1987 UK model range

All pictures and specifications here are from 'Ford Cars - March 1987'

, and do not necessarily reflect a car you might actually buy from this period. As Ford changed specifications regularly over the car's production run, these sections are intended as a guide only.

As this page is quite long, please click on the link below to review model specification :

Sierra Saloon and Sierra Sapphire Saloon.

This value-for-money Ford Sierra Saloon's wind-cheating body, fully independent suspension and spacious, versatile interior establish high standards for the rest of the new hatchback range...
...Ford's new Sierra Sapphire Saloon is proof that a stylish, practical, well-equipped and good-to-drive car need not be expensive to buy or run. Like the rest of the new Ford Sierra range, this elegant and practical four-door is engineered to cut the cost of ownership.
- Ford Literature

Engine :

- 1593cc OHC "Pinto" engine. 4 Cylinder in-line. Sequential twin venturi carburettor with automatic choke. Electronic breakerless ignition. Max output - 75PS (DIN) at 4900rpm. Max torque - 123Nm (DIN) at 2900rpm. 0-60mph in 13.3 seconds (not estate). 31.7mpg on a simulated urban cycle rising to 51.4mpg at a constant 56mph.
- 2304cc OHV Diesel engine. 4 Cylinder in-line. Indirect mechanical injection with Glow-plug pre-warm. Max output - 67PS (DIN) at 4200rpm. Max torque - 139Nm (DIN) at 2000rpm. 0-60mph in 17.8 seconds (not estate). 32.8mpg on a simulated urban cycle rising to 57.6mpg at a constant 56mph.

Transmission : 4-speed manual gearbox (5-speed on diesel). Drive to rear wheels.

Brakes : Front-rear split hydraulic circuit with vacuum servo assistance. 10.5" ventillated front disks and rear drums

Suspension : Front Macpherson struts with coil springs and rearward-facing anti-roll bar. Rear semi-trailing arms with coil spring system mounted on an insulated subframe. Fully independant. Hydraulic twin-tube shock absorbers.

Exterior Features : Bright inserts in damage resistant grey plastic bumpers. Towing hooks front and rear. Chin on front bumper. Fuel filler flap with high security locking cap. Heated Rear windscreen. Wheel arch liners fitted front and rear. Internally adjustable door mirrors. 165 TR13 tyres on 5.5Jx13 steel rims. Pressed Steel wheel center caps.

Interior Features : "Lorenzo" fabric. Reclining front seats with adjustable head restraints. Carpet in passenger compartment. Front door operated courtsey light. Mouded door trim incorporating soft-feel arm rest, door pulls and stowage bin. Carpet in luggage compartment. Push-button P21 AM/FM radio with two speakers. Tipping Glovebox with lid. Two-speed windscreen wipers with Intermittant function.



Sierra L and Sierra Sapphire L.

Sierra Sapphire L - Ford publicity shot Sierra L - Ford Publicity shot Sierra L Front end detail - Ford Publicity shot Sierra L fascia - Ford Publicity shot Sierra L / Sapphire L Interior - Ford Publicity shot
The Sierra Sapphire L's wide ranging attractions include the availability of Ford's advanced "Lean Burn" engine. This lively power unit can be combined with the equally efficient A4LD automatic transmission whose state-of-the-art design incorporates an "overdrive" fourth gear...
...The new Sierra L brings more equipment and a choice of three engines, all with five-speed gearbox as standard, to Ford's new range of surefooted hatchbacks. If you prefer to let advanced tachnology look after the gears, Ford's four-speed automatic transmission is available with the 1.8-litre power unit.
- Ford Literature

Engine :

- 1593cc OHC "Pinto" engine. - As Sierra / Sapphire Saloon
- 1796cc OHC "Pinto" engine. 4 Cylinder in-line. Sequential twin venturi carburettor with automatic choke. Electronic breakerless ignition. Max output - 90PS (DIN) at 5400rpm. Max torque - 140Nm (DIN) at 3500rpm. 0-60mph in 10.9 seconds (not automatic). 27.7mpg on a simulated urban cycle rising to 47.9mpg at a constant 56mph (5-speed transmission)
- 2304cc OHV Diesel engine. - As Sierra / Sapphire Saloon

Transmission : - 5-speed manual gearbox (A4LD Automatic transmission optional on 1.8). Drive to rear wheels.

Brakes : - As Sierra / Sapphire Saloon

Suspension : - As Sierra / Sapphire Saloon

Exterior features : As Sierra / Sapphire Saloon but with colour toned ABS bumpers with bright inserts. Full wheel covers. Rear wash / wipe on hatchback.

Interior features : As Sierra / Sapphire Saloon but with "Helix" fabric trim. 60/40 split rear seat to maximise load capacity (hatchbacks only. Sapphires have a one-piece folding rear seat). Vanity mirror on passenger sunvisor. Cigar lighter. LCD clock in fascia. Self-seek FM cassette radio with six speakers. Load compartment lamp. Height-adjustable drivers seat.



Sierra LX and Sierra Sapphire LX.

Sierra Sapphire LX - Ford Publicity Shot Sapphire LX rear end detail - Ford Publicity shot Front quarter detail - Ford Publicity shot Sierra LX - Ford Publicity shot Sierra LX front end detail - Ford Publicity shot Sierra Load compartment - Ford Publicity shot Sapphire Load compartment - Ford Publicity shot Sierra LX / Sapphire LX Interior - Ford Publicity shot Sierra LX / Sapphire LX instruments - Ford Publicity shot Tilt / Slide sunroof on Sierra LX / Sapphire LX - Ford Publicity shot
A sunroof and tinted glass are typical of the equipment that makes the Sierra Sapphire LX a very attractive car at a very attractive price. The availability of Ford's efficient 2.0-litre engine makes this elegant newcomer and ideal car for business...
...Ford's new Sierra LX accelerates into the future complete with tinted glass, a sunroof, a tachometer and many other value-for-money features. Engine choices include the smooth and flexible 2.0-litre, a power unit combining performance with economy.
- Ford Literature

Engine :

- 1593cc OHC "Pinto" engine. - As Sierra / Sapphire Saloon
- 1796cc OHC "Pinto" engine. - As Sierra L / Sapphire L
- 1993cc OHC "Pinto" engine. 4 Cylinder in-line. Sequential twin venturi carburettor with automatic choke. Electronic breakerless ignition. Max output - 77PS (DIN) at 5200rmp. Max torque - 157Nm (DIN) at 4000rpm. 0-60mph in 9.7 seconds. 26.6mpg on a simulated urban cycle rising to 46.3mpg at a constant 56mph (both manual and automatic variants. Not estate.)

Transmission : - As Sierra L / Sapphire L but automatic available on 1.8 and 2.0-litre engines only.

Brakes : - As Sierra / Sapphire Saloon

Suspension : - As Sierra / Sapphire Saloon

Exterior features : As Sierra L / Sapphire L but with the following changes - Cobra red bodyside moulding inserts. Mid-grey paint colour below bodyside moulding to match bumpers. Tinted Glass. 185/70 TR 13 tyres on 5.5Jx13 steel rims. Full wheelcovers.

Interior features : As Sierra L / Sapphire L but with the following changes - Additional stowage provision in fascia centre stack. 60:40 split rear seat back (on Sierra hatchbacks only. Sapphires have one-piece folding rear seat). Tachometer. Backlit instrument cluster with rheostat to control illumination level. Load compartment lamp.



Sierra GL and Sierra Sapphire GL.

Sierra Sapphire GL Saloon - Ford Publicity Shot Sierra GL Hatchback - Ford Publicity Shot Sierra GL Hatchback - Ford Showroom Publicity Shot GL interior - Ford Publicity shot GL interior - Ford Publicity shot GL interior rear cabin - Ford Publicity shot GL split rear seat - Ford Publicity shot
High security locks come complete with the convenience of a motorised central locking system... The distinctly luxurious specification also embraces such things as electrically operated and heated door mirrors, and extra insulation for exceptionally low noise levels... It helps fight fatigue on long journeys, and also highlights the excellence of this fleet-footed (hatchback's) six-speaker audio equipment. - Ford Literature

Engine :

- 1796cc OHC "Pinto" engine. - As Sierra L / Sapphire L
- 1993cc OHC "Pinto" engine. - As Sierra LX / Sapphire LX
- 2304cc OHV Diesel engine. - As Sierra Saloon

Transmission : - As Sierra L / Sapphire L but Automatic optional at extra cost on 2.0

Brakes : - As Sierra Saloon. ABS optional at extra cost only on 2.3 Diesel with Power steering.

Suspension : - As Sierra Saloon. Power steering available at extra cost on 2.3 Diesel only.

Exterior features : As Sierra LX with following changes - Bright insert in bumpers, bodyside mouldings and window surrounds. No below-moulding grey paint treatment. Electrically adjusted and heated door mirrors. Unique full wheel covers. Motorised central locking with torch key. Metallic paint available at extra cost.

Interior features : - As Sierra LX with following changes - additional sound insulation. "Strobe and crushed velour" fabric trim. "Starline" cloth trim on door panels. 60/40 split rear seat on both saloon and hatchback models with central armrest. Illuminated glovebox. Tunnel mounted centre console with padded arm rest and stowage provision for cassettes. Electronic self-seek AM/FM ford stereo radio cassette with six speakers. Electric front windows available as extra-cost option.



Sierra GLS and Sierra Sapphire GLS.

Sierra Sapphire GLS Saloon - Ford Publicity Shot GLS body-coloured mirror housings - Ford Publicity Shot GLS font foglamps - Ford Publicity Shot Rear tailgate spoiler (hatchback only) - Ford Publicity Shot GLS fascia - Ford Publicity shot GLS interior - Ford Publicity shot
Sporting enough to sprint from 0-60mph in just 9.3 seconds, the stylish Sierra Sapphire GLS gets its vivid performance from a 2.0-litre EFi engine with Fords EEC IV Computerised management system. Bosch fuel injection combines efficiency with exhilaration... complimented by an uprated suspension system that provides superb roadholding and handling. - Ford Literature

Engine :

- 1993cc EFi OHC "Pinto" engine. 4 Cylinder in-line. Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection and EEC IV engine management systems. Max output - 115PS (DIN) at 5500rmp. Max torque - 160Nm (DIN) at 4000rpm. 0-60mph in 9.3 seconds. 26.2mpg on a simulated urban cycle rising to 43.5mpg at a constant 56mph.

Transmission : - As Sierra L / Sapphire L but no automatic option.

Brakes : - As Sierra Saloon. ABS optional at extra cost.

Suspension : - As Sierra Saloon but with variable rate rear springs and increased diameter front anti-roll bar. Power steering available at extra cost.

Exterior features : As Sierra LX with following changes - 14" wheels and 195/60 x 14 tyres. Integral front foglights mounted in lower bumper. Tailgate spoiler (Hatchback only). Heated front windscreen optional at extra cost. Headlight wash/wipe available at extra cost. Electrically adjusted and heated door mirrors with body-coloured housings. Unique full wheel covers. Motorised central locking with torch key. Metallic paint available at extra cost.

Interior features : - As Sierra GL but with sports steering wheel and centre horn push.

Sierra Ghia and Sierra Sapphire Ghia.

Sierra Sapphire Ghia - Ford Publicity shot Sapphire Ghia - Ford Publicity shot Sierra Ghia - Ford Publicity shot Sierra Ghia - Ford Publicity shot Ghia interior - front cabin - Ford Publicity shot Ghia fuel computer - Ford Publicity shot Ghia stereo - Ford Publicity shot Ghia fascia - front cabin - Ford Publicity shot Ghia interior - rear cabin - Ford Publicity shot Electircally operated mirrors - Ford Publicity shot Ghia roof console - Ford Publicity shot
Ghia of Turin's name has long been associated with cars that provide outstanding luxury and refinement at equally attractive prices. True to that value-for-money reputation, the new Sierra Sapphire Ghia is packed with beneficial features tailored for keen drivers and passengers who like to travel in style... Central locking and all-round electrically powered windows are other assets - Ford Literature

Engine :

- 1796cc OHC "Pinto" engine. - As Sierra L / Sapphire L
- 1993cc EFi OHC "Pinto" engine. - As Sierra GLS / Sapphire GLS

Transmission : - As Sierra L / Sapphire L. Automatic gearbox available at extra cost.

Brakes : - As Sierra Saloon. ABS available at extra cost.

Suspension : - As Sierra Saloon. Power steering available at extra cost.

Exterior features : As Sierra GLS / Sapphire GLS with following changes - No below bodyside moulding paint treatment. Bright bumper, bodyside moulding and window surround inserts. Front fog lights. 14" alloy wheels ("pepperpots"). Heated front windscreen optional at extra cost. Headlight wash/wipe available at extra cost. Electrically adjusted and heated door mirrors with body-coloured housings.

Interior features : - As Sierra GL / Sapphire GL with following changes - Interior trimmed in "Astral" fabric with cut-pile carpet and unique cloth headlining. Front and rear electrically operated windows. Four door operated courtesy light with delay function. Overhead console with adjustable map lights. Pneumatic lumbar adjustment on front seats. Self-seek AM/FM stereo radio cassette with amplifier and six speakers. Luxurious rear passenger compartment with seperate heating and ventillation ducts, head restraints, central armrest and front seat back map pockets. Variable intermittant wipers. Central graphic panel warning of door ajar, bulb failure and low air temperature integrated with three function digital clock. Fuel computer available at extra cost replaces digital clock in favour of analogue backlit clock in same graphic module. Air conditioning available at extra cost. "Quickclear" heated front windscreen available at extra cost.




Sierra XR4 x 4.

Sierra XR4x4 Exterior - Ford publicity shot Sierra XR4x4 Exterior - Ford Publicity shot Sierra XR4x4 Exterior - Ford Publicity shot Sierra XR4x4 Interior - Ford Publicity shot
Potent but practical, the sensational Sierra XR4x4 is a supercar whose advanced technology provides many important benefits. Ford's acclaimed four-wheel-drive transmission gives this fast hatchback astonishing stability and traction, particularly in adverse conditions. It enables full use of the XR4x4's powerful V6 engine. - Ford Literature

Engine :

- 2792cc OHV Fi "Cologne" engine. 6 Cylinder (as two banks of three in-line). Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and EEC IV engine management systems. Max output - 150PS (DIN) at 5700rpm. Max torque - 216Nm (DIN) at 3800rpm. 0-60mph in 8.3 seconds. 18.5mpg on a simulated urban cycle rising to 36.7mpg at a constant 56mph.

Transmission : 5-speed manual gearbox. Drive to all four wheels in a 34:66 (F:R) split. Power Steering.

Brakes : Uprated ventillated front and rear disk brakes. Vacuum servo assisted with g-valve and double diaphragm brake booster.

Suspension : As Sierra GLS / Sapphire GLS but with gas-filled shock absorbers front and rear.

Exterior Features : As Sierra Ghia / Sapphire Ghia but with 7-Spoke alloy wheels. Body-coloured tailgate spoiler. Body-coloured polycarbonate bumpers with black inserts. Wide black bodyside mouldings.

Interior Features : As Sierra GLS / Sapphire GLS but with sports front seats. Mechanical lumbar adjustment. Front seatback map pockets.


Sierra / L / GL / Ghia / Ghia 4x4 Estate Cars.

Sierra GL Estate car - Ford Publicity shot
Big loads and long journeys are cut down to size by the new Ford Sierra GL estate's space, pace, comfort and low noise levels. The high value specification provides such assets as motorised central locking, electrically operated door mirrors complete with heating elements, and the option of Ford's advanced four-speed automatic transmission on the 2.0 GL - Ford Literature

Engine :

- 1593cc OHC "Pinto" engine. - As Sierra Saloon (Available : Base estate and L only)
- 1796cc OHC "Pinto" engine. - As Sierra L (Available : L, GL and Ghia)
- 1993cc OHC "Pinto" engine. - As Sierra LX (Available : GL only)
- 1993cc OHC EFi "Pinto" engine. - As Sierra GLS (Available : Ghia only)
- 2792cc OHV "Cologne" engine. - As Sierra XR4x4 (Available : Ghia 4x4 estate only)
- 2304cc OHV Diesel engine. - As Sierra Saloon (Available : Sierra L and GL only)

Transmission : - As Sierra Saloon with the following changes - Automatic transmission optional on 1.8 and 2.0 engines. Ghia 4x4 has four-wheel-drive as per XR4x4.

Brakes : - As Sierra Saloon except Ghia 4x4 estate which features all-round disk brakes as per Sierra XR4x4.

Suspension : - As Sierra Saloon but with relocated rear shock absorbers. Self levelling rear suspension standard on Ghia 4x4 but optional on othertrin levels.

Exterior features : - As Sierra Saloon / L / GL / Ghia.

Interior features : - As Sierra Saloon / L / GL / Ghia.


Sierra L Estate Business Pack :
The Sierra L Estate is available with a special business pack which includes the 1.8 Litre OHC engine. Internally and externally it is specified as the Sierra L Estate but with the following :
- 195/70 HR 13 Tyres
- Ventillated front disk brakes
- Uprated front suspension
- 1725kg permissible gross vehicle weight
- 1160kg permissible rear axle load.

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