The Ford Puma ST Gold is a prized special edition despite the price hike, which is the main reason the car loses half a star compared to its regular sibling. Performance and practicality are identical, but the ST Gold and limited-production style add-ons provide a level of exclusivity that some fast Ford enthusiasts are willing to pay extra for.
Fast Ford fans are among the most loyal in the world. They love their products and Ford knows this, and that’s how the Puma ST Gold brand came about.
Born out of “experimentation in human-centered design” online, Ford has allowed enthusiasts to choose the specs of the special edition Puma ST, achieving this.
There are a number of different specs points for passengers to choose from, with more than 275,000 voting in social media polls. These include the ST Gold paint color, which, contrary to its name, is black; 56 percent chose this color, while three-quarters chose red brake calipers sitting behind a beautiful set of 19-inch matt gold alloy wheels.
The gray seat belt stitching and exterior graphics proved to be the most popular, and they gave the Puma ST Gold a subtle upgrade inside and out compared to the regular model. The contrasting black paint and gold alloy really set the look.
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At £32,595, it’s an expensive machine that some won’t see worth compared to the standard £29,260 Puma ST, which has the same kit level, but for those looking for exclusivity, this limited-speed car offers just that.
Otherwise, it’s generally identical to the regular Puma ST, meaning it’s powered by the same 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine that pumps out 197bhp and 320Nm of torque for a 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds.
Feels fast and fierce, turbo boosts quickly from low revs and sometimes overwhelms the front tire in tough conditions. However, equipped with the Performance package as standard (£950 option on the standard Puma ST) and equipped with a limited slip diff, traction is still great.
Engine torque hits hard to take advantage of this and the ST delivers strong mid-range performance. However, like the regular Fiesta ST and Puma hot SUV, both of which use this engine, it runs out of urgency as the revs go up towards the limiter.
The soundtrack also sounds a little higher-edged, but where the engine does its best job (and how likely you’ll be driving it the most) the deep yet characterful soundtrack it produces, the burbling exhaust, dispels any idea that a three-cylinder engine means an important, boring note. and budget. Select Track mode and the engine sound enhancer provides deeper sound.
Like all hot modern Fords, the ST Gold’s steering is very fast and very direct, to the point where it might surprise you because it’s an SUV. Sometimes, in a high-speed car like this, the fast steering can cause a roll as the chassis struggles to keep up, but not with the Puma ST.
The support the suspension offers is brilliant, but still allows for weight transfer so a little accelerator in corners will make the car’s lines feel tighter – but more importantly, it provides a good connection to the car and a lot of fun over a longer period of time. practical package.
This means the ST Gold is on the solid side, but it just goes with the character of the car – but it’s not comfortable. On the bumpy road you will be shaken in the sports seat, which puts you in a wonderful driving position; not too high despite the compact SUV proportions.
There’s noticeable body movement, but for a performance-focused model, the ST does its best to filter out a good level of surface-spewing dirt.
Efficiency is fine, at claimed CO2 emissions of 41.5mpg and 155g/km, and the ST Gold receives much of the standard kit. These include Ford’s eight-inch SYNC3 infotainment setup with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, heated seats and heated steering wheel, 12.3-inch digital dashboard, temperature and cruise control, front and rear parking. sensors, LED headlights, plus enough safety kit to make it competitive as a family car.
Practicality hasn’t changed compared to the standard model, meaning it’s a bit cramped at the rear for this size and class of car, but that’s acceptable, while the MegaBox’s luggage storage function is a clever idea that allows for spills (or storage of wet or dirty items). item) from a 456 liter boot.
For the limited number of buyers (production numbers not yet disclosed) who will receive the car we’re sure to be quite pleased with the addition of Ford Performance’s public vote.
|Model:||Ford Puma ST Gold|
|Machine:||1.5 liter petrol turbo 3 cylinder|
|Transmission:||Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive|