Ford launches first Performance SUV in Europe, built in Craiova

US carmaker Ford officially launched the new Ford Puma ST, its first Performance SUV in Europe. The Puma ST is built at Ford’s factory in Craiova, southern Romania. This model is the most powerful car ever made in Romania, and Ford has chosen the breathtaking high-altitude road Transfagarasan as the stage for the first ride, according to

The new Ford Puma ST delivers 200 PS, 6.7-second 0-100 km/h acceleration, unique-in-segment mechanical LSD option, and drive modes from Eco to Track for ultimate versatility.

“Enhanced with sophisticated Sports Technologies including a unique-in-segment limited-slip differential (LSD) option and patented force vectoring springs, Puma ST also features selectable Drive Modes including Sport mode and – for the first time on a Ford Performance vehicle – Eco mode; providing drivers with options for a wide range of road driving scenarios,” reads Ford’s description of this new model.

The Puma ST is powered by a 200 PS 1.5‑litre EcoBoost engine delivering 0‑100 km/h (0‑62 mph) acceleration in 6.7 seconds. An optimized chassis features bespoke twist-beam, anti-roll bar, and damper configurations. Steering responses are 25 percent faster, and brakes are 17 percent larger than on the standard Puma. Specially-developed Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires also help deliver the most agile Ford SUV driving experience yet.

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