The Ford Capri 2.0S V6 has a fairly striking appearance. A long hood, a compact passenger compartment and a small trunk. There are of course cars with more interior space and a much more convenient entry to the rear. There are also cars with more engine power and much more luggage space. But then again, there is no 'Capri' on it.
You fall for the looks of the car as a figurehead of the roaring seventies. That's how we wanted the cars to look in those years.
The seat in the Recaros (standard furniture in the 'S' version) mounted in the Ford Capri 2.0S V6 is low and sturdy. The seats are sufficiently adjustable and the seating position in relation to the handlebars is excellent. The dashboard is high; the Capri's driver just looks over the edge.
From the hood you only have the middle 'power dome' and for the length of the car itself you will really have to gain some experience. The nose of the Ford Capri 2.0S V6 is long. Seriously long. You can transport children in the back, provided they are no younger than four and no older than eight. Due to their size, the now legally required child seats can hardly be placed in the back of the Capri. And if it does not work in terms of space, your back will give way after such an exercise. There is room for children older than eight, provided they have no legs. In fact, the Capri is a 2 + 2 and not a full four-seater.
Under the hood
The somewhat slow two-liter V6 is neatly placed lengthwise in the front. Another one would have been appropriate, everything is so spacious. The exhaust gases are removed by two V6-typical exhaust pipes. One on each side of the car. This way you can recognize at a glance the six-spits of the lesser gods, because they only have an outlet on the left.
The 90 hp that the V6 squeezes out are sufficient, but nothing more. Auditively, the Ford Capri 2.0S V6 is a party, because the six-cylinder is excellent. But the performances aren't to brag about on birthdays. The acceleration from zero to a hundred soon takes 13 seconds. The Capri's sporty appearance contrasts sharply with its performance.
Between shore and ship
Viewed in this way, the Ford Capri 2.0S V6 falls slightly between two stools: it looks like a sports car but has the character of a normal family car. And to think that there are also four cylinders delivered of 2000 cc, 1600 cc, 1500 cc and even 1300 cc. I wouldn't even dare to enter the highway with the latter, but here too the advancing frame of reference might play tricks on me. Back in the early 100s, 100 horsepower in a car was an exception. Only a few exotics made it to the XNUMX hp limit at the time. Ford had not looked at it so crazy by also supplying the Capri with small engines. That kept the car affordable and so it came within reach of many and that contributed to the success of the car.
Partly reproduced from Auto Motor Klassiek number 6 of 2011.
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