One of the coolest cars that a buyer in Europe could get in the early ’90s was the 1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth. Ford rated the 1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth at 224 horsepower and 224 pound-feet of torque. The car was a performer for its day, but the numbers don’t look that special decades later.
Ford said the 1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth could reach 62 mph in 5.7 seconds and hit 147 mph on the top end. The turbo our under the hood used a Garrett AiResearch T3/T04B turbo at 12 psi of boost. The Escort RS Cosworth is notable as the first mass-production car to produce downforce at the front and rear making 4.6 kg of downforce at the front and up to 19.4kg at the rear with the large rear wing.
Bonhams recently held an auction in England that was for what it called “modern and affordable classics” and the blue 1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth in the image here was among the cars that sold at the auction. The Ford was the top seller and brought the equivalent of $60,828. The example was said to be highly original, with only 38,000 miles and had been owned by the same person for over 20 years. Ken Block has had issues with his Escort RS Cosworth.
Another Ford that sold for significant money at the event was a 1936 Ford Model 68 cabriolet that brought $58,063. Non-Ford iron that sold at the event included a 2006 Renault Clio V6 255 Sport for $45,620. A cool 2016 Audi A4 RS6 TFSI V8 Quattro sold for $47,005.
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A standard escort cosworth and ken block highly turned and modified one is a total different machine so there no comparison that can made on reliability.I owned a N reg small turbo version for 11 years used as a daily car(now have a mark 2 rs focus as my daily drive)and found it very reliable so I agree it is a affordably classic