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      07-19-2011, 06:46 AM   #23
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Still smiling at 'audioline' here....

those wheels on the XR are 'cloverleafs' arent they?
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They are, sporting 185/65 HR 14 Pirelli P6s which were incredibly exotic at the time.
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They are, sporting 185/65 HR 14 Pirelli P6s which were incredibly exotic at the time.
I was more of a Good Year man myself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNpB-ZyVWHg
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      07-19-2011, 08:07 AM   #26
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This was better



Anyway, the Grand Prix S was only available in 70 profile.....
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Nice trip down memory lane.

I actually think the standard XR3i (series 1) is cooler than the RS1600i or the RS Turbo.

Check out the bumperettes!



Mind these are quite nice.





Were these all white?

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Just called MK3 XR3i

S1 is reserved for the Turbo!!

S1 all day long for me.
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Just called MK3 XR3i

S1 is reserved for the Turbo!!

S1 all day long for me.
So angular XR3i is Mk3, rounded is Mk4?

Why is it not just Mk3 RS Turbo - was there an S1 RS Turbo Mk3 and an S2 RS Turbo Mk3?

Just stumbled on this by co-incidence on PH.

Apparently Princess Di had the only non-white S1 RS Turbo - in black....pictures in this link:

http://www.pistonheads.com/doc.asp?c=52&i=23965

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there were a couple of non white Series1's. the mk3 rs turbo is a series 1, the mk4 rs turbo is a series 2. the "series" part was for turbo cars only.

Heres my fully restored S1 (well when I say fully, i'm just getting round to doing the engine just now as it happens, a year after I completed the chassis, not concours by any means)



stripped down:





Engine currently sit's like this:


loads still to do, I never really properly finished it...engine will have stg3 big valve head, bigger IC, kent cam and vernier pulley, converted to EFI. thinking of selling it for a sapph cosworth though :-\

had to stop mysef, can get carried away talking about it lol.
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I remember how low profile 185/60's looked back then, the golf gti was running 175/70's!
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No just a Mk3 and Mk4 RS Turbo, later named by enthusiasts S1 & S2

XR's were not called S1 and S2 just Mk3 or MK4 XR3i


If someone owns a S1 it's an RS Turbo mate, not an XR!
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Yeah Ford fans have been jizzing over the Diana car for years LOL
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Nice trip down memory lane.

I actually think the standard XR3i (series 1) is cooler than the RS1600i or the RS Turbo.
But the RS1600i looks identical to the XR3 other than the RS wheels - most would not know the difference. It had "bumperettes" too.
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The 16i was quicker than a S2 though. Short ratio box iirc. Would love an RS1600i

If you ask me Ford really lost their way when they dropped the XR,RS brands

So long as they don't bring back the xr2 ;-)
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I remember buying a set of RS replica wheels for my Fiesta 1.1 Mk2 , tyres were an ultra low profile 185x60x13 !!
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I hated the MK2 fiesta XR2 with a passion.

Loved the MK3 hence having had 2 XR2i's and a Fiesta RS Turbo.

Love your S1 mate!
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Sod the RS1600i, lovely collectors car but the Turbo's were where it's at.

Bit like our 335i's & 335d's today etc. Lovely tunableness!!!!!

Got an old mag of when the Festa RS Turbo came out and they tested a 200HP one. 0-100mph in 12.8 secs!! That was quicker than the magazines editors brand new 911 at the time!!
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The 16i was quicker than a S2 though. Short ratio box iirc. Would love an RS1600i

If you ask me Ford really lost their way when they dropped the XR,RS brands

So long as they don't bring back the xr2 ;-)
RS1600i main difference was the gearbox ratios, suspension and solid lifters. The CVH engine was pretty shit as a unit.
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RS1600i main difference was the gearbox ratios, suspension and solid lifters. The CVH engine was pretty shit as a unit.
Had solid coil packs too. Quite advanced for the time.

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Sure was.
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. The CVH engine was pretty shit as a unit.
Sure is..

Not that Im complaining, weve done very well from it, thank you.
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It's an old Donky lump for sure. Was reliable enough though. Valve stems seals would
go and the top end would with lack of servicing and high mileage.

The turbo ones only really got unreliable with silly tuning.
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