AT A GLANCE: THE FORD FIESTA ST
What drives it? A 1,999cc, 16-valve, DOHC four-cylinder in-line Duratec engine with electronic multipoint fuel injection coupled to a Durashift 5-speed manual gearbox, and 205/40 R17 tyres with 17-inch sports alloys.
How fast is it? It has 150bhp at 6,000rpm, and 190Nm of torque at 4,500rpm, taking it from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds and to a top speed of 208km/h.
How safe is it? Front and rear disc brakes with servo assistance, intelligent protection system (IPS), anti-lock braking system (ABS), passive anti-theft system (PATS), three-point seatbelt pre-tensioners and front MacPherson strut sports suspension.
How thirsty is it? Ford says it drinks 27.2 litres per 100km in town.
Hong Kong friendly? Ford says it puts out 179g/km CO2, the fug equivalent of 1.4 Smart ForTwos.
Nice touches: It's fast, affordable and handles beautifully. It also has CFC-free air-conditioning.
Availability: HK$185,000, with a three-year/60,000km comprehensive warranty, from Ford Hong Kong (tel: 2503 1032)