The Ford Puma
was a small sports 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 built exclusively at Ford's Niehl
plant in Cologne
All Pumas are front-engined, front-wheel-drive, 3-door coupés with 4 seats. They came with alloy wheels as standard, (although the Ford Racing Puma was equipped with alloy wheels), with front disc
and rear drum brakes
.The car was based on the Mark 4 Ford Fiesta
, with new engines (codeveloped with Yamaha
), a new body, stiffer suspension and close-ratio gearbox, among other changes.
Pumas used a choice of four engine configurations: 1.4-litre , 1.6-litre , 1.7-litre VCT
, or the tuned 1.7-litre VCT (only used in the Ford Racing Puma), each of which used Ford's 16v Sigma engines
branded as Zetec
. The 1.7-litre engines used Nikasil
cylinder plating, which required a specific grade of oil
(5W30 semi-synthetic) to minimise mechanical wear.
All 1.7-litre-engined Pumas were equipped with low speed traction control
and anti-lock brakes
. The anti-lock braking system was optional to the 1.4 Pumas.
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... Read More