Unlike the Australian models, the New Zealand Escort range followed the specifications of the British models, aside from the use of metric instrumentation.
In addition to the HO engine, the GT featured cosmetic changes such as "GT" emblems and stripes, while under the shell there were uprated brakes and a close-ratio four-speed gearbox.
New Zealand edit While this generation was not sold in Australia at any point, it was however sold in New Zealand imported fully built up from the UK between 19 in all bodystyles including the van, replacing the Ford Laser.
Vatanen won the drivers' title in 1981, again at the wheel of an RS1800.For acceleration to 100 km/h (62.5 mph) a time of just.9 seconds 25 was claimed by the manufacturers.Oceania edit Australia edit The Mk II Escort was assembled at Ford Australia 's Homebush Plant, Sydney from March 1975 to 1980 in 2-door and 4-door sedan, and 2-door panel van forms the estate versions were unavailable to the Australian market.The crash structure was also improved, featuring side impact bars, a reinforced safety cage, improved crumple zones, front seat-belt pretensioners and airbags.Prototypes were based on the Mk III Escort and featured a Cosworth developed.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produced over 300 bhp (224 kW) maximum power.The LX and Standard or Pony were equipped with the.9 L overhead cam 8-valve CVH inline.RS 1700T edit Ford Escort RS 1700T on show in Paris The Ford Escort RS 1700T was a prototype RWD car designed by Ford Motor Company in 1980 to compete in Group B rallying.It hot escort service also featured a new electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission, as well as an independent rear suspension, both (at the time) relatively uncommon in cars in this class.Panel-van versions catered to the commercial sector.B c "Facilities Ford Motor Company Newsroom".
The two models shared the same block but, due to the different camshafts and the different cylinder head, the torque output for the Focus was bumped up by 8 ftlbf (11 Nm).
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Unlike the first Escort (which was developed by Ford of Britain the second generation was developed jointly between the UK and Ford of Germany.
Second generation (19911996) edit For 1991, the Escort and the Mercury Tracer were replaced by models based on the Mazda B platform (BG which was also used by the Mazda 323, Protegé and first generation Kia Sephia.The Escort hatchback and estate were produced in Argentina until 2004, having been sold alongside its successor (the Focus ) during the final stages of production.The trim lines for 1997 were base and LX, for it was offered in LX and SE trims.It lacked a five-speed transmission and fuel injection.ZX2 S/R edit The increased presence and success of tuner models from overseas in the late 90s caused Ford to create their own performance model, the ZX2 S/R.Later models (1995 up) have a smaller turbo than the homologation versions and came with the whale-tail spoiler as an option.Another engine, introduced in August 1983, was the.6 L diesel engine.However, the car attracted criticism from the motoring press at launch due to its suspension, with positive camber on the front wheels and negative camber at the rear, giving rise to the Mark III's infamous "knock-kneed" stance.17 Some 67,146 examples of the Mk I were built in Australia, 16 with local sourcing bringing the Australian content of the vehicles to 85 per cent.At this time, the Escort was dropped in South Africa and replaced by the Laser and Meteor.