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by Tim Beissmann

The Ford Fiesta Metal is headed to Australia, with the limited edition ‘warm hatch’ arriving in local showrooms in September.

Just 250 of the sporty city cars will be imported to Australia from Germany (rather than the Fiesta’s usual Thailand production source), delivering an exclusive group of customers an uprated hatchback with more power, retuned suspension and unique sports styling and appointments.

The Ford Fiesta Metal is powered by a specially tuned version of the standard car’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 98kW of power (at 6700rpm) and 160Nm of torque (at 4250rpm) – up 10kW/9Nm. A new air intake, wider exhaust pipes and unique engine tuning give access to an extra 300rpm in the rev range.

Paired exclusively with a five-speed manual transmission, the Fiesta Metal accelerates from 0-100km/h in 8.7 seconds and has a top speed of 195km/h – down from the standard Fiesta’s 9.9 seconds and 193km/h (according to European data).

The three-door-only Fiesta Metal also features sports suspension with a lowered ride height, while visual enhancements include 17-inch black alloy wheels, twin chrome exhaust tips, privacy glass, and a sports body kit with silver grille surround, front spoiler and foglight bezels.

Unique to the Metal’s cabin are Ebony Black heated leather sports seats with silver contrast stitching, leather-wrapped four-way adjustable steering wheel, leather gear knob and handbrake, alloy pedal covers, stainless steel scuff plates, piano black centre stack inserts, air vents and door handles, and floor mats with silver piping.

Other standard features include keyless start, cruise control, climate control, electrochromatic rear view mirror, rear parking sensors, automatic projector headlights with follow-me-home lighting, and rain-sensing wipers.

The Ford Fiesta Metal is priced from $22,990 before on-road costs, making it just $2000 more than the five-door Fiesta Zetec manual.

The Fiesta Metal will be followed in around 12 months’ time by the Ford Fiesta ST, a true performance hot-hatch with 132kW of power and 240Nm of torque. The Fiesta ST will become the second sports model in Ford Australia’s small-car line-up, joining the Focus ST, which goes on sale in October from $38,290.




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