Ford Escort RS Turbo
1984-1990, 8604 produced.
Hatchback,3 doors,4 seats
Ford announced its all-new Mk III in 1980, the new car being the first Escort model to feature front wheel drive and a transverse mounted engine. Ford had by now mastered the marketing art of offering a whole range of engine and trim options, from base models to Ghia and sporting derivatives.
A "hot-hatch" version, the XR3, was available from the start and was followed by a much "hotter" limited edition version in 1983, the RS1600i. The RS1600i only lasted in production for the 1983 season, for 1984 Ford launched the new Escort RS Turbo.
The RS Turbo used a combination of a tuned 1.6 litre Escort engine and then added a Garrett Turbo. This package worked very well in the Escort and produced a healthy 132bhp, making it one of fastest Escorts.
To start with the RS Turbo came only in colour-coded White paintwork, in 1986 the whole Escort range received a facelift with the RS Turbo gaining alternative paint colours and ABS brakes. The RS Turbo was very successful for Ford, becoming a favourite with tuners and remained in production until 1990.
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Rack-and-pinion||Independent/Coil Springs||Independent/Coil Springs|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|125 mph||8.1 s||16.2 s||132 bhp 6000|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|226||Ford RS 1600 Turbo||Barons||16 Jun 2009||Not sold|
|054||Ford Escort RS Turbo||Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers||12 Mar 2008||Not sold|
|644||Ford Escort RS Turbo||Lambert & Foster||27 May 2004||-||-|
|006||Ford Escort RS Turbo Saloon||H&H Sales Limited||21 Feb 2004||£2800.00||-|
|Publication||Car Mechanics August 2011|
|Sporty Fords - From the '80s, ;90s, and '00s - To celebrate 100 years of Ford manufacture in the UK, we turn our attention to some of the special Fords that have already - or are about to - enter classic status. Prices of some models have shot through the roof and we recommend grabbing one before they cease to exist. ANDREW EVERETT is our blue oval guide.|
Buying Power - Ford Escort XR3i/RS1600i/RS Turbo
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 22 September 2005|
|Buying Power - Ford Escort XR3i/RS1600i/RS Turbo - RICHARD GUNN looks at buying the favourite fast Fords of the Eighties...the XR3 and RS models that are still popular drives today.|
MotorSport August 2002 pg 54
|Publication||MotorSport August 2002|
|Ford Escort RS Vs Fiat 131 Abarth. Slide Rulers. In the years between Stratos and Quattro, rallying was all about a pair of humdrum three-box family saloons. Doesn't sound great, does it? They became, however, two of the sport's most successful and iconic cars. John Davenport recalls their tail-happy dogfight for world honours.|