Fontwell House Sale
Thursday 12th September 2019
Registration No: F965 AEL
The ‘Series 2’ Escort RS Turbo (produced between 1986-1990) was in many ways a much better car than the Series 1. New features were adopted for the Series 2 including utilising the 1600cc, fuel-injected CVH engine from the Series 1 Turbo but now fitted with the Garret T3 Turbo (water-cooled, unlike the S1), revised engine management settings, lower overall gearing, an improved gearbox and limited-slip differential, a larger clutch, improved KE Jetronic unit, and an intercooler.
Suspension and chassis changes included stiffer front and rear springs, uprated anti-roll bars, mechanical ABS and larger brakes. The Series 2 car produced an impressive 132bhp at 5,750rpm, with maximum torque of 133 lb/ft at 2,750rpm, giving it serious performance with a top speed of 125mph and a 0-60mph time of 8.3 seconds. Although on paper, these figures were slightly less competitive than the Series 1, the new car was considerably easier to drive quickly and, effectively, was a faster car for it.