Your Fiesta ST on stilts is served

Ford has unveiled the 2021 Puma ST, the spiciest iteration of the Puma crossover; we doubt there will ever be an RS badge slapped to the Fiesta-based small SUV that Ford assembles in Craiova, Romania. That said, here’s all you need to know about the new Ford Puma ST, which inherits the same 1.5-liter, three-cylinder powerplant Ford debuted in the Fiesta ST.

Interior

  • Recaro sports seats (heated and bolstered)
  • Miko Dinamica upholstery
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • ST gear knob
  • Metal Grey stitching
  • 456 liters of cargo space
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Ford SYNC 3 multimedia setup
2021 Ford Puma ST Interior
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There’s a lot of Fiesta ST inside the Puma ST, at least visually, which is only logical since the Puma is based on the Fiesta and the Puma ST in particular is just a fatter Fiesta sitting higher off the ground.

Concretely, your back will sit nicely tucked in courtesy of Recaro front seats and your hands will enjoy the touch of a flat-bottom steering wheel. There’s grey stitching all around the cabin and if you’re planning to turn your Puma ST into a weekend hauler for that short staycation, then the 456-liter boot will likely serve you and your family/friends well enough.

2021 Ford Puma ST Interior
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The Puma ST isn’t lagging behind on tech either, although the Ford SYNC 3 multimedia setup isn’t the crisper of the lot. You do get, however Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Exterior

  • Ford Performance splitter
  • Roof spoiler
  • Rear diffuser
  • Magnetite wheels
  • Six body colors
  • Black finishing
2021 Ford Puma ST Exterior
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Not exactly a plethora of changes on the outside for the Puma ST compared to the regular Puma. Ford did, however, made sure the ST is recognizable and easy to set apart from a run-of-the-mill Puma.

On that note, exterior changes are pretty much down to a new Ford Performance splitter mounted on the front bumper, a new roof spoiler, and a rear diffuser. Ford says the splitter boosts downforce on the front axle by “almost 80 percent,” while the other parts are there for better aerodynamics.

2021 Ford Puma ST Exterior
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There are also six new body colors available for the Puma ST, all combined with a gloss black roof, grille surrounds, roof spoiler and door mirror caps:

  • Agate Black
  • Desert Island Blue
  • Fantastic Red
  • Frozen White
  • Magnetic
  • Mean Green (which is an ST exclusive paint job)

Powertrain and Performance

  • 1.5-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine
  • 197 horsepower, 320 Newton-meters (236 pound-feet)
  • Cylinder deactivation tech
  • Six-speed manual gearbox
  • 0-100 kph (62 mph) takes 6.7 seconds
  • Top speed of 220 kph (137 mph)
  • 4 drive modes
2021 Ford Puma ST Drivetrain
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Right, the juicy stuff. If you can call a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder mill juicy in terms of performance. The one in the Puma ST makes the same amount of power as inside the Fiesta ST, so you get 197 horsepower to play with via your right foot.

2021 Ford Puma ST Exterior
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Torque is rated at 320 Newton-meters (that’s about 236 pound-feet, an increase from the Fiesta ST’s 290 Newton-meters/214 pound-feet rating) and for those moments of driving peacefulness, the engine can shut down one of the cylinders to save fuel - the Puma ST will be basically running on just two cylinders until further notice via your right foot.

Just like in the Fiesta ST, you’ll have to row your own gears - the Puma ST only comes with a six-speed manual transmission sending power to the front axle.

In this context, 0-100 kph (62 mph) takes 6.7 seconds (0.2 seconds slower than the Fiesta ST, but that’s most likely due to the difference in mass). Top speed is capped at 220 kph (137 mph). When you’re not gunning for high speed thrills, the Puma ST can help you find your sweet spot quicker with four pre-set driving modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, and Track.

Ford Puma ST Specifications
Ford Puma ST
Engine 1.5-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost
Horsepower 197 Horsepower
Torque (lb-ft) 236 Pound-feet
Transmission Six-speed Manual 
0-62 mph 6.7 s
Top Speed 137 mph

Final words

2021 Ford Puma ST Exterior
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It’s interesting to see who exactly is Ford targeting with the Puma ST and most importantly, how can a car that sits higher off the ground than the car it’s based on can be deemed as sporty, especially when your range also comprises the nippy and fun Fiesta ST?

Sure, we can’t judge its dynamical prowess (or lack of) while sitting in front of a screen and keyboard, so the first test drives with the Puma ST should tell us more about how well it live up to the ST badge it carries.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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