In a nostalgic moment of sorts, Ford has brought the Sierra RS Cosworth to the Geneva Motor Show. Exactly 30 years ago in 1985, the car made its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
In the early 1980s, a gentleman named Stuart Turner, who currently heads Ford Motorsport, Europe worked hard to convert the Sierra into a Sierra RS Cosworth. The car was successful in the World Touring Car Championship and also saw some success in Rallying with a WRC victory to its name.
The initial model was powered by a Cosworth YBD motor churning out 201bhp (street use) and 277Nm of torque mated to a five-speed Borg Warner gearbox. Latter versions were more powerful and also got a tweaked version of Borg Warner’s five-speed gearbox. The race versions packed close to 300 horsepower.
A total of only 5,545 examples were made of which 500 were converted into RS500 Cosworth. The RS500 version had a larger turbocharger, better fuelling, another lower spoiler near the whale tail, and few additional tweaks to make it even more performance oriented.
The Sierra RS Cosworth, tipped the scales at just 1,220 kg and with the power on offer did the 0-100kmph sprint in 6.8 seconds. These figures like – 201bhp and 0-100 in 6.8 seconds would be so unappealing, but it was something to aspire for 30 years ago.
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