Revo delivers 262hp Fiesta ST upgrade

New Performance Pack offers significant power hike while retaining all standard fit emissions hardware

By Sam Sheehan / Friday, January 15, 2021 / Loading comments

Revo is among the nation's most well-known tuners when it comes to the job of extracting more power from the current crop of performance cars. News that it has extracted 262hp from the current Fiesta ST's three-cylinder engine is therefore more exciting than it is shocking. But dig a little deeper - or speak to the firm's sales manager, Paul Farenden, as we did – and the achievement is all the more impressive when you consider that this has not only been achieved with the standard head and manifold, but also while retaining the factory-fit particulate filter. You know, the one that conforms to the power-strangling EU regulations. 

And given that 2021 represents the third year on sale for the ST – meaning of course that the first MOT beckons – it’s a notable selling point for Revo's latest kit. Alongside the fact that it's right up there with the most potent tuning alternatives currently on the market, having been achieved via fitment of a new air intake system, an upgraded intercooler and pipework, as well an ECU remap to make the most of it all. The 62hp upgrade is joined by 291lb ft of torque, a jump of 77lb ft over the already pretty tractable Ford setup.

Farenden noted that this is pretty close to the inline triple’s limits, simply because the manufacturer uses an integrated head-manifold design that comes with a technical ceiling. The previous car's 1.6-litre four-cylinder could take a higher-spec manifold so power was taken beyond 300hp in that application by Revo; those wanting to extract more from Ford’s triple will need to spend big to achieve it. As such, Revo hasn’t investigated going beyond its latest Performance Pack offering because there’s unlikely to be a real market for it. And anyway, we doubt anyone will be complaining about 260hp in a front-drive hatch as playful as the latest ST…

Revo’s Performance Pack costs £1,515 for the whole lot, or £1,037 if your car has already been treated to the firm’s Stage 1 upgrades. Farenden said that the first stage kit is actually the one to provide the biggest initial gain, with 240hp extracted using only software enhancements. The additional pack provides the hardware required to go beyond that, while keeping the aforementioned filter in place. This means that to all intents and purposes – including a test in the MOT bay – a Revo Performance Pack ST needn’t look anything other than totally standard. The development car you see pictured is obviously the firm’s flashy demonstrator.

While most of Revo’s customers buy its VW Group products – which include upgrade parts for the ubiquitous turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pot as well as Audi’s 2.5-litre inline five – Farenden expects significant demand for the new Fiesta product. The British firm still sells plenty of components for the Mk7 alongside the shiny new ones that now dominate Revo's website. Interestingly, the Mk5 Golf GTI remains one of Revo’s most catered for vehicles – a trend that suggests the tuner won’t struggle for business as 2030 approaches. Here's to that.

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