I Really, Really Want Ford To Build A Puma RS

Following the Ford Puma debut last week, a number of rendering artists have imagined different variations of the tiny crossover. This Puma RS, imagined by X-Tomi Design, is the best we’ve seen yet.

The likelihood of Ford building a high-performance version of the Puma with its ‘RS’ nameplate is exceptionally slim but if it did, the finished product could look the absolute business.

This rendering hypothesizes the Puma adorned with many of the styling elements found on the previous-gen Focus RS. For example, there are aggressive black front air intakes, black wheels, blue brake calipers, and a large wing stretching over the tailgate. The small crossover’s ride height has also been lowered and in this photo, it actually looks to be similar in size to the Focus RS but with a slightly less aggressive and more rounded design. We like it.

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Unfortunately, we have seen no indication from Ford that a Puma RS is even a remote possibility. The standard model is not at all about performance and it is sold exclusively with a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine with an electric motor. Power varies between 123 hp and 152 hp depending on which model customers opt for.

While a Puma RS isn’t on the cards, there is a new Ford Focus RS reportedly in the works. This new hot hatch will reportedly feature a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 370 hp and supplemented by a 48-volt starter/generator to provide an additional 30 hp. With figures of 400 hp and 425 lb-ft (576 Nm) of torque, the car will be a true rival to the new Mercedes-AMG A45.

  • Ben

    Actually looks really good.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Agreed. Will do well against the hi-po MINIs maybe?

  • ME

    I agree, BUILD IT!

  • charlotteharry57

    Well, I’ve given it a quiet week to decide what I think of this thing. Sorry, but to me it still looks totally dorky. Sure it’s a much better vehicle than the POS EcoSport, but Ford could have made it much better-looking.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Ford’s design language is currently, Sat too close to the fire.

  • Un Tipo Serio

    Cool, get a sports car with higher center of mass, more inertia in bends, worse aerodynamics and more expensive just to pretend to be a SUV. Nonsense, not a single good side despite of looks. This kind of cars are like the PowerBalance: a great method to identify dumb people.

    • Un Tipo Serio

      I can’t even get the point, it blows my tiny and limited mind. Get the name of a cool and sporty old coupe. Make it new as a SUV. Then make a sporty version. WTF?

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        Have you seen the HRV or the Toyota C-HR?

        • Un Tipo Serio

          Yes sir, but not a performance version of them, at least not like the Juke Nismo, for example. That’s my point, the meaningless existence of a “racing” SUV. I named those two brands because they are both in the way of making good small deportivos.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            They both used to be. Honda not so much recently.

          • Un Tipo Serio

            I’m no big fan of EVs, not until batteries become full recyclable, but to me these are
            a total win.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Concept cars usually are. Take a look at how the one on the right looks in production form.
            Awful, just awful.

          • Un Tipo Serio

            Haha, it’s not that bad… in the end it’s an utilitary. But yes, it again looks like functionality and beauty will never make peace.

          • exeptor

            For a second I wanted to reply with “no it is fine”, but then I just thought about it second time and you are absolutely right – the production (and what we have is still 95% of what the actual will be) looks kinda similar, but in a very bad way.

      • exeptor

        Market! Small sport coupes don’t really sell well, while crossovers do exceptionally good. And people want the look plus some subjective daily advantages.

        P.S. We have to admit that Ford doesn’t really plan to build RS version of this car … at least it is still not mentioned anywhere.

        • Un Tipo Serio

          Hope you’re right.

          But I have nothing against SUVs heh, in fact I own one myself. But not pretending it’s a race machine… neither I’d like it to be. Ground clearance and soft suspensions are not friends with hard stability, is what it is. A Puma RS would have the worst of both worlds.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Bravo sir!
      My thoughts exactly.

    • Dude

      I’d say it’s dumb to judge a car’s driving dynamics by a single picture 🤷‍♂️ especially when amazing SUVs like the Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Macan Turbo exist

  • J-Triumf

    Looks better than the new Focus, but still way too tall.

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  • Paul

    I wish they would but that face looks like it belongs in the Cars movie.

  • SteersUright

    Could not agree more. An affordable alternative to a Macan or Stelvio. Would be an awesome addition to the Ford performance lineup, provided they brought it here to the states too.

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