The Ford Fiesta ST is heading to a showroom near you – and these are the first official pictures of the production-ready hot hatch.
Following on from the concept version revealed at last September's Paris Motor Show, the roadgoing hot hatch has hardly changed.
Video: Watch our video of the Fiesta ST at Geneva
The Renaultsport Clio rival gets a big mesh grille like the Focus ST's, a dramatic bodykit with side skirts and a roof-mounted wing and rear diffuser, 17-inch alloy wheels and twin exhaust pipes.
Power comes from a 178bhp 1.6 EcoBoost turbo petrol engine. It also packs 240Nm of torque, and Ford claims a 0-60mph of less than seven seconds, plus a top speed of 136mph.
However, the ST will be able to return 40mpg while emitting around 140g/km of CO2, so it should be reasonably cheap to run.
The chassis has been honed by Ford's Team RS at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany, where engineers have covered more than 3,500 test miles. As standard, the Fiesta ST gets Torque Vectoring, 15mm lower suspension and a three-stage ESP system.
Inside the Fiesta ST gets Recaro sports seats, plus a sports steering wheel, gearlever and ST badging. It also boasts MyKey – which allows owners to limit performance when less-experienced drivers are at the wheel – and SYNC, a voice-activated connectivity system, which features Bluetooth music streaming.
Expect a price tag of around £17,500 when sales start in early 2013. A five-door version will be available for North America, although the UK will only get the three-door car shown here.