If there’s a market that all car manufacturers want to get a foothold into, it’s the boy-racer one. Get them in one of your cars early, and they’ll be contributing to your market share for 40 years or more! When you think about it, it’s also why beer is so cheap in University… Be that as it may, the 1974 Ford Escort RS2000 accomplished its mission with style, and why not? It was a stylish, well-designed and fast car, with just the right amount of extra tack-on plastic to appeal to that crowd without making the car too heavy, and an unexpectedly nice interior. It was never a brutal car – didn’t have the horsepower – but it was one Ford that begged to be driven hard, on the edge, and it proved very popular indeed.
The 1974 Escort RS2000 was powered by a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine that developed 110 horsepower, allowing for a 9 second 0-60 time, and a top speed of 108 miles per hour. It’s fun to see that the basic engine block in the RS2000 would survive in several generations of RS cars, including the definitely brutal Sierra RS Cosworth of the 80s.
The 1974 Ford Escort RS2000 was a fast car, fun to drive on twisting, winding roads, and people knew it, so they sold quite a few. Good for them.