XR4Ti Quick-Facts:

Manufactured:

1985-89

Factory location:

Osnabruck, Germany

Number sold:

42,464

Engine:

2.3L (140 cu in) Turbocharged inline four with EEC IV Fuel Injection
Manufactured in Taubate, Brazil

Power:

175bhp @5200 rpm (5 speed)

Torque:

195 Lb-Ft @ 3800 rpm

Performance:

0-60 7.7sec
¼ mile 16sec @ 87mph

"Somewhat more civilized than a BMW 325e"

Road & Track

The Model Years:

Year

# Sold

Change *

1985

1986

12,400

13,559

  • Introduced with ‘Bi-plane’ spoiler and gray cladding on bottom of car.
  • ‘Telephone Dial’ wheel pattern.
  • Stop lamp added to rear bi-plane spoiler.

1987

7,352

  • ‘Block style’ 15" wheels introduced.
  • Audio system improved and joystick fader system eliminated.
  • Fender mounted antenna eliminated – antenna incorporated into rear winder defroster grid.
  • Monochromatic black and white cars made available. Lower body cladding color-keyed to body color.
  • Sierra Mk II floor pan introduced with wider transmission tunnel.
  • Improved cam cover (mid-year)

1988

6,283 XR4

16,093 Scorpio

  • Gray or brown lower cladding eliminated (mid-year).  Cladding color-keyed to car color - the so-called 'monochromatic' color scheme.
  • ‘Spoke style’ wheels introduced.
  • Bi-plane spoiler eliminated to make the car appeal to wider market – especially female buyers.
  • Ford introduces the Scorpio 4-door sedan.
  • Window tint changed from bronze to green  (mid-year).

1989

2,870 XR

5,917 Scorpio 
(Including 1990 sales)

  • Standard cruise control added.
  • A-pillar covers inset into dash.
  • Coolant bottle moved to driver's side  (mid-year).

Total XR4Ti: 42,464

Total Scorpio: 22,010

* Major changes covered only – as with any car there were many more minor changes

© Copyright Paul West, June 1999