Ford Taunus V4 engine

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Ford Taunus V4
Saab Sonett III Ford V4 engine.jpg
Ford Taunus V4 in a Saab Sonett III
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Also called Taunus V4
Production 1962 - 1981
Configuration 60° OHV V4
Displacement 1.2 L (1183 cc)
1.3 L (1288 cc)
1.5 L (1498 cc)
1.7 L (1699 cc)
Cylinder bore 1.2 L: 80 mm
1.3 L: 84 mm
1.5 L: 90 mm
1.7 L: 90 mm
Piston stroke 1.2 L: 58 mm
1.3 L: 58 mm
1.5 L: 58 mm
1.7 L: 66 mm
Cylinder block alloy Cast iron
Cylinder head alloy Cast iron
Valvetrain OHV 2 valves per cylinder
Supercharger Naturally aspirated (stock)
Fuel system Carbureted
Fuel type Gasoline ( Leaded )
Oil system Wet sump (stock)
Cooling system Jacketed block (stock)

The Ford Taunus V4 engine was a 60° V4 piston engine with one balance shaft, introduced by Ford Motor Company in Germany in 1962. The German V4 was built in the Cologne plant and powered the Ford Taunus and German versions of the Consul, Capri, and Transit.


Balance shaft

In common with other V4 and V6 engines, but unlike longer V engines with more cylinders, the connecting rods do not share a crankpin on the crankshaft.

The V4 was later expanded into the Ford Cologne V6 engine that was used in the Ford Capri, Ford Taunus, Ford Cortina, Ford Consul, Ford Granada, Ford Sierra, Ford Scorpio, Ford Ranger, Ford Explorer, Ford Mustang, Mercury Capri, and many other cars. The V4 engine was (and still is) also used in industrial applications: pumps, electrical generators, and in agricultural machinery and snowcats. In automobiles, the Taunus V4 was replaced by the Ford OHC/Pinto engine.

Initially the V4 engine was designed by Ford for a new entry compact car intended for the US market to be called the Ford "Cardinal", which eventually evolved into the Taunus 12m P4. Ford abandoned the "Cardinal" project and instead built the Ford Falcon for North America. Ford then sought other uses for the V4 engine which was initially tested in the Saab 96. Ford bought several Saab 96s for testing and eventually sold the cars back to Saab with the V4 engines in them. Saab tested the V4s at their Trollhattan test track which stimulated Saab to acquire the V4 engine for their 95, 96, and 97 (Sonett) introduced in August 1966 (1967 production model). The V4 engine eliminated the need to mix oil with fuel for the two-cycle Saab "Shrike" engine and provided better low end torque. Saab dealers offered the first owner a "Lifetime Warranty" for the V4 for US$50.



The 1.2 L (1183 cc) version features an 80.0 mm bore (3.15 in) and 58.86 mm (2.3 in) stroke. Output was 40 hp (29 kW) and 80 N⋅m (59 lb⋅ft) or 45 hp (33 kW) and 82 N⋅m (60 lb⋅ft).



The 1.3 L (1288 cc) version had an 84.00 mm (3.3 in) bore and 58.86 mm (2.3 in) stroke. Output was 50 hp (37 kW) and 95 N⋅m (70 lb⋅ft) or 53 hp (39 kW) and 98 N⋅m (72 lb⋅ft).



The 1.5 L (1498 cc) V4 had a 90.0 mm bore (3.54 in) and 58.86 mm (2.3 in) stroke. It produced 55 hp (40 kW) and 107 N⋅m (79 lb⋅ft), 60 hp (44 kW) and 114 N⋅m (84 lb⋅ft) or 65 hp (48 kW) and 117 N⋅m (86 lb⋅ft) at 2500 rpm.


  • 1962-1966 Ford Taunus 12M P4
  • 1966-1970 Ford Taunus 12M P6
  • 1966-1970 Ford Taunus 15M P6
  • 1964-1967 Ford Taunus 17M P5
  • 1967-1971 Ford Taunus 17M P7
  • 1969-1972 Ford Capri
  • Ford Transit 1000[1]
  • 1967-1980 Saab 95 and Saab 96 (European market)
  • 1967-1974 Saab 95, Saab 96 and Saab Sonett (USA market)
  • The 1962 "Mustang I" Concept car (tuned to 90 hp (67 kW))
  • 1970s Thiokol 1404 Imp snowcat


The 1.7 L (1699 cc) V4 had a 90.0 mm bore (3.54 in) and 66.8 mm (2.63 in) stroke. It produced 65 hp (48 kW) and 129 N⋅m (95 lb⋅ft), 70 hp (52 kW) and 137 N⋅m (101 lb⋅ft) or 75 hp (55 kW) and 130 N⋅m (96 lb⋅ft).


  • 1966-1970 Ford Taunus 12M P6
  • 1966-1970 Ford Taunus 15M P6
  • 1964-1967 Ford Taunus 17M P5
  • 1967-1971 Ford Taunus 17M P7
  • 1965-1972 Ford Transit Mark I
  • 1967-1972 Matra 530
  • 1969-1972 Ford Capri
  • 1972-1975 Ford Consul (German version)
  • 1975-1981 Ford Granada (German version)
  • 1971-1974 Saab 95, Saab 96 and Saab Sonett, low compression version with 55 hp (41 kW) (same as its contemporary 1500 cc 95/96) for USA market

Also, some DKW Munga, a Jeep like vehicle used in the German army were retrofitted with this Ford V4, to replace its standard two-stroke engine.

Since the engine mounts and gearbox connections are identical between the Ford Cologne V6 engine and the V4, some vintage V4 Saab 96s were modified to take a V6, for rally racing, although this dramatically changed the weight distribution and steering characteristics.

Since the Saab 96 was used for rallying it was also tuned. In the rally versions it was bored and stroked to 1784 cc and 1933 cc giving around 150 hp (110 kW) in the naturally aspirated version and 200 hp (150 kW) DIN at 7000 rpm in the Saab 96 RC Turbo version, doing 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in five seconds. SAAB also tuned the engine to 240 hp.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Becker, Clauspeter (1971), Logoz, Arthur, ed., "Fiat 128", Auto-Universum 1971 (in German), Zürich, Switzerland: Verlag Internationale Automobil-Parade AG, XIV: 109
  2. ^ "Bilsport: Okristligt snabb turbo-Saab med 200 frampiskade hästar (advertisement)". Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  3. ^

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