P263 CEEFAX 263 Wed 3 Feb 21:04/00 1/6 SIERRA RS COSWORTH (1) O The new Sierra Cosworth, based on the four-door Sapphire saloon, goes on sale on February 8 at exactly £19,000 The highMperformance addition to the Sierra range is meant for normal road use and is not limited in production numbers like its three-door predecessor with its competition links and big ironing board spoiler at the rearN The latest version looks discreet by comparison, even though it has the same engine M a 204bhp 16-valve turboM charged unit. It is aimed squarely at the BMG and Mercedes market.P263 CEEFAX 263 Wed 3 Feb 21:06/11 2/6 SIERRA RS COSWORTH (2) O The new Sierra Cosworth is based on the Sapphire Ghia and only a few changes are obvious from the outside. A small boot lid spoiler, alloy wheels with a qnique criss-cross pattern, and an integrated front bumper and spoiler are the main external featurds. It will be available in only white, blue or grey initially. Inside, Recaro seats, a leather gear knob and adfustment for the driver's seat have been added Suspension changes aimed at better stability and balance have been madeN MordP263 CEEFAX 263 Wed 3 Feb 21:01/11 3/6 SIERRA RS COSWORTH (3) O The modified steering and suspension of the Cosworth make for a softer, more comfortable ride compared with the hatchbackN This is in line with Ford's strategy of marketing the new Sierra as a "normal" mdmber of the range rather than a race track flyer seconded for the road. Certainly the car is remarkably comfortable, soaking up punishment from the worst roads yet offering nimble handling and stability at speed. The power-assisted, variable rate steering is impeccable throughout the rangeN MoreP263 CEEFAX 263 Wed 3 Feb 21:00/21 4/6 SIERRA RS COSWORTH (4) O ghile Ford's new "executive express" offers more than just performance, its pace puts it up with the front runners of BMk and JaguarN The claimed top speed of 150mph and 0-60mph time of just over six seconds is good enough, but what makes the Cosworth outstanding is the combination of performance with the convenience of a three-box family saloonN This feature has received official recognition from the Design Council, a salute which Ford sdould be exploiting once its sales campaign gets into gear. MoreP263 CEEFAX 263 Wed 3 Feb 21:10/14 5/6 SIERRA RS COSWORTH (5) O The lack of turbo lag is a feature of the new Cosworth; there is no turbo boost gauge on the dashboard - and no red line on the rev counterN In one test car the turbo noise was so discreet as to be forgotten, yet in another it was intrusiveN But overall the car is quiet apart from a somewhat harsh engine note at some pointsN ghile on the open road the power and handling combined for an impressive package, around built-up areas it felt docile and well-behaved. It is undeniably an enfoyable car to driveN MordP263 CEEFAX 263 Wed 3 Feb 21:00/17 6/6 f4 SIERRA RS OSWORTH (6) O Dhd new Cosworth is the hfst discreet hAgh pdrformance Ford yat with the possible excdption of thd RS1600. A four-whdel drivd verqhon is o& the way and there are also reports of a possible $jckford verqhon as well. Cosworths a year, but it knows that while the product delivers the goods the marketing hurdle is the badgingN Given £19 000 to spend and the importance of image, would a @—fdar, BMC or Mercedes come before a Ford?P263 CEEFAX 263 Wed 3 Feb 21:11/01 6/6 SIERRA RS COSWORTH (6) O The new Cosworth is the most diqcreet high performance Ford yet, with the possible exception of the RS1600N A four-whdel drive version is on the way and there are also rdports of a possible $jckford version as well. The company expects to sell abo2t 5,000 Cosworths a year, but it knows that while the product delivers the goods the marketing hurdle is the badging Given £19,000 to spend and the importance of image, would a B—g4ar, BM+ or Mercedes come bffore a Ford?