We enjoy the Ford Capri 2.8i Special and put it fully to the test
1 DailY DriViNG
If economy is a priority then the Cologne V6’s thirst (in spite of its Bosch K-Jetronic system) is unlikely to impress, being somewhere in the high teens to low twenties, which is likely to make everyday driving expensive. In all other respects, though, the Capri MkIII is ideally suited to daily transport, given how easy it is to drive. It’s comfortable, visibility is good due to the slim pillars and its trademark oval rear windows, and it remains completely unruffled in traffic.
2 iN tHE sErViCE BaY
Maintaining a Capri is straightforward. Access to engine bay service items is good, with the distributor, battery and even the washer fluid reservoir not obscured by hoses and pipework. Sourcing parts to complete an annual service shouldn’t be much of a bother either, with marque specialists and general motor factors able to assist. As such, if you fancy looking after a Capri from the comfort of your own driveway or garage, there are few reasons not to do so.
3 oN tHE sHoW CirCUit
Expect your weekends to fill up quickly with a Capri – from smaller shows or evening pub meetings to larger events which are either marque-specific or general classic extravaganzas, you’ll be welcomed with open arms. It’s a thoroughly British coupé that’s as equally well thought of today as it was in period. What’s more, the Capri’s go-anywhere nature (more on that in a moment) means that as long as your wallet can keep up with the fuel bills, it wouldn’t be a chore for you and your passengers – or a challenge for the car itself – to visit events at opposite ends of the country over consecutive weekends.
4 tHE loNG WEEKEND
Lifting the rear hatch reveals plenty of room for a holdall or two, space that can be enhanced further by folding the rear seats. That said, if you’ve a mate or three tagging along for the ride they won’t find the rear space particularly cramped. The V6-engined versions of the Capri are perfectly happy cruising at 70mph on long motorway trips. You might find the wind noise tiresome on longer journeys – but that’s a minor grumble at best.
5 tHE B-roaD Blast
While more than capable of covering big distances, it’s on minor roads where the Capri does its best work. Ford’s rear-drive performance hero has a reputation as for tailout antics but you’ll be surprised at how benign it is;rather than biting back at your exuberance the Capri’s way of suggesting that you cool it down is through mild and easily corrected understeer. Have fun, without going too silly, and the Capri won’t disappoint.
EnginE 2792cc/V6/OHV PowEr 160bhp@5700rpm TorquE 162lb ft@4200rpm MAXiMuM SPEEd 129mph 0-60MPh 7.9sec FuEL ConSuMPTion 18-23mpg TrAnSMiSSion RWD, five-speed manual EnginE oiL Castrol XL20w/50 – 4.25 litres gEArBoX oiL Castrol EP80 – 2 litres AXLE oiL Castrol EP90 – 1.1 litres
The injected Capri Mkiii is in its element on B-roads, where over-exuberance is kept in check by mild understeer.