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Ford Fiesta adds hot Metal version

While it’s not meant to fill in for a future Fiesta ST, the Fiesta Metal gets a higher-tuned 1.6-litre Duratec Ti-VCT petrol four-cylinder.

The engine delivers 98kW of power at 6700rpm and 160Nm of torque at 4250rpm -- 10kW and 9Nm up on the current 1.6-litre Zetec – delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual.

Ford says a new air intake, unique exhaust with wider pipes and engine tuning allows an additional 300rpm on the tacho.

Arriving in September, the three-door Fiesta Metal matches the twin-clutch Zetec Fiesta on price at $22,990, but gets some extra spec in the form of a sports body kit, lowered sports suspension, Panther Black Metallic finish – and special 17-in black alloys to set it off.

The ‘black metal’ theme continues in the cabin with piano black bezels and door pulls, and black leather heated sports seats with silver contrast stitching, silver-piped floor mats, alloy sports pedals and stainless steel doorsill plates.

The German-built Fiesta Metal also boasts single zone climate control, keyless start, electrochromatic rear view mirror, automatic projector headlights with follow-me-home lighting, rain sensing wipers, cruise control and rear parking sensors.

Like the rest of the Fiesta range it gets a raft of dynamic and safety technology, including anti-lock brakes with electronic help to counter uneven loads, stability control plus side curtain/thorax and driver’s knee airbags.