Ford Escort MK3 RS 1600i

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Description

The third generation Escort (codenamed Erica) was launched in September 1980.

To compete with Volkswagen’s Golf GTI, a hot hatch version of the Mark III was developed – the XR3. Initially this featured a tuned version of the 1.6 L CVH engine fitted with a twin-choke Weber carburettor, uprated suspension and numerous cosmetic alterations. It lacked a five-speed transmission and fuel injection.

Fuel injection finally arrived in October 1982 (creating the XR3i), eight months behind the limited edition (8,659 examples), racetrack-influenced RS 1600i. The Cologne-developed RS received a more powerful engine with 115 PS (85 kW), thanks to computerized ignition and a modified head as well as the fuel injection.

The final performance update arrived in the form of the turbocharged 132 PS (97 kW) RS Turbo model in October 1984. The RS Turbo Series 1 was only marketed in a few European nations as production was limited to 5,000 examples, all in white. They were well equipped, with the alloy wheels from the limited production RS 1600i, Recaro seats, and a limited slip differential. One car only was finished in black – it was built especially for Lady Diana.

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Model

Ford Escort MK3 RS 1600i

Production

1982-1983

Segment

C

Doors

3

Layout

FWD

Engine Displacement

1596 cm3

Cylinders

L4

Induction

Naturally Aspirated

Fuel

Gasoline

Fuel System

Multipoint Injection

Power (hp)

115

Power (kw)

87

Power (@rpm)

@5750 rpm

Torque (Nm)

145

Torque (@rpm)

@4500 rpm

0-100km/h

9,0 sec

Top Speed (km/h)

191 km/h

Top Speed (mph)

119 mph

Consumption (lt/100km)

7,7

CO2 (g/km)

190 g/km

Gearbox

5 MT

Weight

0905 kg

Length

3970 mm

Width

1580 mm

Height

2393 mm

Wheelbase

2390 mm

Front Track

1390 mm

Rear Track

1430 mm

Boot Space

306

Tire Size

195/50 R15

Front Brakes

239 mm Ventilated Discs

Rear Brakes

178 mm Drums