Originally Posted by Pizzaman
Oh goody. My purple Mini was a real sleeper when I first got it fixed up.
does 0-100 km/h in about 6.5 secs, tops 200+.
Back in 1995 that was something, a hot hatch like a GTI would do about 190 and9 secs.
Nobody expectedthat of this sweet metallic-purple Mini (well, the noise sort of gave it away a bit).
Nowadays, with some DIESELS doing these things like nothing, you need something really extreme...
The engine in my Capri now gives 240 hp, but I could add a turbo... 380hp? and same thing would go into a Cortina or Granada (stationwagon). The Capri shape gives it away a bit though.
By the way, it would also fit a Sierra... for less cost than a Cosworth.
Cosworths are nice but for thier price...technically it's a rip off...But then you'd only own one for it being a Cossy I guess.
You are better off buying a normal model and modding it. Plus, everyone knows what a Cossy looks like. The Saphhire Cossy hides it a bit as it doesn't have the whale tail wing but the normal Sierra doesn't...that said, both have body kits too.
If I get what I REALLY want, it'd be cool.
Imagine a mkIII Cortina with a modern Zetec engine equipped with twin straight pipes?
My final list goes (and this has come from YEARS of thought and a good eye as well as practicality):
1) Ford Cortina mkIII - Escorts have taken over due to the Focus! The Cortina needs it's due in the classic Ford scene pushed out more!
2) Ford Escort (pre-mkIII) - For a good enough example I still want one of these!
3) Ford Sierra - A solid, misunderstood genius of a Ford. If not for the Sierra, car shapes would not be as they are now. Buy one before people jump the bandwagon!
All of the above are, like all Fords, highly tunable.
There will be NO stripping, this destorys the car as a classic. Might as well put a Cortina shell on a Mondeo (no offence to them). Engine, trans swaps etc are good but interior and shell must be intact.
The Cortina has large potential for all sizes of engine, as does the Sierra and Escort, but the mkIII Cortina has pure 70's coolness with it's coke bottle shape. It kinda looks yankee too so a V8 would be superb...did someone say Rover V8?
One guy has put a 9 Litre engine in an Escort before...that wasn't a typo BTW.