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Ford Escort XR3i & RS1600i 1981-1993

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Ford Escort XR3i  Mk3 Ford Escort XR3i
1985 Ford Escort XR3i  1985 Ford Escort XR3i
Mk3 Ford Escort XR3i  Ford Escort XR3i
Ford Escort XR3i  Mk4 Ford Escort XR3i
Mk5 Ford Escort XR3i  Ford Escort XR3i

Ford Escort XR3i (1983-1986)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
118
0-50 mph
6.1
0-60 mph
8.6
1/4 mile
16.7
0-1 km
30.9
BHP
105 @6000rpm
Torque lbft
101 @4800rpm
BHP per ton
114
Engine capacity CC/CU
1596/97
Engine type
Straight 4 Fuel Injection
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
9.5:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 8
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual
No of speeds
5
Wheels driven
FWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Drum
No. of Seats
4/5
Length (in)
159.8
Width (in)
62.5
Height (in)
52.6
Kerb Weight (lbs)
2027

Additional Info: The XR3i was preceded by the 1981-1983 carburetted 96bhp XR3 (0-60 in 9.2 secs) and also ran along side for a while with the RS1600i (see below). The 1986 facelift Mk4 was slightly heavier and slightly slower (0-60 in 9.5, 1/4 mile in 17.2). The 1992-1993 Mk5 was again heavier, available with the 105bhp engine and a 130bhp version which brought performance back to 0-60 in 8.5.

 

Ford Escort RS1600i

Ford Escort RS1600i (1981-1984)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
118
0-60 mph
8.7
1/4 mile
16.7
0-1 km
29.7
BHP
115 @6000rpm
Torque lbft
106 @5250rpm
BHP per ton
123
Engine capacity CC/CU
1596/97
Engine type
Straight 4 Fuel Injection
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
9.9:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 8
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual
No of speeds
5
Wheels driven
FWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Drum
No. of Seats
4/5
Length (in)
159.8
Width (in)
62.5
Height (in)
51.6
Kerb Weight (lbs)
2050

Additional Info: The RS1600i was a modified version of the XR3. Fuel Injection was added and other engine enhancements were made. The suspension was upgraded and it has larger front and rear spoilers.