Ooooh, Aston Martin must be fuming today. The new Fiesta Red and Fiesta Black Editions don some accent-color around their grilles in a way that directly recalls Aston racecars, or the new N430 special Vantage below…
What is the downside of being the UK’s best-selling car for more than a decade? It can be a bit hard to stand out in a crowd.
Highways in London must feel like Fiesta bumper cars — with all the colors muted tans, silvers, greens and light greys, scratches and fender benders do not even transfer any new paint onto your Fiesta!
That will no longer be the case with the Fiesta Red Edition and the Fiesta Black Edition, which are new as of today and include a pretty comprehensive style and handling makeover. Some new shades are very welcome. They would be nice over here in America as well…
All the better to fend off the very personalize-able Citroen DS3 and even the new MINI hardtop. These special editions take the Zetec S as the base platform, bringing the potent turbo triple gasoline engine and a standard manual transmission.
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost of the Red and Black editions has 140-horsepower to put to the road, which is mighty impressive.
Now, the only choice: Red?
His pants come standard, by the way, for all gentlemen buyers. Hey, Black and Red is a commitment, okay!
2014 Ford Fiesta Red Edition and Fiesta Black Edition
Ford’s striking Fiesta Zetec S Red / Black edition is most powerful volume production 1.0-litre road car
18 June 2014
Ford reveals new two-tone Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black Edition models priced from £15,995
Most powerful ever 1.0-litre volume production car debuts new 140PS version of Ford’s multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, offering more power-per-litre than a Bugatti Veyron
Fiesta Red and Black Editions achieve 0-62 mph in 9sec and 125mph top speed; 62.8mpg fuel efficiency and 104g CO2/km emissions
Race Red model with Panther Black roof and detailing plus Panther Black model with Race Red roof and detailing are inspired by demand for strong colour contrasts
Renowned Fiesta driving dynamics are enhanced by sports suspension with tuned steering and revised gearing
BRENTWOOD, Essex, 18 June 2014 – Meet the new Ford Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black Edition twins — two new Fiestas that combine head-turning looks, unexpected performance and excellent fuel efficiency.
Available to order now and in dealerships from September, the Fiesta Zetec S Red / Black Editions will be the most powerful 1.0-litre volume production cars ever. The new 140PS version of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost offers more power per litre than the Bugatti Veyron and the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
Inspired by global fashion trends for strong colour contrasts, the two-tone models are available in Race Red, complemented by Panther Black roof and detailing; and Panther Black, with Race Red roof and detailing.
“These two new Fiestas make an unquestionably bold statement on the road and will give drivers an equally distinctive experience behind the wheel with a sportier version of our 1.0-litre EcoBoost and enhancements to the Fiesta’s acclaimed ride and handling,” said Roelant de Waard, Ford’s European Marketing, Sales and Service vice president.
The three-door models feature front upper and lower grille surrounds, front bumper aerofoil and mirror caps in contrasting colours, with standard black 17-inch alloy wheels. The body kit offers front and rear sports bumpers, side skirts and rear roof spoiler; and the contrasting colour roof on both models has been painted to achieve a consistent and higher quality gloss finish than can be achieved using a foil applique or sticker.
The models feature black leather sports steering wheel and gear lever gaiter with red stitching; black floor mats with red stitching; and charcoal black sport seats with contrasting red stitching and bolster exteriors.
“Both cars have an execution that’s bold, distinctive and contemporary, but the Red and Black present subtly different personalities that will appeal to different customers,” said John Mcleod, Ford’s European Vehicle Personalisation chief designer. “The more provocative car is the Black Edition – its red detailing and the grille surround deliver a high contrast for drivers that want to be noticed. The Red Edition car is highly expressive yet a little bit more subtle for the less exuberant owner.”
Most powerful 1.0-litre volume production car engine ever
The 140PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost features a unique calibration with new settings for turbocharger boost control, valve-timings, intercooler and throttle management to deliver 12 per cent more power and an even sportier driving experience with 0-62mph acceleration in 9sec and a top speed of 125 mph, while still delivering 62.8 mpg fuel efficiency and 104g CO2/km emissions. *
“This new 140PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine now delivers more than twice the power on a litre-for-litre basis than its predecessor – the 1.6-litre 100PS engine that powered the sporty Fiesta S just 10 years ago,” said Andrew Fraser, Ford’s European Gasoline Calibration manager. “I believe this engine sets a new benchmark for power combined with fuel efficiency from a small petrol engine.”
Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was named International Engine of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Like the 100PS and 125PS versions of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost that were chosen by nearly 30 per cent of Fiesta customers in the first quarter of 2014, the 140PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost uses turbocharging, twin-independent Variable Cam Timing and high-pressure direct-injection technologies.**
The Ford Fiesta Zetec S Red and Black Editions further enhance driving appeal with revised gear ratios for the five-speed manual transmission and a sport suspension set-up. In addition to new shock absorber and spring settings, the sport suspension uses a stiffer rear axle and revised tuning for the Electronic Power Assisted Steering system delivering greater torque build-up for more steering feedback.
The new Fiesta was launched in late 2012 with dynamic new exterior design, refined interior and advanced Ford technologies including Ford SYNC voice-activated connectivity system, Active City Stop low-speed collision avoidance system, and MyKey; which enables parents to place certain restrictions on young drivers to promote safer driving.
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