The Ford Fiesta ST has always been a lively, invigorating thing to drive, but there’s no denying it lacked a little power against its small hot hatch rivals. But Ford has now redressed the balance, boosting the ST’s output.

Some minor tweakery of the Fiesta’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost motor has liberated another 15bhp and 22lb/ft of torque, taking the totals up to 197bhp and 214lb/ft. Numbers pretty much identical to those of the Renaultsport Clio and Peugeot 208 GTi.

That 197bhp translates to 200PS, hence the updated car’s new ST200 designation. The last Ford to wear that badge was a limited-run, V6 Mondeo…

The Fiesta ST200 dispatches the 0-62mph sprint in 6.7secs, with a top speed of 143mph. A shorter final drive ratio improves in-gear acceleration through the six-speed manual ‘box, too.

A bit of cosmetic sprucing up has gone on, as well. The ST200 comes in the Storm Grey with matt black wheels colour combo pictured here, and the interior features new part-leather Recaro seats, illuminated door sill plates and silver detailing on the seatbelts.

According to Ford, the UK is by far the biggest European market for the Fiesta ST. Since it was introduced in 2013, 19,200 have been sold here, out of a total of 30,000.

It seems only limited numbers of the Fiesta ST200 will be available when it goes on sale in June; it compliments rather than replaces the existing ST. Prices have yet to be announced, but expect to pay around £20,000 (the standard car starts at £17,645).

Incidentally, if the ST200 still isn’t powerful enough, there’s always the factory-approved Mountune tuning kit, that takes power up to 212bhp.

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By Only Motors