Ford’s fan-favourite, the Fiesta ST hot hatch, now has a high-riding sibling, with the actualization of Europe’s 2021 Puma ST.
Under the beanie is the above 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol agent as the Fiesta ST, bearing 147kW of ability and 320Nm of torque (up from 290Nm in the hatch) from 2500-3500rpm.
Drive is beatific to the advanced auto through a six-speed chiral transmission, enabling a 6.7-second dart from aught to 100km/h – 0.2 abnormal slower than the accompanying hatch. A beneath final drive arrangement sees top acceleration abatement from 232km/h in the Fiesta ST to 220km/h in the heavier, beneath aerodynamic Puma ST.
Cylinder deactivation technology – which can shut off or restart a butt in aloof 14 milliseconds – enables an estimated NEDC (equivalent to Australian standards) accumulated ammunition abridgement amount of 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres.
Chassis and achievement upgrades to bout the Puma ST’s added balance over its approved stablemates accommodate an accessible Quaife automated limited-slip differential, brake-based torque vectoring, stiffer ‘force-vectoring’ springs with twin-tube anchored dampers, 25 per cent faster electric ability steering, and beyond brakes, barometer 325mm up advanced and 271mm at the rear.
Ford claims a 50 per cent access in acerbity for the Puma ST’s rear torsion-beam abeyance over the accepted Puma, akin with 24mm advanced and 28mm rear anti-roll bars.
Four drive modes are on offer, which alter the agent mapping, burke response, absorption and adherence control, ability council weight and the sports exhaust’s capricious valve – which Ford claims is about one decibel quieter than that of a Fiesta ST – depending on the approach selected.
Eco adjusts all ambit to maximise ammunition economy, Normal sets up the Puma ST for “natural admiration and a affiliated feel”, Sport sharpens burke acknowledgment and opens the bankrupt valve, while Track sees all settings placed into their best hardcore modes, absorption ascendancy is disabled and adherence ascendancy is set to a ‘wide-slip’ mode.
A Achievement Pack will be offered in European markets, abacus barrage ascendancy and the above Quaife limited-slip advanced differential.
Like its Focus ST and Fiesta ST range-mates, beheld differences amid the Puma ST and the accepted Puma ST-Line are almost minor.
Upgrades up advanced accommodate a ST-badged grille, appearance atramentous advanced air assimilation inserts and a atramentous advanced splitter – with the extreme claiming to access front-end downforce by 80 per cent – while appear the ancillary and rear there’s a beyond rear roof spoiler, new lower rear diffuser, bifold bankrupt tips and 19-inch admixture auto captivated in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres.
The roof, trim, ancillary brim accents, mirror caps and roof addle-brain are all accomplished in appearance black, while six colours are on offer: Agate Black, Desert Island Blue, Fantastic Red, Frozen White, Magnetic (grey) and the ST-specific Mean Green hue.
Inside, highlights accommodate heated, ST-embossed Recaro sports seats akin in Miko Dinamica suede, a flat-bottomed leather-wrapped council wheel, ST-badged accessory knob, Ford Performance-branded axle plates, and Metal Blah adverse bond throughout.
The car will additionally activity an ‘ST’ logo assimilate the arena from the power-folding mirrors back the agent is unlocked.
The approved Puma’s 12.3-inch agenda apparatus array and 8.0-inch Sync 3 infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto backpack over, with the accession of ST-specific start-up screens and apparatus array cartoon for the barrage ascendancy function.
Other autogenous appearance accommodate wireless smartphone charging, a acrimonious windscreen, advanced and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, an alternative Bang & Olufsen complete system, and an 80-litre ‘MegaBox’ accumulator amplitude beneath the attic of the 456-litre boot.
Available assurance technologies accommodate free emergency braking, rear cross-traffic active with braking functionality, automated parking, a acceleration limiter, and abutment for the FordPass Connect app, acceptance the buyer to accidentally unlock/lock their Puma ST, acquisition its area and more.
The 2021 Ford Puma ST will barrage in Europe after this year, with prices in the UK to alpha from £28,495 (AU$51,430, or £3295/AUD$5950 added than the flagship ‘ST-Line X Vignale’ brand in Britain).
Sadly, the Puma ST isn’t apprenticed for Australian shores – admitting bounded buyers’ appetite for achievement SUVs – with Ford Australia acknowledging there are “no plans” for the archetypal Bottomward Under. The abridgement of an automated transmission, no doubt, authoritative its affairs all the added remote.
The non-performance Puma ambit – powered by a 92kW/170Nm 1.0-litre turbo akin to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated – touches bottomward in Australian showrooms after this month, priced from $31,990 drive-away.