The 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder now cranks out 225PS (165kW), up from 200PS (147kW), and 340Nm (252lb ft), up from 290Nm (215lb ft), thanks to a new airbox, a new air filter and an ECU tune. The tune can be controlled using an app, with three modes: Stock, Performance, and Anti-Theft. There are no quoted performance gains, but there is definitely a bit more shove in the second half of the rev range.
As for the handling, this Fiesta ST has both the big-brake package and a set of lowering springs. The lowering springs drop the ride height by 25mm, and, dare I say it, I think it looks rather good. Mercifully the lower ride hasn’t compromised the Fiesta ST’s excellent ride, if anything adding a slightly keener front end and tad less roll. The brakes, meanwhile, do help with braking performance but would likely only really come into their own on a track day, and having tracked a standard Fiesta ST it is the brakes that give up first.