Escort RS Turbo – 1986

Ford’s sleek new Escort RS Turbo Series 2 is the hot hatch back that enthusiasts have been awaiting with bated breath.

Escort RS Turbo 1986

Escort RS Turbo S2

Engineered to quicken the pulse of people who really enjoy driving, it blends character-packed styling and sensational performance with all the practical features that have made the award-winning Escort Britain’s and the world’s best-selling car in the 1980s.


The 1986 Escort RS Turbo has all the spine-tingling potential needed to win Group N and Group A races and rallies just like its hard charging predecessor.

But high standards of comfort, convenience and refinement, plus all the advantages of a versatile three-door hatchback, make it equally suitable for fun-loving executives and fast-moving families.

Escort RS Turbo 1986 engine

Escort RS Turbo 1986 engine

The performance and stamina needed to beat world-class competition have been associated with RS-badged cars ever since Ford first used the Rallye Sport initials, way back in 1970. True to that tradition, the new Escort RS Turbo’s aerodynamic bonnet conceals an advanced high-spirited 1.6i CVH engine whose power and mid-range flexibility are matched by equally outstanding reliability and durability.


Key features include Bosh KE-Jetronic fuel injection and a Garrett T3 turbocharger whose turbine bearings are now water-cooled for even more efficient heat dissipation. Intake temperatures are optimised by an air-to-air intercooler.

This high-performance Escort also has a powerful on-board microprocessor programmed to control ignition timing and the turbo’s ‘wastegate’, a high-tech safety valve which keeps boost pressures within the present operating limits.

It all adds up to a rousing 132 PS at 5750 rpm – plus 180Nm of torque developed at only 2750 revs. That, according to tests by Ford engineers, is the formula for 0-60 mph in just 8.2 sizzling seconds, then on to a 128 mph top speed.

Escort RS Turbo 1986 interior

Escort RS Turbo 1986 interior

Strong and stylish like the rest of the car the alloy wheels have 6 inch rims, shod with ultra low profile 195/50VR15 tyres. The tyres and suspension combined give a remarkable smooth quiet ride in keeping with the domesticated’ side of the versatile Escort RS Turbo’s personality.


Extended body-colour wheel arches and rocker panels enhance the businesslike appearance of a car whose exterior also has body-colour door mirrors with the convenience of remote-control adjustment.

Escort RS Turbo Series 2 colours.

  • Diamond White
  • Rossa Red
  • Black
  • Nimbus Grey