Ford’s box-fresh Fiesta ST is one of the best performance cars you can buy right now, with an engaging character filled with charm and corner-carving ability.

While its dynamic ability thrilled us during our first drive, we also took the pocket rocket hot hatch to the dragstrip to find out exactly how quick it is in the real world.

Side stepping launch control, we piloted the Fiesta ST to 100km/h from a standstill in 6.7 seconds before going on to finish the quarter-mile dash in 14.9 seconds at 154.8km/h. Ford’s official acceleration claim for the Fiesta ST is 6.5 seconds.

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That’s not too shabby for a $32,290 hatchback, weighing in at 1208kg and powered by an energetic 147kW/290Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo.

Conditions at Heathcote Park Raceway were hot and greasy, with an ambient temperature of 31 degrees and an unprepared track. Representative of what most Australian drivers would experience during a Summer drive.

Managing wheelspin is the secret to nailing the best time possible, with your level of throttle-pedal finesse directly impacting the amount of axle tramp that ensues.

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Get the balancing act right and it launches effectively, get it wrong and you’ll be left in the dust by many at the traffic light grand prix. The margin for error is incredibly thin.

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