1. Ford Escort RS Cosworth

The Ford Escort was always an active model when it came to affordable performance. From the legendary RS 1600 Mk1 to the Escort RS Turbo of the mid-80s, this was a competitive, yet obtainable choice. However, the best Escort RS was the 1992 to 1996 RS Cosworth model. Ford built it using Sierra RS Cosworth bits. This Escort was smaller but featured the improved 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 227 HP.

The exterior meant business with flared wheel arches, a hood with cooling vents and an adjustable rear wing. One of the main features was the rally proven all-wheel-drive system. It was necessary since the car developed over 230 lb-ft of torque. The Escort RS Cosworth was fast for the day, with a 5.8 second 0 to 60 mph acceleration time. In fact, it could beat most sports cars of the day. However, it was somewhat expensive for a hot hatch, so Ford decided to make it a limited model.

Since they introduced this car in 1992, it makes it one of the first, proper 90’s homologation specials. This makes it especially desirable and interesting for collectors. The car is eligible for import to America and it comes with left-hand drive. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is a great base for tuning. And, if you install the right components, you can get up to 600 HP.

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