1984 FORD SIERRA XR8
Following on from the success of the Perana badged V8 Capris and Granadas in the '70's, Ford South Africa turned back to this formula in the 80's in order to remain competitive in Group A Production Car racing. Faced with increasing competition from BMW and Alfa Romeo, Ford needed a weapon for the track. Enter the Sierra XR8 in 1984.
For homologation requirements, only 250 XR8's were built using the trusted Ford 302ci V8 engine from the Ford Mustang, coupled to a Borg Warner T5 manual transmission. The suspension was refined and AP Racing 4 piston calipers used in front with 281mm discs all round. The car developed 154Kw and was good for a top speed of 225km/h and 0-100km/h in under 8 seconds. All cars were delivered in white with the blue Ford Motorsport stripes down the side and the XR8's were the only South African Sierras to have 4 cooling slats in the front grille between the headlights, the XR4i style Bi-Plane rear wing and Ronal Sport RS 15" alloy wheels. The front and rear suspension was stiffened up and gas shocks employed to control body roll.
This particular car is number 108 of the 250 cars built and has been well preserved, with only 109,000kms on the clock since new. Everything in the car is original with the exception of slight upgrades to the motor. The previous owner gas flowed the head, fitted a 288 cam, larger valves and uprated the Holley carb.
These cars are becoming extremely rare and collectible, and I doubt there are any in Australia.
The car is currently in South Africa, but we will handle all of the import details for any prospective buyers.