A Bikers Impression: Ford Fiesta ST Line/ Red Edition.
My background on two wheels is actually on the road, it was on the track. A year ago I used to race alongside BSB (British Superbikes) riding for teams like Tsingtao MV Agusta in the National Superstock 600, or Kawasaki Belfast in the Supersport Class. I’ve won a British Championship and since my only one, all i have done is got close to another and crash lots. Yep, I was a professional crasher.
Not everyone may agree with me, unless you have ridden a "Moderately Powerful Sports-bike". So this does not apply to you folk that have ridden your Gilera Runner around the estate.
My first thoughts on the little one litre Dagenham dust bin was that it looked really good. It was a fine line of looking sporty, but remembering its tiny tiny one litre and not looking faster then it is (cough cough GT86). The red is extremely vibrant and it almost matches the all the panels, i did notice on other cars the paint tends to fade easily if not looked after.
Being in the hands of someone that had a race licence before a road licence, the car was most definitely stuck through its paces and has taken been attacked by my mother and my ex’s right foot only leaving a small dent on the plastic bumper. First thing i enjoyed was the gearbox, it has short easy throws, never had a problem leaping out of gear. It isn’t quite like a bike in the manor of how fast you change gear, but for an affordable sporty hatchback it really isn’t too shabby. The steering is nice and tight, and drive is firm, but not back breaking. Which means you can throw it around a round about with great speed. But beware oversteer can really catch you out for a small FWD.
The car is easy to drive fast, compared to some bikes I have ridden. I mean come on, we even have a luxury of a roof!!
At higher speeds above the 100mph mark, the car can become really unstable probably due to the width of car and how high the centre of gravity. It can be quite uneasy, on a bike, we have our body weight to adjust which makes a massive difference, as for a car, my body weight wouldn’t mater.
The small 1.0 Ecoboost engine really does pack quite the punch, you can feel the Turbo Lag, you can hear the blow off valve beautifully with a decent induction kit. It puts most 2 litres to shame, it costs £20 Tax, and ford claim its economical “Not as much as they say”. But I cant help compare it to a bike.
Lets look at the 1000cc 4 banger, the Kawasaki ZX-10R. Starting at £13,694 you get a beautiful 210ps from the non turbo charged Green Machine. Compared to 140ps from a turbo charged 3 pot it really seems like beast. Obviously you don’t get a roof, 4 comfy seats. AC, a radio, and a few other things.
But if you wanna save a few bob, have massive balls, care about performance, don’t care about missing luxuries and shortening your life span. Buy a Kawasaki ZX-10R.