After all, who could stay mad at that face? If you want to get angry, get angry at Ford for not offering a sporty Focus with a diesel engine so you could tell your friends you have an STD. Of course, a Focus ST costs a damn good bit of change.
Ford's Powertrain Control Module has been calibrated to improve wide-open throttle performance and response while still meeting both federal and California low-emission vehicle standards. Premium fuel is recommended but not mandatory. Handling is improved by the use of tuned progressive rate springs that also lower the car by 1 inch; struts tuned to match the new springs and improve body control; urethane sway bar mount and end link bushes; inch P 55ZR 15 Eagle F1 Goodyear tires on seven-spoke aluminum wheels; and rear disc brakes.
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The subcompact GT sports new sheet metal, bigger dimensions, higher performance and the quiet usually associated with larger cars. The exterior design has a sporty flair to camouflage the fact that the GT is basically a high-mileage Escort. The larger interior dimensions, brought about by the larger exterior dimensions, eliminate the cramped feeling so common with subcompact cars. You get more leg, arm and head room.
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You don't have to dig through sales figures to prove this one - just look. Escort GTs are all over the place. It may not be the next car you see on the road but if you wait a little while you are sure to see one - and probably in all of its colors too.
Adopting the "Escort" name used by Ford of Europe since along with the general design and layout of the third-generation European Escortit was the successor of the Ford Pintowhich had a tarnished reputation for quality and safety after a widely publicized fuel tank defect. The Escort was one of Ford's most successful models in the s, earning a much better reputation than the Pinto. The Escort was the single best-selling car in its second year in the United States and during most of that decade.
January was a rather black month for tuning establishments connected with making Fords go faster, because at the Racing Car Show the Dagenham company introduced a range of its own tuning kits for Ford Escorts, which were obviously of a very high standard and listed at a competitive price. The kits, designed under a joint exercise between the Ford Performance Centre at Boreham and the Midland tuning shop of Broadspeed who race a tremendously successful team of Escort GTs for Ford, are now on the market. A couple of weeks ago I was able to try an Escort GT with a stage a conversion, and took the car over to Ireland for the Formula race meeting at Mondello Park.
The Ford Escort GT was made from to and was the high-performance addition to the compact Escort family of cars. The GT featured a horsepower, four-cylinder Mazda engine, sporty bodywork and chassis refinements. Today, the Escort GT has become a relatively rare car that takes well to performance modifications to build on an already impressive platform. One modification that the GT benefits from is the addition of larger wheels and performance tires.