FORD continues to churn out award winning and top selling Fiestas and with more than 12 million sold since it arrived in 1976 most UK families will have had one parked outside their home at some time.
Yet, despite this model being top of the sales charts, there is still a chance to buy one that will be a real head turner.
The latest special edition is a Fiesta Metal and just 1,000 of these will be sold.
A price of £15,695, rising to £16,165 with the addition of Midnight Sky metallic paint on the test car, sounds a lot of cash for a Fiesta – but this isn’t just a Fiesta.
It’s a little hot rocket that young and enthusiastic drivers will love and Ford should have no problem moving them out of the showrooms.
Based on the popular 118bhp Zetec-S, power in the 1.6-litre Duratec Ti-VCT petrol engine is boosted to 132bhp.
The exterior gives a good bit more than a hint of the nature of this Fiesta with its chrome twin exhaust pipes, silver-painted front grille surround, front aerofoil and front fog light bezels.
There’s also the 17-inch five-spoke Panther Black alloy wheels, body colour front and rear bumper skirts, side skirts and rear sports spoiler.
The sporting theme continues inside with top quality black leather seats featuring silver contrast stitching and black painted centre stack bezel, air vent rings and interior door handles.
On top of that there’s alloy pedals, unique floor mats with silver piping, stainless steel door scuff plates with Fiesta logo and a leather steering wheel.
Fire up this Fiesta Metal and you get a sporting roar from the exhausts pipes and performance to match the sound.
It’s the fastest and most powerful Fiesta on the road, racing off the blocks and reaching 62mph in 8.7 seconds.
With a top speed of 121mph there’s lots of power coming through as you go up and down a slick five-speed manual gearbox.
You can potter happily enough around town in this model but it’s on winding roads that it really delivers.
With its lowered sports suspension, the Metal hugs the tarmac and handles bends superbly at speed.
This Fiesta delivers what it promises and won’t disappoint hot-hatch lovers as they push that rev counter up and hear it roar.
Ford claim a combined fuel economy figure of 47.9mpg can be achieved but I wouldn’t imagine many owners would get close to this if they drive the Metal to the full.