The Ford Puma was a small coupé produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1997 to 2001 (although some were first registered in the UK as late as 2002), for sale in Europe. The Puma was solely built at Ford's Niehl plant in Cologne, Germany.
All Pumas were front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 3-door (driver, passenger and rear hatchback) coupés with 4 seats. They had 15-inch (380 mm) alloy wheels, and front disc and rear drum brakes.
Puma came in four versions over the years:1.4 90 bhp (67 kW; 91 PS) , 1.6 103 bhp (77 kW; 104 PS) , 1.7 VCT 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp), and 1.7 Ford Racing VCT 155 PS (114 kW; 153 hp) each of which powered by Ford's 16v Sigma engines branded as Zetec-S. The car was based on the Ford Fiesta with new engines (from Yamaha), a new body and modified suspension, as well as other changes. 1.7 Pumas came with Ford's Variable Camshaft Timing (VCT) system, and both low speed TCS (traction control system) and ABS (anti-lock braking system). ABS was not fitted as standard to the 1.4 Pumas, but was available as an option.
Weighing approximately 1,100 kg (2,400 lb), without optional accessories, the 1.7 125 PS version accelerated from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 8.8 seconds, and could accelerate from 30 to 70 mph (48 to 112 km/h) in 8.8 seconds.
Ford Racing Puma (ST160)
Ford Racing Puma
Quantity Produced: 500 (all numbered on inlet manifold) Years available: 1999(V) to 2000(X)
The Ford Racing Puma was created by the Ford Rally specialist team at Boreham, lead by Peter Beattie. The production run was initially pencilled to run for 1000 units, 500 destined for the German market, 500 for the UK. All conversions were carried out by Tickford, Daventry UK. The vehicle featured a modified version of the 1.7 Zetec-S engine which produced 155 bhp (116 kW) and 119 ft·lbf (161 N·m) of torque. It could also accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.9 seconds. As well as this there were other modifications including wider bodywork and track front and rear...