Memory Test: The 1993 MotorWeek Road Test Of A Ford Escort GT Proved Our 13 Year Old Opinions Correct


Memory Test: The 1993 MotorWeek Road Test Of A Ford Escort GT Proved Our 13 Year Old Opinions Correct

I was 13 in 1993 when this car came out and I didn’t really like it when I first saw it. That’s a fact. It made me smile when this video came up on the MotorWeek Channel though because it was either going to confirm my 13-year old opinions or it was going to blow them them. Both outcomes had some entertainment value to them so I watched. As it turns out, I was not too far from wrong in my diastase for the little Escort GT which I thought was too lame and slow to be called GT anything. I am sure for the time that I provided some mild kicks to people who needed to commute in it ever day but dang I really thought that these things were lame and this video validates my opinions.

Today’s small hot cars are way better than this thing and I’m not even sure that the Ford Escort GT brought much to the table to move the “small sporty car” segment ahead. Other cars, specifically those coming from Europe really moved the needle on the driving experience front and this was basically a conglomeration of some Ford and mostly Mazda parts. It seems just really close to what the 323 would have been back then.

As it turns out, 13 year old Lohnes was wrong about a lot of stuff but his opinions on the matter of the Ford Escort GT were money in the bank!

Press play below to see this video featuring the then brand new Ford Escort GT –


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2 thoughts on “Memory Test: The 1993 MotorWeek Road Test Of A Ford Escort GT Proved Our 13 Year Old Opinions Correct

  1. Dan

    My first new car was a Dodge Omni GLH. Back in the day, I used to smoke the Escort GT’s and VW GTI’s like a cheap cigar, it was never even close. So yeah, 13 year old Lohnes was right.

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  2. Jason

    Australia had the way cooler version of this called the laser tx3 that was turbocharged and awd. There were cosworth escorts in the UK too. We had the lame ones over here in the US. They were slow, but not that bad. I had one as my first car in high school that was my grandmother’s car, before I got it. I used to race it at Pomona back when they still had street legal drags. With bolt ons, it ran 16.7, and it was an auto too. I dusted quite a few Civics out there. They can be hopped up fairly easily since the engine is very similar to a Miata. Check this one out.

    https://youtu.be/s5z19J0xVnE

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