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 Ford in the Press – Week ending 18.07.14

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​The new Fiesta Red and Black editions and the diesel-powered Focus ST are big news makers for Ford this week. 

Zazpika (Spain) is looking forward to the new diesel Focus ST: At the Goodwood Festival of Speed (U.K.), Ford unveiled the new Focus ST, its first diesel-powered hot hatch. The 2.0 TDCi engine delivers 185PS, allowing the ST to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 8.1 seconds with fuel consumption of only 4.4l / 100km. The model is also available with a 2.0-liter, 250PS EcoBoost gasoline engine.

More blast than a Bugatti is how The Sunday Times (UK) sums up the new Fiesta Red and Black editions: They sit 10mm lower than standard Fiestas (as does the Zetec S) and have 12% stiffer springs (again, as does the Zetec S). The standard five-speed manual box has been spiced up with a slightly quicker action and there are less compromising damper settings and a more earnest program for the electric steering, making it pleasantly heavier in the hands. The acceleration doesn't exactly pin you to the back window but it offers you a fighting chance in competitive traffic-light situations. It's a softer, kinder drive than the ST, providing entertaining amounts of performance without the bruises. Plus you get, as standard, the noise from the three-cylinder engine, which, though it's never going to pound on your chest firmly enough to get your heart restarted, emits a respectable thrum under acceleration before disappearing dutifully into the background at cruising speeds.
 
Siol (Slovenia) also rate Fiesta Red and Black: Fiesta Red and Black Edition is the first to get the higher-performance version of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine – named Engine of the Year third time in a row – making it the most powerful 1.0-litre car in the world.
This confident and fresh new model offers an excellent combination of comfort and sports dynamics. Its dynamic character is highlighted by the contrasting red and black color scheme and sporty bumpers and side sills. The roof, door mirror caps and bodywork detailing are set in a contrasting red and black to complete the sports makeover. Other improvements include the new damper and spring settings, reduced chassis movement, improved stability during quick changes in direction and retuned steering.

  

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8/1/2014 12:00 AM