We all have our favourite sports cars and there are many outstanding models that catch our attention and the imagination of millions. The obvious ones would be Porsche, Ferrari and the Aston Martin to name but a few. Yet there are other sports cars that have been overlooked and have been produced by some manufactures that you would not have usually associate with these high performance cars.
The Ford Probe was a car that was produced by Ford and was only available on the North American market between 1989 and 1997. Ford teamed up with Mazda for the design and concept of the car.
Based upon the Mazda GD concept, the car offers a 2.2-litre engine and an inline four-cylinder engine.
This machine was very much a work of great engineering in it’s own right, and could easily compete with the best of the rest. The overall feel of the car offered the benefits of a modern day sports car as well as the luxury components that you would not have associated with a car like this until that point.
Ford also offered a GT version that provided you with everything that the LX version had but had a 2.2-litre turbo charged intercooled four-cylinder engine producing 145 horsepower. The GT also featured four wheel disc breaks, ABS, three-way adjustable suspension and power steering.
1993 saw the Probe have a facelift that some considered to be a good thing, making it more appealing and a look that reflected the ‘get up and go’ feel of the car. The LX, which was the next model up came with additional luxuries like electric windows, electric mirrors and eventually saw an upgrade in 1990 when the engine was upgraded to 3.0-litre V6 as standard.
Comparisons of the two models saw the GL come with standard 2.0-litre DOHC (Double Over Head Cam) engine supplying 118 of horsepower and the GT model offered a 2.5-litre, 164 horsepower DOHC V6.
The Probe had a pretty good run and ongoing modifications made the car a right choice for many people. With almost a 20 year life span the car was changed to meet the needs and demands of the public and by today’s standard the second edition was the one that caught the attention of many members of the motoring community.