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Discussion in 'Capri Chit Chat' started by Daz-RSK, 13 September 2016.

  1. Daz-RSK

    Daz-RSK Registered Capri Power Member

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    May 1981, the launch of the 2.8i Capri from Ford, which brought with it some stonking performance for its day. Excluding all the special models for the race track, rally stages or just purely exotic, which were either bespoke motors or very limited run production (sub 500 units), the 2.8i became the fastest mass production 0-60 model Ford had produced to that date.

    The RS3100 was a shade quicker to the benchmark but with a production run of 250 units, this would hardly make this mainstream. However, that said, joining the RS3100, the 2.8i Capri now became one of the prestigious sub 8 sec to 60 mainstream club, with the 4 speed clocking in a whisker under, by a tenth of second.

    Huge performance in 1981 that only something German or Italian could beat in mainstream form.

    In the last 35 years, which other mainstream Ford models could crack the 8 secs to 60 ? Model / series / engine. See how many you can name ?
     
  2. PaulG

    PaulG Registered Capri Power Member

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    Fiesta RS Turbo, Escort RS turbo, Sierra Sapphire Cosworth, Focus ST, Mondeo ST, probably Mustangs, Fiesta ST, probably Aussie Falcon XR's and probably more.
     
  3. Daz-RSK

    Daz-RSK Registered Capri Power Member

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    Yes, some good ones there Paul. :thumbup1:

    Actually, contrary to popular belief, the RS Turbo Escort never made the benchmark any quicker than 8.2s - both S1 and S2 versions. Obviously, most were breathed on, so would crack 8s, but the factory car did not. I know the Capri was quicker because my wife had an standard S1 RS and very unscientifically, the 2.8i left it. She said she wasn't trying. Anyhooo, the book doesn't lie.


    The reason I raise this is a good one. It demonstrates what an accolade the Capri had and actually, whilst you say more, you've certainly broken the back of most of them.

    I have, however, made a slight freudian slip in my question. Doh! I couldn't tell you all the world Ford cars specs - this is for European stuff. So whilst I am sure there are Aussie Falcons and previous version Mussies that are very quick, let's look at Europe. I just don't know what all the specs that were offered across the world with some of these V8's. I would hazard a guess that given their size and the poor powered V8's they actually did have, the Capri would run rings around most anyway, until more recent years. 2 tons of motor needs north of 250bhp to be quick. But that said, there was some muscle in other parts of the wrold built by the blue oval.

    So the European contingent - chronologically, I'll follow on from 1981 with the next 1980's European Ford's:-


    1983 - 85 Sierra XR4i 2.8i - 7.7s
    1986/87 Sierra RS Cossie 3dr - 6.5s
    1988-1990 Sierra RS Sapph 2WD - 6.1s



    Quite good company this old cart spring, live axle rocket entertains.
     
  4. MarkW

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    stueecat Registered Capri Power Member

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  6. Daz-RSK

    Daz-RSK Registered Capri Power Member

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    Some good versions there and good quick motors. :thumbup1: But.......most of those were limited run machines that were built for a short period for homologation. :) I am not saying any of those are wrong - but the 2.8i was never made for the track, was never made for the rally stage, produced for years, produced in volume. That was what I was trying to get to - which mass produced Ford Europe cars are quicker in the last 35 years.
     
  7. Daz-RSK

    Daz-RSK Registered Capri Power Member

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    Certainly take those 2. Mass produced motors.

    Also, Mark mentioned above the

    1990-92 Sierra 4x4 Cossie - 5.6s
     

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