Powertrain modifications were minimal, as the 2. While a 5-speed manual transmission was standard, nearly every example was equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
One of the shortest-lived vehicles ever produced by Ford Motor Company, the Merkur Scorpio was discontinued at the end of the model year, marking the end of the Merkur brand.
Despite Ford's initial misgivings about the styling, Sierra went on to be the second best-selling car in Europe [ citation needed ] , second only to Ford's own Escort.
European Sierras were available in three-door hatchback, five-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and five-door station wagon versions, and even a pickup truck called the P Engines available ranged from a 1.
According to British government test figures, fuel efficient models such as the 1. The Sierra XR range and the Cosworth models, however, are not viewed as sales flops in Europe, despite individual models selling fewer cars than the XR4Ti.
Like the Sierra, the Scorpio was also introduced to replace another popular model, the Ford Granada. In the UK and Ireland, the Granada name was still used, with the Scorpio name reserved for the top of the range Granada models.
The Scorpio started as a five-door hatchback, and it later became available as a four-door sedan and a five-door wagon. An "executive express" in the form of the Scorpio Cosworth was produced, powered by a 2.
This featured 16" aluminum alloy wheels similar to the AMG Mercedes wheels, a rear spoiler, and additional ground effects.
On average, each Lincoln-Mercury dealer sold one to two Merkur vehicles. Several factors led to the slow sales of the Merkur line, including an unfavorable exchange rate between the dollar and the West German Deutsche mark , leading to unstable pricing.
By , the Merkur Scorpio rivaled the Lincoln Town Car in price, despite its strong visual resemblance to the far more affordable Mercury Sable both sold on the same showroom floor.
At the end of , the decision to drop the Merkur line was driven by future passive restraint requirements in North America.
To bring the XR4Ti and Scorpio into compliance, the model lines would have needed airbag s or a passive restraint system automatic seatbelts to do so.
As the slow sales of the model line no longer justified the expense of such a redesign their European counterparts would not receive airbags until they were replaced in , Ford chose to end the Merkur line, withdrawing the XR4Ti in early with the Scorpio following at the end of the model year.
The name represents the crew that looked and seemed awesome, but "completely fell apart and the dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree at 15, miles.
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The base transmission was a 5-speed manual Ford Type 9 unit, while a Ford C3 3-speed automatic transmission was optional. Many changes were made to the car over its five-year life.
In addition to the changes above many modifications were incorporated as Technical Service Bulletins. A number of automotive customizers produced versions of the XR4Ti that offered increased performance and improved handling.
These versions were often sold as either owner-installed kits or pre-built vehicles. No mechanical changes were made to the K2 version. In their test data they stated the press car came with a limited slip differential, something that was not offered as standard or an option for the XR4Ti during its production.
Lateral acceleration was measured at 0. Contemporary reviews of the car often mention either the non-intuitive pronunciation of the brand name or the car's polarizing appearance.
Some felt the car showed more body roll while cornering than desired. Others were disappointed that no anti-lock was offered. While Car and Driver's first report went into great detail about Ford's efforts to reduce NVH, their later tests reported that there was still noticeable vibration in the drive-line.
Effective use of the car has hampered by what some felt was the engine's narrow power band. Even after production ended the car continued to provoke widely differing opinions.
In addition to Car and Driver's change of heart some have numbered the XR4Ti among the 10 worst cars ever made, and "not Ford's finest hour".
On the other hand, other articles have called it one of the 10 best forgotten cars, and a car that had unfairly received a bad reputation.
Rouse took the overall title for the season and the class title for with 14 wins. Some of the body panels used to stiffen the Sierra chassis and create the Merkur shell were subsequently branded Motorsport parts for later adaptation to a Sierra shell.
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