With cars like the Volkswagen Golf stealing sales, the MkIII Escort of 1980 moved to a front-wheel-drive hatchback configuration to compete. The XR3 had the Golf GTI firmly as its target. A tuned 1597cc CVH engine produced 96bhp thanks to a twin-choke carburettor, while front and rear spoilers and blacked-out trim made it visually appealing to Eighties eyes. Better was to come though with the fuel injected XR3i of 1983. Boy racers soon fell in love with the XRs, in the same way their fathers had with the old rear-wheel-drive Escorts.
The FORD Escort XR3/XR3i release date is to be announced on Saloon.