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Hot new Ford Puma ST confirmed for 2020 unveiling - Autocar
Performance version of compact SUV is expected to share 197bhp turbo three-pot with Fiesta ST
Ford has confirmed that a hot ST version of its new Puma crossover will arrive later this year. A preview image - the first official acknowledgement of the models existence - suggests the Hyundai Kona N rivals performance-inspired bodywork will bear a strong resemblance to recently spotted prototypes of the model. 2020 Ford Puma ST: hot crossover seen without disguise The image gives little away as to how the Puma ST will be told apart from the standard car, but the wheels are of a similar design to those of the Fiesta ST, with which it will likely share its powertrain. This 1.5-cylinder three-cylinder engine puts out 197bhp and 214lb ft, enough to send the hot supermini from 0-62mph in 6.7sec and on to a top speed of 144mph. The larger, higher-riding Puma will likely make some slight performance sacrifices. Prototypes seen lapping the Nürburgring sported a prominent lower bodykit that extended around the car from a splitter-style front bumper to a new rear bumper that houses twin tailpipes. Additional upgrades look to include lower, stiffer suspension and bigger brake discs, while an optional limited-slip differential, selectable driving modes and a launch control function will likely be available. The Puma is the third model in Fords European line-up to receive an ST version and the brands first hot SUV to launch here. It will take on the similarly conceived Hyundai Kona N and Hyundai HR-V in the developing performance compact SUV segment. Read more 2020 Ford Puma road test Ford: No plans for a fourth-generation Focus RS Ford Puma ST-Line X 2020 UK review
Autocar Lunchbox: A jacked-up Jaguar, Ford Sierra supercar and more - Autocar
We round up our hottest stories, pictures and videos for you to devour in your lunch break
VIDEO OF THE DAY Expensive donuts The £300,000 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge edition has a 6.75-litre V12 engine making 600bhp and despite its incredibly luxury is capable of going from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds and on to an electronically-limited 155mph top speed. Which leaves us wondering just one thing: Will It Drift? PHOTO OF THE DAY A spot of Golf Volkswagen hasn't officially unveiled its hardcore Golf R flagship hot hatch yet, but the wraps have already come off this prototype that our testers papped at the Nurburgring. Tell-tale R design cues include quad tailpipes at the rear, an enlarged lower air intake and an R-specific wheel design covering performance brakes with blue-painted callipers. Also visible in these new images is a bespoke, performance-oriented seat design with coloured inserts. New 2020 Volkswagen Golf R unwrapped for Nurburgring tests QUOTE OF THE DAY Off the beaten track "Having finally driven Jaguars roofless rally car, which was basically a present to itself on the 70th birthday of the XK120, the model that was both a game-changing sports car and a competitive rally machine, I now know the F-Type Convertible is unsuited to rallying for two main reasons." Hmm, a rally-prepped Jaguar. And not even one that's based on the high-riding F-Pace 4x4. Can a raised and rugged F-Type Convertible possibly demonstrate some off-road prowess, and make us grin in the process? Does it even really matter? Here's what we thought when we drove it last year.