Ford launches beefed-up Fiesta S1600

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Ford has bolstered its hot hatch range with the introduction of a limited edition version of the Fiesta S1600.

The new model is restricted to just 500 examples, but fast Ford fans will be pleased to hear that the 1.6-litre Duratec engine's output has been boosted to 132bhp and 118lb ft of torque.

That's a 14bhp increase over the previous S1600, and means the car's performance improves to 8.2 seconds for the 0-60mph sprint.

The special edition gets the inevitable body kit to distinguish it from the rest of the range and adds heated leather sports seats to the interior along with Ford motorsport branding.

The Fiesta S1600 is on sale now with prices starting from £15,895.