Skip advert
Advertisement

Racing Puma

With bulging aluminium wheelarches, a deep front spoiler and 17-inch multispoke alloy wheels, the Racing version is certainly a head turner.

Given the chance, most keen drivers would pounce on the opportunity to drive a Racing Puma. Only 500 of these special coupés were produced, each one hand-assembled by legendary coachbuilder Tickford.

With bulging aluminium wheelarches, a deep front spoiler and 17-inch multispoke alloy wheels, the Racing version is certainly a head turner. Inside, large Sparco racing seats and blue Alcantara trim help distract you from the humble Fiesta-sourced dashboard.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Look beneath the muscular bodywork, and all thoughts of superminis will be banished.

The 1.7-litre powerplant has been tweaked to produce 155bhp, the car’s track is widened, Alcon brakes fitted and power transmitted to the front wheels via a limited-slip differential.

Behind the wheel, you’re treated to an intoxicating driving experience. The steering is superbly accurate, body roll is virtually non-existent and grip is near limitless. Accelerate hard, and the exhaust barks like a rally car, while the big, race-specification brakes are stunningly effective and full of feel.

Despite this, the Racing Puma wasn’t deemed a success. Its asking price of £23,000 put off buyers who could have a standard car for less than £15,000. Still, even this black mark fails to stop the Puma from making it into our top 10.

* Performance: 3/5
* Heritage: 2/5
* Style: 4/5
* Driver appeal: 5/5

Vote for your favourite fast Ford here, in our exclusive reader survey

Details

Model tested: Racing Puma
Chart position: 10

Skip advert
Advertisement
In this review
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Car Deal of the Day: stylish Peugeot 2008 is a steal at an incredible £142 a month
Peugeot 2008 facelift - full front
News

Car Deal of the Day: stylish Peugeot 2008 is a steal at an incredible £142 a month

Buyers can snap up the Peugeot 2008 small SUV at a bargain price; it’s our Car Deal of the Day for 10 April at just £142 a month
10 Apr 2024
Alfa Romeo Milano 2024 preview: walkaround, specs and full details
Alfa Romeo Milano - front 3/4 static
News

Alfa Romeo Milano 2024 preview: walkaround, specs and full details

Alfa Romeo re-entered the small SUV sector with the new Milano offered in pure electric and petrol forms
13 Apr 2024
New Kia Sorento 2024 review: a good car just got even better
Kia Sorento - front
Road tests

New Kia Sorento 2024 review: a good car just got even better

The popular seven-seat Kia Sorento SUV gets a new look, and a lower starting price
10 Apr 2024