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1981-1986 FORD Escort XR3/XR3i


Overview

With cars like the Volkswagen Golf stealing sales, the MkIII Escort of 1980 moved to a front-wheel-drive hatchback configuration to compete. The XR3 had the Golf GTI firmly as its target. A tuned 1597cc CVH engine produced 96bhp thanks to a twin-choke carburettor, while front and rear spoilers and blacked-out trim made it visually appealing to Eighties eyes. Better was to come though with the fuel injected XR3i of 1983. Boy racers soon fell in love with the XRs, in the same way their fathers had with the old rear-wheel-drive Escorts.




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Performance

9.7secs

113mph

94bhp

97lb/ft

30mpg


Engine

in-line four

normal

petrol

carburettor


Chassis

Independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs

Independent, pressed lateral arms and trailing tie-bars, coil springs

front-engine FWD

rack and pinion

metal monocoque

Five-speed manual


Dimensions

3970mm

2395mm

1640mm

1400mm

970kgs


 FORD Escort XR3/XR3i

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