Like a Fiesta ST with more chilli, although we’re talking jalapeño rather than habanero on the Scoville heat scale. We were able to test the ST200 back to back with the regular Fiesta ST, perfectly highlighting the nuances between the two cars. Both behave similarly with very little turbo lag from the engine, quick but direct steering, and when matched with excellent body control, it feels darty without ever being nervous.
The extra output of the ST200 certainly encourages you to keep the right pedal pinned. As you flex the engine to the upper limits of its 6500rpm rev range, the sound ricocheting off the flint walls around our testing location in Goodwood is so gravelly and textured, you soon end up dizzy with the vim and vibrancy of the thing.
The 0-62mph sprint may be 0.2 seconds quicker than a standard ST, but it’s the extra in-gear urgency that is more noticeable, the acceleration gently pulling your elbows back into the sculpted Recaro seats like a bow arching. In fact, on these narrow roads the ST200 is perhaps proof that less really is more. While we still love its big brother the Focus RS
, the ST200 is every bit as dynamic and engaging - but at much saner speeds, and with a smaller body, more margin for error.