But before getting stuck into the TF, which stands for Team Ford, it is worth recapping the XR6 and XR6 Interceptor stories.
Although no definitive meaning is given for the XR moniker, we do know that Ford America first made use of it on the 1977 Cougar XR7 and continued to apply it to its sporting saloons through the 1980s. Ford South Africa were quick to follow suit with the lettering, launching the Cortina XR6 in August 1980 which like the Cougar XR7, pulled at the performance-orientated heart strings. It did this by taking the 3-litre Essex-powered Cortina 3000S and adding a range of accessories to make it look and mentally go that much faster – the basic changes including colour-coded bumpers, blackened brightwork, twin spot lights, front and rear spoilers in black and a big bore exhaust system.
In its January 1981 test, Car magazine boldly stated that with a 0 to 80km/h sprint of 6.3 seconds, top speed of 180km/h on a flat road, the ability to pull smoothly from 20km/h and stop cleanly from 90km/h to zero in three seconds it was a very special kind of car, offering GT motoring in the grand style, and quite spectacular value for something like R8 500.