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Old 05-24-2000, 01:33 PM   #1
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If I remember correctly, those puma are built here in US and then ship to Europe.

I dont' mind getting that cutie car as daily driver.
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Old 05-24-2000, 03:51 PM   #2
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Those Puma's are great. Before i moved from UK to US a year ago i was just about to buy a Puma (Impreza Turbo would've been too expensive for me).

The Racing Puma mentioned is extremely limited edition. The showroom model comes in th 1.4 and 1.7. Neither are particularly fast (slower than RS) but boy are they fun!

I think the Puma's are getting discontinued in a few years time, something about Ford not being able to justify the cost.
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Old 05-24-2000, 03:54 PM   #3
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The Puma is built in Europe i think. It's the cougar (big brother of the Puma) which is built in the US and shipped over.
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Old 05-24-2000, 10:44 PM   #4
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IMO Ford should use this car instead of the Focus for Rallying. It looks a hell of alot better than a Focus. I like the looks of the Puma. I saw the back of one once on my way to Luxembourg from Trier. He had that thing wound out. Faster than a stock civic thats for sure.
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Old 05-24-2000, 11:01 PM   #5
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And Evo magazine (May 2000) said this

it's outright performance is lack lustre

it's the sort of car you steer around potholes - and that generally bodes ill for wet weather performance

lean harder though and the front quickly washes out, so a quick lap becomes an excercise in containing front end slip

Whoops......

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Old 05-25-2000, 12:03 AM   #6
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Post Puma vs Scooby thread at Evo forum.

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Old 05-25-2000, 12:10 AM   #7
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Evo cetianly thinks so. They rave about the Puma's handling any chance they get.

A little O\T, but does anyone in southern NY know where I can get Evo with any regularity??? Usually it is one month here one month there at any book store that I find it in??anyone--westchester area perferably thanks
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Old 05-25-2000, 12:54 AM   #8
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They are talking about the Ford Puma, a car based upon the Fiesta platform. SCC did an article on the Puma last year; I forget which month. I saw them a lot when I was working in Dublin; very cute looking, though not as convenient as say a Fiesta. But when you're dealing with cars that small, I guess it's not such a big deal, and the Puma's supposedly got better handling.

Anyway, Ford released a limited production Racing Puma at the beginning of the year. Kind of like the 22b, it is an upgraded Puma with big fenders and 17" wheels, and of course, a blue paint scheme like the Civic Si and Subaru's RBP.

It was in the February (I think) issue of Car magazine, and I saw an article on it on a BBC auto program. It makes about 150 hp, which is pretty good for such a small car, and while it's probably not as fast as a UK Impreza, it can handle as well or better. Plus it would be easier to park and drive on the roads over there.

The problem is Ford is selling it for something like 23,000 Pounds, about two grand more than an Impreza.

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Old 05-25-2000, 12:55 AM   #9
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Alright. Alright.
So the Puma isn't in the same league as the Impreza Turbo, never mind the 22B
However it is a lot cheaper to buy, to run and insurance is very reasonable (in standard form anyway).

Re FIA Rally, it wouldn't make any sense for Ford to use the Puma. It's too much of a niche car, and success in racing wouldn't translate to big enough sales boosts. Most if not all of the rally cars are mainstream models e.g. impreza, lancer, 206 etc.
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Old 05-25-2000, 12:58 AM   #10
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The regular Puma, if marketed here, would be snatched up by women. It looks kinda like a Sunbird.

But that limited edition - wow. Fender flares sure make a big character display, huh?
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