It’s not the high-performance Fiesta ST that we’ve been hoping for, but Ford has released a special version of the Fiesta hatchback in Europe. The Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition goes on sale in Europe to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Europe’s Fiesta nameplate.
The Fiesta Sport offers a choice between gasoline and diesel engines. The former is a 1.6-liter inline-four with 132 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque; coupled to a close-ratio manual transmission, it reportedly propels the Fiesta Sport from rest to 62 mph in 8.7 seconds, almost as quick as the Europe-exclusive Fiesta S1600. The 1.6-liter Duratorq diesel engine returns 94 hp and a claimed 57 mpg.
Like the S1600 model, the Fiesta Sport Special Edition also gets a more aggressive body kit, as well as chrome trim for the grille, headlight surrounds, fog light housings, and exhaust tips. The three-door hatchback comes with special Panther Black wheels, measuring 16 inches for diesel models and 17 inches for gasoline-fired versions. Black leather sport seats, gloss-black instrument cluster trim, a leather shift knob, metal pedals, and unique door sill plates dress up the interior. We think the matte-black paint and dark interior treatment look pretty mean.
The upgraded Fiesta is only destined for sale in Europe. While Ford has previously promised higher-performance Fiesta variants for the U.S. market, none have materialized yet. So tell us what you think -- do you want to see a warmed-over hatchback like the Sport Special Edition in U.S. dealerships? Or are you willing to wait for the long-promised, 180-hp Fiesta ST? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.