Detachment of the Sierra Cosworth
Even laypeople should recognize immediately that this is no ordinary escort. Be it the wide flared fenders, the additional ventilation slots on the hood or the front apron with fog lights and black front splitter – everything about this car looks about ten levels sportier than the normal Escort.
The huge rear wing was mandatory for the RS
THE distinguishing feature par excellence are neither the fenders on display nor the 16-inch five-spoke rims made by Ronal; but of course the gigantic rear wing.
The special model was only built 7145 times
Of the 7145 RS Cosworth built, however, only the first 2500 (until May 1994) vehicles are homologated models. This is because the Escort RS Cosworth received a small facelift for the 1995 model year, during which the engine was revised. From then on it was also possible to cancel the gigantic grand piano.
The turbocharger makes the difference
The biggest difference between the early homologation models and the later cars concerned the turbocharger. The Garrett T3/T04 supercharger installed at the beginning delivered a little more power, but also had a huge turbo lag before 3500 rpm. It was later traded for a smaller Garrett T25 that significantly improved drivability.
Thanks to the permanent all-wheel drive with 34/66 distribution, the manual RS, which weighs only 1275 kilos, sprinted to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds – still a top value today and a fabulous time for 1992. Ford gave 232 km/h as the top speed. h, without the big wing even 237 km/h should have been possible.
Just 349 kilometers in over 25 years
Unfortunately, the RS Cosworth has had a rather unexciting car life to this day. The first owner was a certain Graham Derek Goode, chairman of Goode Motors and now a proven RS specialist. Until 2010, however, the hot escort was mainly used for exhibition purposes and was hardly moved at all.
The second owner, a collector, practically never drove the Escort. So it is hardly surprising that more than 25 years after the first registration, the right-hand drive Escort has just 349 kilometers (217 miles) on the clock.
The fast Ford will cost over 175,000 euros
Incidentally, the question of a price comparison does not even arise with this car. Not only will there be a 99.9 percent probability that there will not be a second Ford Escort RS Cosworth in new condition; in Germany the offer of the RS Cosworth is practically non-existent.
Very occasionally, heavily modified models are offered at prices between 40,000 and 60,000 euros, very few of which are for sale in Germany. Against this background, 175,000 euros for a Ford Escort may seem incredibly high – but for collectors it is a unique opportunity!