IF YOU can’t afford the £1m or so required for a Bugatti Veyron or the £208,000 needed to secure a Ferrari 458 Speciale, you can always splash out £15,995 on the latest Fiesta powered by an engine that, in power-per-litre terms, Ford says is more powerful than either of them.
The Fiesta Zetec S Black and Red special edition models are, according to Ford, the most powerful 1-litre volume production cars ever made. Their tuned EcoBoost engine produces 136bhp from 999cc.
In comparison, the Ferrari 458 Speciale produces 133bhp per litre. However, that engine is naturally aspirated whereas the Fiesta’s is turbocharged making, says Ferrari, the comparison groundless.
Perhaps it’s why Ford didn’t mention that other Ferrari, the new California. Its turbocharged engine produces 143bhp per litre.
Like the Fiesta’s and the California’s, the Bugatti Veyron’s engine is turbocharged. Its W16 engine produces 123bhp per litre.
The upshot is that the little Fiestas sprint from 0-62mph in 9.0 seconds, impressive but considerably slower than the Ferrari’s 3.0 seconds and the Veyron’s 2.5 seconds.
However, neither car can match the Fiesta’s 62.8mpg.
As befits their names, the new special edition Fiestas come in a choice of Race Red or Panther Black with contrasting roofs and black alloy wheels. They also have sports suspension with tuned steering, and revised gearing.