Ford Zetec Engine Information

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Ford Zetec Engine Information
Four-cylinder Zetec engines powered the Ford Fiesta. (New Ford Fiesta image by zimous from

Ford Zetec engines are a family of in-line four-cylinder engines designed for compact cars. Ford initially called the engine the Zeta, but changed it to Zetec to avoid trademark infringement of the name owned by Lancia.


Ford fitted the Zetec four-cylinders first in the subcompact European Ford Escorts in 1991 and later the Fiestas. The engines saw service in the European Ford Mondeo and the U.S.-built Ford Contour and Mercury Mystic from 1995 to 2000. Zetecs also powered the 1999 to 2002 Mercury Cougar and the 2000 to 2003 Ford Escape, Ford Focus and Mazda Tribute.

Displacement and Power

The engines began as 1.25-litre power plants in 1991 and subsequently grew to 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 2 and 2.3 litres. Engine horsepower started at 90, but Ford retuned it for later models to generate 105 and 115 horsepower. Some Escorts featured 115-horsepower Zetecs, while the Mondeo received 130-horsepower 2-liter versions.

Performance 2-Liter

Ford's Special Vehicle Engineering Team developed a 2-liter Zetec with a 3.338-inch bore and a 3.465-inch stroke for the 2002 high-performance SVT Focus. The engine features a 10.2:1 compression ratio and cast aluminium pistons. The engine generates 170 horsepower and 145ft.-lbs. of torque to clock 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 135mph.

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