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Tamiya's Classic Sierra XR4i - Finished!
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Ontario, Canada
Member Since: September 20, 2013
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Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2020 - 01:25 PM UTC
I generally find that if a car has polarizing styling, and a lot of people find it weird or ugly, then Iíll be on the other side of the fence. A perfect example is the Mustang SVO Ė I love Ďem! I also have a thing for bug-eyed EXPs and 4-door Vettes, so take that for what itís worth!

One car Iíve always loved that fits in with these styling oddities is the Ford Sierra XR4i. We got them in North America as ďMerkur XR4TiĒs, but they didnít do very well. Still, I thought they looked awesome, and I havenít changed my mind in the intervening decades.

No surprise then that Iíve wanted the Tamiya Sierra XR4i for a while! Well, I got one, and now Iíve got it done! I have to say, it was a bit of an uneven build; some parts were great, other features of the kit were less so. Still, itís awesome to finally have one of these ďaerodynamic frogsĒ on display!

Check it out here, and let me know what you think!

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New Hampshire, United States
Member Since: December 12, 2002
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Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2020 - 03:34 PM UTC
Always loved these and it looks great next to the other two turbos. (I lost my Turbo Coupe T-Bird in the move two years ago.
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Virginia, United States
Member Since: August 24, 2005
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 12:44 AM UTC
They were a cool looking car back in the day. I very nearly bought a used Merkur XR4Ti many years ago but in the end I'm glad I didn't - Ford dumped the brand and parts would've been a hassle.
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New York, United States
Member Since: December 04, 2010
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 01:11 AM UTC
Very nicely done in it's showroom trim.

I too nearly bought a Merkur XR4Ti because Scott Pruett drove one under the Roush team banner. the only thing that stopped the purchase was my wife who just didn't like the overall looks of the car.

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Auckland, New Zealand
Member Since: September 03, 2013
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 09:15 AM UTC
Well done Adam! That's a great representation of a Ford Sierra. They were very common in this part of the world since we tend to get Euro Fords rather than US Ford in NZ. The Turbo version was also very popular in sports car racing in the 80's.