Ford Escort RS2000 MK2
The Escort RS2000 MK2 made its first public appearance at the 1975 Geneva Motor Show and created quite a reaction with its polyurethane nose cone. The nose cone added 165mm in overall length and reduced the drag factor to 0.386 from 0.444 found on the other MK2 variants.
The marque was released on sale in January 1976 and production ended in the July of 1980 with a total of around 23,000 being produced at the Saarlouis plant in Germany and just over 10,000 being sold in the U.K.
The RS2000 received many changes over its four and a half years in production. The early cars became known as a 'Broadstripe' due to the bold black stripe down each side of the car that was inline with the front and rear bumpers. These cars were produced up to July 1976 as from August the marque had a subtle twin coachline just below the swage line to look that bit more upmarket.
F.O.R.D lettering was used on the grille and boot until the blue oval badge was introduced in August 1977.
The RS2000 was available in white, black, and various shades of red, blue, green, yellow, orange, beige and even a one off bronze car built especially for Henry Ford II in 1976.
The interior was only available in black until September 1978 when brown became an option. The early seats were Scheel recliners known as rolltops and covered in beta cloth. These were superseded in the September of 1978 when the introduction of the 2 model line up was released....The Base and Custom models.
The seats are now made by Recaro in the Custom model with 'Fishnet' headrests and the base model received the basic Ghia style low back seats.
The wheels were 6x13in 4 spoke RS alloys throughout production fitted with Pirelli CN36 tyres. The base model came as standard with 5.5x13in steel wheels.
The RS2000 is powered by the reliable110bhp overhead cam 2.0 litre Pinto engine coupled to a Type E 4 speed gearbox running through a two piece propeller shaft to the Timken rear axle with 3.545:1 final drive.
The top speed is 108mph and 0-60mph can be reached in 8.5 seconds.
The body shell on the RS2000 has many areas with extra strengthening unique to RS MK2 Escorts. The marque was only ever available from the factory with the unique nosecone and never as a flat front like the MK2 Mexico and RS1800 models.
The RS2000 MK2 could also be fitted with a range of performance extras available from the dealer. These extras included engine internals, twin Weber Carburettors, transmission and suspension upgrades and the wide X-Pack body arches.
The RS2000 MK2 is now one of the most sought after classic Ford cars built and is very popular with collectors especially in completely standard original condition. 2016 celebrates the Marques 40th Birthday of a car that so proudly wears the RS tag.