The announcement by Ford that the all-new Fiesta ST (which is no longer bound for South Africa) would feature a three-cylinder engine certainly set the cat among the pigeons. More then a few fans believed this change in configuration would be a step backwards for the hot hatch.

Subsequent international reviews, however, have made clear that the new three-pot hot hatch is indeed a true contender. Now, thanks to CarWow, we finally have a clearer look at how much faster the new ST is than its turbocharged 1,6-litre four-cylinder predecessor.

The previous generation seen in the video delivers 134 kW and 290 N.m of torque to the front wheels, a bit less than the new model's 147 kW and matched 290 N.m. We think it may have been better matched against the limited Fiesta ST 200, which boasts 147 kW and 320 N.m of torque. Perhaps that's a video opportunity for another time...