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I'm somewhat embarrassed to say it but the other day on take off I had trouble getting the better of a guy in a Puma!? Once I hit about 60 I destroyed him but until then it was ropey. It was a rolling start and I prob should've changed down from 3rd to 2nd.

I'm assuming it was a 1.7 by the way, I sincerely hope it wasn't a 1.4!!!

I know they prob weigh half a Golf anyway too...
 

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dont know irish.on reverse of that.is a mazda mx6 quick.had some bloke with four people in his trying to show off i guess.my golf played all over him all the way through the gears.i was shocked and so was he.
 

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You should get an A4 page and print on big black letters the word "get some TORQUE" and when someone like that tries it again, just wave the page on a little stick at them.

I think that'd be funny.
 

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If it was a Puma racing..the car would have been a bright blue color(only colour they did) and wider track with flared wheelarches.; more likely a standard 1.7 model. The power/torque figs are 123bhp at 6300rpm and 116lb/ft at 4500rpm. Kerbweight..1038kg. Power/weight ratios are almost [email protected]/ton. In separate "What Car" tests, they recorded 0-60 as 8.6s for Puma and 8.5s for Golf.
 

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Nice info there matt, those special edition Puma's are very nice on the eye and the handle superb and 160 BHP from a NA car is pretty nice. Nearly got one about a year ago... glad i got the force induced beast cos tuning is so much more fun [:D]

Have to say irish it sounds like a 1.7 as i had a similar experience to you.... was a bit of a shock to me too.
 

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The standard 1.7 Puma's are suprisingly quick, and very nimble. A lad at work has a Y-reg one... and although cramped, is a hoot to drive, and be driven in [:D]
 

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The Puma has brilliant handling. I had one for about a week and had it airborne twice[:D].

The suspension is long-travel with good dampers. Slamming this car would ruin the set-up.
 

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Shame that when you turn the air con on the car behaves like a 1.4 Fiesta!

Other than that, a reasonable handling and fairly quick car.

Similar performance figures to mine (although I think mine has a power to weight ratio of 120bhp/tonne)

Irish, got 2 words for you.... GET REVO

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Nah it wasn't a racing one. I'd know one to see. Only consolation was that my turbo ensured he got smaller in my mirror after 60mph...

Yeh Josh you may be right!!
 

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Sorry guys, only just logged on.

The Puma 1.7 can stay with quite a few fast cars up to 60 or so - they are really light and rev like mad. I'm sure mine could match my TT to 60 [;)]

Also bear in mind that although the Puma has 27bhp less than you, it weighs 200kg less

If you're doing 70 or 80mph though the Puma is pretty slow - the turbo of the Golf would kick the Puma's ass

As for "reasonable handling" - its possibly one of the best handling FWD cars ever made and driven well would leave a standard GTI for dust on the twisties [}:)]
 

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Agree with Tobmob..... the best handling and weighted car ive ever driven. Positively pee's all over all the MK4's ive driven.
 

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I have to agree to. The GF has one (slightly modded) and it's quite fun to drive fast along country lane. Shame the brakes aren't up to it but we've changed them for Mondeo V6 stuff [8D]
 

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My Dad has a 1.7 Puma, and the standard BHP is 125bhp.

I drive it every now and again, and it is quite nippy in the low rev range, and it handles well, but higher up in the revs, my Golf is a lot more effortless.
 

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Originally posted by Irish GTI

I know who'll have the last laugh when I go to get resale value though!
Ooohh I dont know Irish, they dont make the Pumas anymore - they are holding their values very well as there aren't any new ones to force second hand prices down
 

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Yeah, the value's of Puma's second is very good. My Dad got his imported from Europe, and if he was to sell it on second hand, he would only lose a couple of grand, and he has had the car three years now I think?

Prices will continue to hold until Ford bring out another small coupe probably.
 
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