Escort RS2000 Mk2 – Australia 1979

EscortRS2000 Mk2 Australia
EscortRS2000 Mk2 Australia

The Escort RS2000 Mk2 went on sale in dealers around the country on 4th July 1979.

The Australian version was available in two body styles, two door and a four door. To ensure you’re getting a genuine car, check the build plate for model designations exclusively used by local RS2000, 11918 denoting a two-door car and 11938 identifying a four-door.

Priced at $6190 for the two door and $6325 for the four door.

Optional extras available at the time were:

  • Automatic gearbox
  • 5 ½ inch Volante alloy wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Tinted laminated windscreen
Escort RS2000 Mk2 Australia interior
Escort RS2000 Mk2 Australia interior

Standard items were:

  • Droop snoop nose with quad head lights
  • Twin mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • Sports suspension
  • Rear stabiliser bar
  • Rap around rear bumper
  • Scheel contour seat
  • RS sports dash
  • Three spoke RS steering wheel
  • Centre console
  • Passenger glove box
  • 2 litre engine
  • 4 speed gearbox with quick shift

There were 5 main colours to choose from:

  • White (Snow White) code 9
  • Yellow (Lemon Lime) code X
  • Red (Monza Red) code K
  • Orange (Burnt Orange) code Z
  • Blue (Midnight) code C
  • Some special order colours were made, black and silver.
Escort RS2000 Mk2 Australia magazine ad
Escort RS2000 Mk2 Australia magazine ad

The 70 kW (93.8bhp) 2 litre powered the RS2000 to a top speed of 168km, with a 0-100 time of 11.5sec and the standing quarter mile in 17.9sec. A four speed gearbox 3.65-1st, 1.97-2nd,1.37-3rd, 1.00-4th with a final drive of 3.54 in an English axle case with the front load diff. Multi leaf rear springs. Large, 9 inch rear brake drums. 247mm front solid disc brakes on a McPherson strut with rack and pinion steering 3.5 turns lock to lock. Tyres on the earlier RS2000 were Goodyear Supersteel radial 175/70HR13 and on the later Uniroyal 180/70HR13. Fuel consumption on average was 10.4 litres per 100 km.

Ford Escort Mk2 Four door version

By the end of the run there were approximately 2400 RS2000’s built, exact breakdown figures are not available from Fords records.