ford’s established performance tuning partner, Mountune.
Fiesta S1600 continues a 30-year sporting Fiesta bloodline that began with the Mk1 XR2 in 1981 and has included Supersport, XR2(i), Si, RS and ST models.
Gill Palmer, Ford of Britain’s Fiesta Product Manager, said: “Since its introduction, Fiesta and sporting pedigree have never been far apart and the latest incarnation of that is S1600, bringing extra motorsport feel to the award-winning Fiesta style and driving quality.”
Fast Ford fans are encouraged to act quickly, with only 650 of these special faster Fiestas being created. They are available now from Ford dealers, priced from £16,645 on-the-road.