Road Test

Road Test: 2012 Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition 1.6 Ti-VCT

November 14, 2011

Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition 2012_02Now there is a new sporty Fiesta version available in most countries in Europe. The new Fiesta Sport Special Edition has sporty appearance, is well equipped and provides even a quite nice performance. To make it look more interesting, Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition comes with a full styling kit with lowered side skirts and distinctive front bumber spoiler. The special additons for this model are the silver-coloured front grille surround, aerofoil and fog lamp bezels. There is also a noticeable rear spoiler and polished twin exhausts tailpipes. Ford Fiesta Sport Special Editon is only available as a three-door version and offers seven exterior colors to choose from. The 17-inch, 5-spoke Panther Black alloy wheels are a standard feature in the petrol model, while the diesel gets 16-inch alloys.

The Black and Silver theme continues inside the car. The sporty interior includes Ebony Black leather sport-style seats with contrast Silver stitching, leather-trimmed handbrake and gearshift knob, alloy metal pedals, bespoke floor mats, Silver interior trim highlights and gloss black air vent rings, door puls and centre console bezel. The 3-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel has a Silver stitching and Gloss Black spokes. Also included are the automatic air conditioning, trip computer and six-speaker audio system with USB port for external media device connectivity.

Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition is available with two engine variants; 1.6-litres diesel and 1.6-litre petrol. The 95 horsepower Duratorq-diesel engine is naturally more economical choice with a 4,1 l/100km fuel consumption. However, for this sportier model a petrol engine is more interesting choice. 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine might be bit boring in a family car, but in a small hatchback like Fiesta, it gets more interesting. Especially, as this Duratec Ti-VCT petrol engine develops nice sounding 134 horsepower and 160 Newton metres of torque. With the petrol engine, the Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition can sprint from zero to hundred kilometres per hour in 8.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 km/h.

But to be able to do this, you have to give it a lot of revs. On the lower rev band, the engine feels very lazy and you wouldn’t believe that it is a 1.6-litre. When it gets more revs, it provides a lot better performance. The best top is available at 4250rpm and for the max power you have to get the revs all the way up to the 6700rpm. Ford Fiesta Sport Special Editon comes with 5-speed manual gearbox, which has a close-ratio gearing to improve the performance. You notice this when you have the fifth gear in use quite quickly. The car also has a redeveloped exhaut, which makes quite nice, but not very loud exhaust sound.

When you get it going, Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition is quite fun to drive, but not perfect. The biggest let down is the steering. Fiesta has an electric power-assisted steering, which makes the Fiesta easy to drive on the parking lot, but otherwise it’s not very enjoyable. The steering feels numb and it also lacks the ability to properly self-center after the turn. One cause of this problem might be the 205 millimetre wide tyres on a 17-inch wheels, which are quite big for Fiesta. Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition comes as standard with the sport suspension, which also lowers the car a bit. The sport suspension works great, although some drivers might like to have even harder suspension settings.



  • Petrol
  • 4-cylinder
  • 1596cc


  • 98 kW (134 hp) / 6700rpm


  • 160 Nm / 4250rpm


  • 5-speed manual
  • FWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 8.7 seconds

Top speed

  • 195 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 5.9 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 139 g

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