The Ford Puma was a strong competitor on the small coupe market.
Sharing the chassis with the smaller Fiesta, the Puma was longer and the steering and handling were improved to offer a great sporty experience.
Ford worked hard on designing the Puma and they managed to achieve a distinctive look that turned many heads.
From the front, the Puma had an aggressive look, with the beautifully designed headlamps, while from the back, each stoplight had 3 lights that perfectly matched the sporty nature.
Aggressively marketed, the Puma reached the hearts of the young buyers, which was exactly the target market.
Ford’s aim was to create a car with exceptional performance and a unique design.
The Puma was available with 4 different engines: 1.4-liter with 90 hp, 1.6-liter with 103 hp, 1.7-liter with 1.7 and the most powerful, the 1.7-liter Ford Racing Zetec-SE that developed 155 hp.
As not only the ponies under the hood matter for great performance, the small coupe weighed around 1,040 kg, thus the Puma had a quick response to acceleration.
With the 1.7-liter engine, the Puma would accelerate to 100 kph in around 8.6 seconds and from 48 to 112 km/h in 8.8 seconds.