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Ford Escort MkII RS2000 (1976-1980) specifications

Sturdy Pinto power and a new droop-snoot front end mark this Mk2 Escort as one of the best-loved


When the MkII Escort was launched, the RS name continued with the Cosworth-engined RS1800, produced in tiny numbers. More widespread Rallye Sport production was initiated with the RS2000 of 1976 which substituted the diva-ish Cosworth unit for a sturdier two-litre Pinto powerhouse. However, the real talking point about the RS2000 was its polyurethane ‘droop snoot’ front end and air dam, a modification that clearly distinguished it from any other Escort. Poor sales led to the revamped version in 1978.

Production

  • Production:
    10,039
  • Price at launch:
    £2,857
  • Price (excellent)
    £12,000
  • Price (good):
    £9,000
  • Price (average):
    £4,750
  • Price (project):
    £2,500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    8.5secs
  • Top speed:
    108.0mph
  • Power:
    110.0bhp
  • Torque:
    119.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    25.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, MacPherson struts, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live rear axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3978mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2400mm
  • Width:
    1570mm
  • Height:
    1410mm
  • Weight:
    925kgs

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