The Merkur XR4Ti
1986 Merkur XR4Ti Commercial
The ride was very European. The Clutch on the 5-speed manual was smooth, (as was the uptake).. It had 170hp, and 195lb ft of torque.. Quite a feat for a car of this size and an engine that was initially developed for a Ford Pinto/Mercury Bobcat, in the 70's.. Aside of the standout shape of this car, another thing that caught your attention was the irate Bi-wing spoiler on the rear. It added a feel of sportiness and sophistication to the XR4Ti.. The car was made faster and hotter for each year that it was in production until the demise of Merkur four short years later in 1989.. The car did continue to prevail in Europe as a best seller and an autobahn runner.. Whenever I rented a car in Europe and needed something large, relatively fast and comfy, this was always my car.. If you still have a Merkur of any kind consider yourself lucky. Not because the cars are worth a lot of money, but because u are a part of a pretty small demographic of our society as the cars are indeed quite different..