It's Throwback Thursday again and today's car is maybe one of the most famous original hot-hatches of all time. Think late 80's - early 90's and it has a whale-tail spoiler.
There is possibly a handful of original, old fast cars left in the UK, and I'm not talking about your upmarket fast Mercedes or BMWs of the 80s, I'm talking about gritty power from the likes of the Renault 5 GT, the Peugeot 205 GTi and the VW Golf GTi Mk1.
These are the cars that made history and ones that are still popular today, whether new or old. But why? Because they were way ahead of their time and because they weren't cars for the upper class, they were affordable so anyone could have one.
The Ford Sierra Cosworth was just that, and so it became the car to have, for that reason and one more - It had so much power it would melt your face.
Today it doesn't match up even to a Fiesta ST200, but in its day it was a family hatchback with near supercar power, which was its biggest selling point. It had 204bhp, 205lb ft of torque at 4500rpm and a lovely top speed of 145mph gleaned from its 5-speed manual gearbox and turbocharged petrol, 4-cylinder engine.
As well as that its kerb weight is 1216kg so it's as light as a feather and so can achieve a very handsome 0-62mph in just 6.2 seconds.
According to experts there was only one real rival to the Sierra Cosworth and that was the original BMW E30 M3. It has a 215bhp, 2.3-litre four-pot sends power to the rear through a five-speed dogleg ‘box, it does 0-60 in 6.5secs and there isn’t a radio. And that's it.
But true to BMW form that's not it. The basic recipe adds up to a car that's fizzy, grippy and completely made for racing, with black plastics, simple gripping seats, plain steering wheel and a simple dashboard to complete the set. Now you can just drive it away in the same principle as you can in the Sierra Cossie.
From a recent test the Cossie drove well. It's a 30 year old car so you have to expect some age-related lag and slight lack in sharpness from what you could imagine it to have been when it was new, that being said it is still fantastic. The front grip through bends and sharp turns is a work of genius coupled with the turbo charger giving the car a decent kick when you want it.
The steering wheel is one of the finest you'll see in a car of this age and you get excellent feedback which helps you get the best out the corners as well as having a strong engine and precise gear-shifting to aid you further. The gearbox is a little sticky though, but this is to be expected.
Speed, unsurprisingly, is not an issue and the car feels powerful and ready to go underfoot, and it sounds great too. But what is an iconic car like this worth today? And where would you start looking for one?
Well, online sites like Pistonheads are a good start to give you an idea of what you can get for your money. A good condition, low mileage, original bodywork Cossie should cost around £15,000, but ones with unofficial modifications and average condition will be less - around £10,000 - and if you're really lucky you'll stumble upon one that's been sat in a garage for practically 25 years and is an RS version, and that will set you back around £20,000.
So it's still an affordable hot-hatch worthy of our time, but maybe now a bit too dated for some people to consider buying one now. However, if you're a true petrol head or just appreciate a classic bit of engineering genius, then this is your car. I mean, if Jeremy Clarkson has one then it must be good, right?
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