Ford Fiesta S1600 – Limited Edition announcedMon, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0700
The Ford Fiesta S1600 - with either a go-faster blue or white paint job.
Want a quicker Fiesta? Like the idea of a new Fiesta ST? You’re not alone. The Fiesta is such a well-sorted car it’s crying out for more power. So when we saw the bumph drop in from Ford on the Fiesta S1600 we thought they’d finally got their act together and given us a Fiesta with a bit more go. The bumph even said ‘Faster Fiesta continues proud heritage’. But there is no power boost we can see. It’s just more show.
Ford are churning out 650 of the Fiesta S1600 with a choice of either the petrol 1.6 Duratec Ti-VCT with 120 PS or the 1.6 litre TDCi with 95 PS. Whichever engine you choose you get a choice of either white with big blue stripes up the middle or blue with white stripes. Alloys are thrown in (17″ on the petrol – 16″ on the diesel) together with a front bumper with flared lower valence panel, extended side skirts, large rear spoiler and a rear diffuser.
Inside there’s been a reasonable effort to make the S1600 a bit special with heated leather seats, leather on the handbrake cover, steering wheel and gear knob and a set of Motorsport-branded mats. Nothing to get too excited about.
Ford do say that you can have the Fiesta S1600 tweaked and boosted by fitting a Mountune power upgrade. It seems as if Ford are running scared of actually producing out and out performance models in the current climate but are instead pushing customers for fast Fords in the direction of Mountune. The same ‘Ford Approved’ tuners who did the upgrades on the Focus RS500 and the after-market upgrade for the Focus RS.
The Fiesta S1600 will cost you from £16,645. Plus an extra couple of grand to get Mountune to fettle it so it goes how it looks. But that £2k will be well spent – it’ll knock 2 seconds off your 0-60 mph time.
By Cars UK