Ford Sportka: New Sporty Derivative Of The Ka | Part Three

Ford Sportka

 

Hatching More Ka Power: Sportka’s 1.6L Duratec 8V Engine

Sportka is powered by a lively new low-friction engine, the 1.6-litre Duratec 8V, which it shares with Streetka. The new Duratec four-cylinder engine provides the punchy power for Sportka’s fun-to-drive character, delivering peak power of 95 PS (70 kW / 94 bhp) at 5,500 rpm. But, like its new 1.3-litre Duratec 8V sibling in mainstream Ka models, the 1.6-litre Duratec is economical to own and operate.

The 1.6-litre Duratec 8V is a prime example of ‘intelligent simplicity’ that combines low friction technology with maximum torque at low speeds, providing drivers with spirited acceleration with economy and dependability.

The engine has been carefully calibrated to provide strong low-end torque for elasticity and strong performance feel at low engine speeds, which make it ideal for driving around town. The 1.6-litre Duratec 8V’s peak torque is 135 Nm (101 lb ft) at 4,250 rpm. Nearly 90 per cent of the maximum torque is available between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm, another indication of its eagerness to please the driver.

Sportka is capable of acceleration to 100 kph (62 mph) in 9.7 seconds and a top speed of 174 kph (108 mph).

Duratec 8V has been specially developed for the European market to meet Euro Stage IV emissions with excellent refinement.

The engine features low-friction valvetrain technology that ensures low fuel consumption levels, not only on the official European driving test cycle, but also in the real world of today’s small car owner.

Sportka’s fuel consumption ratings on the new European driving cycle are rated, in litres per 100 kilometres, at 10.4 (27.2 mpg) urban, 6.0 (47.0 mpg) extra urban and 7.6 (37.2 mpg) combined, with CO2 emissions of 182 grams per kilometre.

Appropriately for a sporty Ford, engineering efforts to optimise surface compatibility and the hardness of components subjected to friction were influenced by technology used in Formula 1 engines.

Roller finger followers eliminate almost all lateral forces working on the valve stems during engine operation. The camshaft lift profile is transmitted to the valve via a finger follower with a roller bearing, which ensures significantly lower friction losses compared to traditional sliding contact valvetrain elements.

Very fuel-efficient for a petrol engine, the 1.6-litre Duratec 8V features an overhead cam configuration. State-of-the-art mixture preparation is provided by electronically-controlled sequential multi-point fuel injection.

Another fuel efficiency feature is Duratec 8V’s newly designed, highly efficient water pump impeller. It helps ensure optimal operating temperature ranges during driving.

Sportka features a five-speed Getrag-Ford IB5 manual transmission geared for sporty performance and featuring a machined aluminium gear knob atop its short-throw shifter, giving the driver quick and crisp shifting capability to complement the power of the engine and the dynamic performance of the chassis.

Tailored For Enthusiasts

With the glint of metal, the touch of leather and a purposeful environment dominated by black, Sportka’s interior is tailored for the enthusiast while remaining faithful to the simplicity of the original Ka interior design. As with other aspects of the Sportka, the influence of the new Streetka is clearly evident.

The emphasis is clearly on the driver.

Sportka features unique, supportive sport seats finished in Street Line cloth shaded in blue, the traditional Ford motorsport colour. Customers can also opt for black perforated leather seats with contrasting stitching and inserts in a choice of either Racing Blue leather or Infra Red leather. Sportka’s Ebony trimmed door panels also feature contrasting panels of cloth or leather to match the seats.

The driver’s seat is height-adjustable, to allow the driver to adopt an optimal seating position for serious motoring. The 50/50 split rear seat offers a dual position adjustment feature.

The tailored black look of Sportka’s interior extends to the instrument panel design.

The new Ka instrument cluster face – a large speedometer with interlinked rev counter and electronic odometer – and oval clock face are painted black with white graphics, and the binnacle fascia and radio bezel are coated in matt black paint.

These touches especially differentiate Sportka models, highlighted by accents of aluminium around the cockpit. From the brushed aluminium machined gear knob and satin aluminium clock surround to the bright work on the air vent grips, Sportka’s interior sparkles with purpose and driver appeal. Its chunky sport steering wheel is leather-trimmed.

Front carpets embroidered with the Sportka logo are standard. Air conditioning, electrically-operated mirrors and a factory-installed sunroof are available optionally.

Sportka offers a variety of in-car entertainment solutions, including the Ford Model 6000 AM/FM stereo radio and CD player and the Model 6006 in-dash six-CD changer. (Note: ICE standard and optional specification varies by market.)

Available safety features include a standard driver air bag and optional front passenger air bag. All four seating positions feature three-point safety belts with inertia reel retractors and front grabbers.

Sportka also features standard security features, including Ford’s passive anti-theft system (PATS) immobiliser and a perimeter alarm with interior sensing, which meets the British Thatcham Category CAT 1 standard.

“Sportka extends the strengths that have made Ka a million seller,” said Martin Leach, Ford of Europe President and Chief Operating Officer, and father of Ford’s derivative strategy. “With its lively power and brilliant dynamics, we believe Sportka will reach out to a new group of Ka customers who will find its poise, its proportions and its proposition just right.”

Published 24 February 2003 Melanie Carter

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