The Ford Puma was launched in June 1997 and was available in Europe until 2001. The Ford Puma was built at Ford's plant in Cologne, Germany and was one of the only Fords at the time to have a waiting list.
The Puma was initially available with a 1.7 litre engine that was developed with Yamaha. The 1.7 produced 123bhp using variable camshaft timing that provided a great free-revving driving experience.
In January 2008 a 1.4 Zetec engine was made available producing 89 bhp, it may have been down on power on the 1.7 but helped to keep the fun driving experience of the Puma alive.
It was always thought that the Puma chassis could handle more power and in October 1999 Ford released the limited edition Ford Racing Puma that delivered 152bhp. The Ford Racing Puma offered wider sportier bodywork, fantastic figure hugging Sparco seats, uprated suspension, 17in alloy wheels and stop on a six pence Alcon brakes. Ford hand planned to release 1000 Racing Pumas but production was in fact limited to 500. Unfortunately the staggering price tag of £23,000 put many people off due to the high mark up on the existing Puma models.
The 1.4 engine was replaced in October 2000 with a more powerful 1.6 unit that offered 101bhp.
The Puma was based on the Ford Fiesta's underpinnings and provided the best small coupe on the market.
Production of Ford's best selling small coupe ended in 2001.
Two exciting new Puma specific motorsport championships have been announced ready for the 2014 season. Go to the Puma Cup UK and Puma Trophy pages for more information.