LISBON, Portugal – Ford’s award winning Fiesta ST has been crowned 2013 Car of the Year by Top Gear Magazine in Portugal.
The 180PS machine was also named “Best Hot hatch” by Top Gear to add to a long list of honours it has received since its launch last year.
Top Gear Magazine reports that Fiesta ST has “noble genes.” It adds: “It's all a matter of breeding and pedigree: having the right mix of elements in the correct order to create something special ... Ford did it with the Fiesta ST. Is it the best? We think it is.”
The awards were presented at Lisbon Carriage Museum. Francisco Meneses, a renowned Portuguese stand-up comedian, was the awards presenter and announced the 2013 Car of the Year as “a fantastic hot hatch that I have had the great pleasure of testing and I can assure it is really amazing.”
Fiesta ST is equipped with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine to achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and offer 182 PS and 240 Nm of torque. Top speed is 220 km/h.
Ford Team RS tuned the powertrain, suspension, steering and brakes for optimised driving dynamics; and introduced features only previously found in larger performance cars – including enhanced Torque Vectoring Control (eTVC) and 3-mode Electronic Stability Control (ESC), six-speed manual transmission and rear disc brakes.
Everyday practicality is underlined by fuel efficiency of 5.9 l/100 km and 138 g/km CO2.