Special editions of Ford’s supermini get bold colours, distinctive styling and a 1.0 litre engine with 140 PS!
Yes, you read that right. A 1.0 litre engine producing 138 brake horsepower. I know; the mind just truly boggles. Think back only a few years and the Fiesta ST, with its 2.0 litre engine, was making only 150 PS (148 bhp) despite a whole extra litre of displacement.
The crucial difference is, of course, whereas the Mk5 Fiesta ST was naturally aspirated, the 1.0 EcoBoost engine in the sixth generation Zetec S Fiesta features a turbocharger. As Ford points out, that means the Zetec S Red / Black editions have a higher specific output per litre than a Ferrari 458 (125 bhp per litre), or even a Bugatti Veyron (123 bhp per litre). Sure testimony to just how marvellous a piece of engineering the 1.0 EcoBoost engine is, given its cylinder block is small enough to fit onto an A4 sheet of paper – fact.
Power has been upped from the 125 PS (123 bhp) of the regular Zetec S especially for the Red / Black editions, with revised gear ratios to make the most of it. The result is a 0-62 mph time of 9 seconds dead, along with a 125 mph top speed. But, the flip side of the downsized motor is an official combined fuel economy of 62.8 mpg and only 104 g/km of C02 emissions. Although we know the mile per gallon figure might not be completely achievable in the real world, it’s still an impressive benchmark for a fairly warm hatchback.
But enough about the engine; what else is special about these special editions? According to Ford, the two colour schemes have been inspired by ‘global fashion trends for strong colour contrasts’ hence the red/black juxtaposition. The Black Edition is said to be the more flamboyant, with the Aston Martin-esque red grille surround, red roof and red wing mirrors being obviously eye-catching against the Panther Black bodywork.
The Red Edition is slightly more subtle, although the Race Red paintwork is still pretty bold. Here it’s tamed by black detailing for the roof, grille and wing mirrors. Both cars feature a bodykit that includes new front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a rear spoiler – all very similar to the range-topping Fiesta ST. Black 17″ alloy wheels, sport suspension and retuned power steering also make an appearance as part of the package, giving the Black / Red Editions the dynamism to match the engine.
Like all good special editions, the insides have also received the bold colour treatment. Both models feature a black leather sports steering wheel, black leather gear knob gaiter with red stitching; black floor mats with red stitching; and charcoal black sport seats with contrasting red stitching and side bolsters. All in, that’s a fairly comprehensive overhaul.
There’s no mention of prices yet from Ford, but we wouldn’t expect to big a premium over the £14,995 cost of the regular Zetec S. Deliveries start in September so, if you want one, time to start harassing your local dealership. Once you’ve made up your mind which colour to go for that is.