About Merkur XR4TI
The Merkur XR4TI routinely appears on the hit BBC television show "Top Gear," which featured automobiles that should have been more successful than they were. Hand-assembled for Ford by Germany's Karmann Coachworks, the turbocharged XR4TI combined nimble handling and a comfortable ride. With a short model life, this compact three-door hatchback debuted in 1985 and bowed out in 1989. It featured four-wheel independent suspension, rear-wheel drive, and stabilizer bars in the front and rear. Based on development advice from Scottish Formula One racing icon Jackie Stewart, the Merkur XR4TI Turbo integrated soft springs and dampers to create a luxurious ride. Powered by the robust 2.3-liter turbocharged Lima inline four engine, the XR4TI pumped out 155 horsepower and 190 lbs. per foot of torque. The powertrain offered a choice of a three-speed C3 automatic transmission or a five-speed T-9 manual transmission. The 1985-1987 manual transmission version boasted a top speed of 130 mph. A road test by "Car & Driver" magazine yielded a 0-60 mph time that varied between 7.0 and 7.9 seconds. Browse the continually refreshed listings on eBay for a Merkur XR4TI, as well as parts, badging, replacement lights, wheel caps, and rims.