In Europe, the Scorpio was Ford’s last entry in the E-segment, also referred to as executive cars. At its introduction in 1985, the Scorpio -still marketed as Granada in the UK and Ireland- was only offered as a 5-door hatchback. Later on a more conventional looking sedan and wagon also became available.
Simply put, the Scorpio was an eXtra Large Ford Sierra with a 276 cm (108.7”) wheelbase. An updated version was launched in March 1992.
The power units were inline-4 and V6 gasoline engines, the 2.5 liter inline-4 (turbo)diesels were supplied by PSA and from 1993 onwards by VM Motori. The biggest engine in the Scorpio was the fuel injected 2.9 liter Cologne V6.
Ford’s “Brougham” crest, wearing the name of the Italian design and coachbuilding firm. It could be found on any mass-produced model, from the Fiesta to the Granada and Scorpio. The Ghia was the most luxurious trim level with a plush -all relative of course- interior and ride, preferably combined with a vinyl top. Yes, even on a Fiesta…
As an aside, our Royal Family switched to top model Euro-Fords after the 1973 oil crisis. Prior to that, US-FoMoCo vehicles were the preferred means of transport. They drove all Euro-Granada and Scorpio models, powered by a V6 and with the Ghia trim level; the paint color was always dark blue metallic, really neat.
And here’s where plush met performance. The Cosworth Engineering company from the UK started to work on Ford’s 146 DIN-hp, fuel injected 2.9 liter Cologne V6. The end result was a 195 DIN-hp, 2.9 liter DOHC (Quad Cam, if you wish) 24v engine with a Bosch LH-Jetronic fuel injection system. The machine is known as the Cosworth BOA engine.
The Scorpio Cosworth was introduced in 1991. Ford’s A4LDE (4R44E) 4-speed automatic was the standard transmission, the 2.9i 24v engine could not be combined with the 5-speed manual.
Dynamics combined with comfort, that’s what it’s all about. By no means the Scorpio by Cosworth (top speed 225 km/h – 140 mph) was supposed to be a true power sedan, although it looked pretty wild for an E-segment car. For sheer performance, Ford Europe offered the Sierra RS Cosworth and the later Escort RS Cosworth.
Generally, hatchbacks/sedans/wagons in this segment are decent (travel) trailer towers. This Scorpio’s registered maximum towing capacity is 1,590 kg (3,505 lbs).
Luckily I caught the original Scorpio, not the completely ridiculous 1994-1998 last model. Naturally I’ll post it, if I ever find one. Fingers crossed I won’t…