Ford executives, workers and indeed owners had seen almost everything over the years, but nobody was quite prepared for this one. The 1982 Ford Sierra shook the automotive world to its core, and not in a good way. With its indistinct, vague shape, recessed headlights and approximate demeanor, it was not the early success that everyone wanted. That being said, despite its strange shape, it was quite a good automobile, and spawned a number of variations which were extraordinarily popular in their own right, such as XR4i, and of course all the Sierra RS Cosworth. Once the early problems were taken care of, such as propensity to instability in crosswinds, it began selling better, although its slow start had given rival Vauxhall all the opening it needed to make headway in the market with its new Cavalier.
The Ford Sierra was originally powered by a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine that developed 105 horsepower. It was paired to a a five-speed manual transmission, allowing the car a top speed of 114 miles per hour, and a 0-60 acceleration of 9.5 seconds. It was also equipped with a fully independent suspension and all-around disc brakes.
The 1982 Ford Sierra was no looker, that’s for sure, but it evolved into a really fun car that made its mark on the company, particularly thanks to its specialty models.