Ford Cortina XR6

Manufactured by: Ford Motor Company of South Africa, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, Republic of South Africa
Years produced: 1981 - 84
Price at launch: unknown

Modified Cortina XR6 The Ford Cortina XR6 Mark V, which was only available in four door form, was powered by the 3.0 litre (183 cu. in.) It was launched in 1981, following the 3.0S Mark IV, and was powered by a 140 HP Essex V6 engine, coupled with a four speed gearbox. The rear suspension of this car was a unique five-link setup instead of the more fragile trailing-arm system of the European Cortina. The reason for this modification was to cope with South African road conditions.

Mid-June 1982 brought about the birth of the Cortina XR6 Interceptor. This was a real true blue Ford and has become a very sought after collectors item. This car included modified exhaust headers, camshaft, cylinder heads, high compression pistons, a 3.08 differential and, most important, three 42 Webers. This very special car also boasted 13" alloy rims. This combination became a legend on both race track and on the street. Only 250 of these were ever made.

Between 1981 and 1984 variations of the XR6 included the XR6 TF (Team Ford) which sported a white paint job with Ford blue striping and Interceptor rims.

A very limited edition was the Cortina X-Ocet. The car was similar to the Interceptor except for its being fueled by a 450 cfm Holley.


Ford Sierra XR6

Manufactured by: Ford Motor Company of South Africa, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, Republic of South Africa.
Years produced: 1984 - 1992
Price at launch: unknown

Highly modified Sierra XR6 As the Ford Cortina was replaced by the Ford Sierra, not only in Europe, but also in South Africa, the Cortina XR6 was in 1984 replaced by the Sierra XR6. This was available only as a four door hatchback, and was powered by the same 140 HP 3 litre (183 cu. in.) Essex engine as its Cortina predecessor. However, this engine was coupled to a five-speed gearbox.

From 1984 to 1992 most changes to the Sierra were cosmetic, i.e. the introduction of alloy wheels in 1986, different seats, instrumentation and decals. Mechanical differences to the 1986 Sierra were an uprated 5-speed gearbox and a 3.36 differential.

Around 1986 to 1987 a factory XR6 Alpina Bi-turbo was produced. This car was endowed with a top sped of 231 km/h (144 mph). (The standard XR6 had a top speed of 203 km/h (127 mph)).

In mid 1989 the South African Sierra was given a facelift. (That was two years after the European Sierra had one). This included a different front end and tail lights from the Sapphire.

In 1991 the XR6 3.0iRS was produced. This car had fuel injection, a modified hydraulic cam shaft and high compression pistons.


Ford Sierra XR8

Manufactured by: Ford Motor Company of South Africa, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, Republic of South Africa
Years produced: 1984
Price at launch: 27500 Rand (15700 equivalent)

One of only two Sierra XR8s in the UK To compete with Alfa Romeo and BMW in South Africa's racing tracks, it was decided that more power was needed than that available from the Sierra XR6. Therefore the XR8 version of this car was introduced. It was equipped with a 302 cu. in. (5 litre) 205 HP V-8, a Holley 4 bbl carburettor and a five-speed Borg-Warner gearbox. Like the XR6, it was only available in four door hatchback form, but with a biplane tailgate like the XR4i. It was equipped with disk brakes on all four wheels and 15" Ronal alloy wheels. As a larger radiator was needed to cool the engine, a slatted grill was mounted.

Despite the high power output, the chassis of this car was fully capable of handling all the power available. However, only 250 or 255 such cars (depending on sources) were produced. Due to demand it was planned to make an additional 250 of them, but this came to naught. At the time of its production run South Africa was subject to sanctions from the outside world. That limited the export potential of this car.

Kimmo Pyykko's Sierra XR8 Technical Info Page