The Ford Fiesta ST has made its UK debut on the stand at the Performance Car Show at Birmingham’s NEC. The much-anticipated car is the performance version of the latest seventh-generation Fiesta hatchback, which was launched on sale earlier this year. 

Oliver Rowe, product affairs manager at Ford GB, was on hand to discuss the new ST and let slip some new information about the car, which has not been revealed before, including the price – set to be around £23,000 – and the CO2 emissions of 114g/km, which interestingly mean the ST should be good for around 57mpg.

‘This car builds on the previous-generation car,' Rowe said. 'Our performance cars are all beautiful to look at, but this one is affordable to most. It’s been five years since we first introduced a three-cylinder engine – the 1-litre unit on the Focus – we really feel like people are ready for a performance three-pot.’

Also check out: stand at ASI

The ST will be available with a manual transmission, and this generation of ST will be available with five doors as well as the more usual three-door state. Ford tried an experiment in the final year of the outgoing car’s life to see how a five-door ST would fare – and it did well enough to merit a full runout on the new car. 

The Fiesta ST is set to arrive in the UK in early summer 2018 for first drives and it will go on sale in September, after the new Fiesta Active SUV-like model makes its debut in late-spring.

The stand also features another UK debut in the form of the Volkswagen GTI TCR racing car, and a number of other exciting models including the Porsche 911 GT3 road and race cars, McLaren 570S GT4 racing car, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 and Mission Motorsport F-Type. Come along to the Birmingham NEC this weekend and meet the team. 

Key stats – Ford Fiesta ST  
Cost £23,000 (approx.)
Engine 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder
Power 197bhp
Torque 214lb ft
0-62mph 6.7 seconds
Top speed 140mph+
Fuel consumption 57.5mpg (approx.)
CO2 emissions 114g/km
Weight 'Lighter than the old one'

Gallery: stand at Autosport International