Let’s set the record straight. While the Launch Control feature is available in the new 2017 Ford Fiesta ST, it’s merely an optional extra along with the Limited Slip Differential (LSD) and Ford-patented force vectoring springs.
At the moment, it’s still unclear if Sime Darby Auto Connexion, sole distributor of Ford vehicles in Malaysia, will bring in the new Fiesta ST although it could be very likely, judging from the positive response and reviews from the previous model.
For now, here’s a quick taste of what the new Fiesta ST will be like off the line, should the Launch Control option be ticked for the local models.
At first glance, the Fiesta ST doesn’t seem to be that brisk off the line, with its 197 hp and 290 Nm, impressively extracted from a compact 1.5-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine but a closer observation of the speedometer tells a different story of how rapidly the car picks up speed with 0 to 100 km/h done in a supposed 6.7 seconds – 0.2 seconds quicker than its predecessor.