Ford's Capri 2.8 Injection combines the styling and performance of a supercar with the space, comfort and convenience of a family-sized hatchback. It is also exceptionally good value for money.
But some people want even more power and comfort. That's why the 2.8 Injection, a great car in its own right, has been turned into something really special by Aston Martin Tickford.
The sensational transformation has been achieved without altering the Capri's basic bodywork. However, it has panels of tough, glass reinforced plastic which are neatly bolted to the Capri's nose, flanks and tail. These reduce the drag factor to 0.37 while lift at the front and rear is reduced by more than 40 per cent.
Under the bonnet is the Ford 2.8 Injection engine, married to a very compact IHI turbocharger with a Garrett intercooler, AFT digital computerised ignition plus Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection.
The engine delivers a massive 205bhp and 260 lb/ft of torque. As the figures clearly indicate there is plenty of muscle where it's really appreciated - between 2000 and 4000rpm to provide vivid acceleration.
At the rear, Tickford fit a limited-slip differential and an 'A' frame to provide additional location for the axle. The rear drum and brakes are replaced by 10.43" discs to cope with the extra performance.
Inside there is a leather-trimmed walnut fascia with a full set of instruments. Door panels are trimmed in carpet, velour and leather with leather trim for the rear quarter panels and three-spoke steering wheel. Tickford retain the Recaro seats.
Options at extra cost range from a stainless-steel exhaust system and Pirelli P7 tyres to a complete retrim in Connolly hide and Wilton carpet for the interior boot.
Great expectations become reality when the turbocharged Capri takes to the road. Tickford claim a 0-60mph time of just over six seconds and Autocar recorded 5.3 seconds for the 50-70mph sprint in fourth gear, while dropping to third spanned the same gap in only 3.8 seconds.
In short, Aston Martin Tickford have transformed the Capri's fine pedigree into a world beater with performance, handling, looks and refinement to challenge virtually any car regardless of the price.