The new Ford Fiesta S1600 carries on the tradition of sporty Fiestas and makes an interesting diversion until the latest Fiesta ST turns up.
The S1600 is based on the Fiesta Zetec S, sporting a 118bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine or weedy 89bhp 1.6-litre diesel. A new bodykit makes the S1600 stand out from the rest of the range, while the bodywork can be painted in a choice of Frozen White or Performance Blue with contrasting stripes. A set of white 17-inch 5-spoke alloys are also included on the petrol, while the diesel gets smaller 16-inch wheels.
On the inside the S1600 sacrifices a few cows in order to improve the interior with heated, stitched leather sports seats, leather steering wheel, handbrake cover and gearknob. There are also Motorsport-branded floor mats and scuff plates.
While the 120PS engine might seem a bit limp, there is an option if you want a bit more power – you can opt for the Mountune Fiesta upgrade that increases power to 140PS and keeps your nice, new warranty intact. Just bear in mind that you’ll have to pay almost £1,500 for the extra power.
If you fancy seeing the S1600 parked outside your house you’d better be quick as there will only be 650 of these Fiestas being built. You can order one now from your local Ford dealers at a price of £16,645 on-the-road.
Just a quick thought – you could have a 200bhp Renaultsport Clio Cup for £16,710. The Fiesta S1600 suddenly seems very expensive!