National Geographic : 1983 Jul
The all-new 1984 FordTempo Style and technology in total harmony. Form follows function. In its creation of Tempo, Ford set out to design a car that would prove that a spacious inte rior, comfort and performance could be compatible with fuel effi ciency. Ford engineers began with a sound design principle: Form follows function. First came completely new functional ideas. And then Tempo's pleasing form followed-naturally Designed by a world leader in aerodynamics. Ford is an acknowl edged world leader in aerodynamic design. And Ford's aerodynamic expertise is well expressed in the '84 Tempo. Aerodynamic design can have a profound effect on the performance of any car. No more than six horsepower is needed for Tempo to overcome air resistance at 50 mph. This results in less fuel consumed. And impressive fuel economy figures are not the only result. The air flow is directed to reduce lift for improved stability and directional control. The world's most advanced automotive computer. If you've ever had your car's engine buck and stall on a cold morning... or choke up on a hot day... or had any irregular power output due to weather, temperature or Available in 2-door (above) and 4-door (at right) altitude-you'll appreciate the capabilities of Tempo's new EEC-IV computer. COMPUTER FUNCTIONS " Pedal Position SFuelAir Mixture * Spark Advance * Intake-Air Temp. . Engine Speed SCrankshaft Position SEngine Coolant Temp. * Amount of 02 in Exhaust Gas EEC-IV (Electronic Engine Control) monitors and controls engine oper ationpreciselyand instantly under any con ditions for optimum power output and fuel efficiency. New Powertrain. Developed specifically for Tempo, the 2300 HSC (High Swirl Combustion) four-cylinder engine works in concert with the EEC-V computer. This high-compression (9-to-1) engine generates 84 horsepower at 4400 rpm.' There's a surpris ingly quick power response to even slight throttle pressure. Available with 4-speed, 5-speed or automatic transaxles. High mileage? Although EPA mileage ratings were not available at the time of publication, Ford Engineering tests project 42 estimated high way and 28 estimated mpg* Ride and handling. Tempo's front-wheel drive design not only delivers added tire-to road traction, but pro vides precise handling and tight cornering. Tempo's new-design 4 wheel independent sus pension permits each wheel to absorb road shocks independently This results in better han dling and a smooth, quiet ride. Computer refined interior. Computer technology and designer ingenuity have joined forces to ensure the best use of Tempo's interior space. Its five seat configuration allows for a comfortable combination of head, shoulder and legroom. In fact, there is more rear passenger room than a Mercedes 300D. Commitment to quality. An example of Ford's commitment to quality is the closeness and uniform ity of the body panel fits. You can compare Tempo's stringent standards to those set by any European Sports Sedan. What's under Tempo's glistening paint? Three more full coats of tough acrylic enamel and two coats of primer. That's almost 10 pounds of pro tection. The final result: a tough, brilliant finish that is highly resistant to weather, chipping, crack ing and peeling. Pick up the Tempo ofyour life. To obtain a brochure with more information on Ford's all-new sedan, see your Ford Dealer or call 1-800-772 -2100. Get it together Buckle up. 1Based on SAE standard J1349. *The above estimates are pro jected Ford ratings based on Ford Engineering test data, and are expected to be very close to offi cial EPA ratings. Use for comparison. Your mileage may differ depending on speed, dis tance and weather. Actual highway mileage and California ratings will probably be lower. See your Ford Dealer for a copy of the Gas Mileage Guide when available. Have you driven a Ford ... lately?