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Ford Escort RS2000

Ford Escort RS2000

Ford was famous for its rally cars of the 1970s, and its RS2000 was the most prominent and successful European rally car of the era, and soon became a performance road car. It shared the basic mechanicals of other MkII Escorts, with MacPherson struts at the front and a live axle rear on leaf springs. Although lowered and uprated, little else was done to the suspension. Externally it was a different matter, with a small trunk spoiler, matt black fenders and grille, a sloping nose cone with spoiler and quad lights, and the classic Ford RS four-spoke alloys. The engine was a derivative of the American 'Pinto' unit, and was called such. Although used in other Fords, the RS got a slightly increased compression ratio and free-flowing exhaust so was more powerful. Inside it used Recaro seats with fishnet headrests and had a short-throw shifter which made gear-changing a blast.

Ford Escort RS2000 Specifications

Top speed:108 mph (173 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):8.7 sec
Engine type:In-line four
Displacement:122 ci (1,993 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:110 bhp (74 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque:119 lb ft (161 Nm)@ 4,000 rpm
Weight:2,035 lb (925 kg)
Economy:25 mpg (8.9 km/I)
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