I am a bit of a fan of the MkII RS Escorts – a lot is attributed to Doyle flying around in his Pinto MkII RS2000 in The Professionals.
Australia have got the right idea – the XR moniker is kept alive on the Falcon (XR6 & 8), Focus (XR5) and Fiesta (XR4), so a fleet of sports models.
I have never been convinced about the UK ‘ST’ moniker – just seems like a poor man’s XR and does not cut it for me, whereas the RS just gives a sense of power, speed and racing heritage. I would very much like to see this come back throughout the range where I am sure that properly done Ford’s would fly out of the showrooms (unlike the tepid MkV Escort RS2000 which was a bit of a damp squib).
And just to show how evocative that RS Badge is below is an ad from the 1970s for the RS Escorts – makes ya wanna own one!