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. (more…)