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  Ford Streetka

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Introduced in:2002
Introduced at:2002 Paris Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionA modern interpretation of the traditional two-seater roadster inspired by classics like the MG Midget and Frog-Eye Sprite, Streetka offers fun, open-air driving in a stylish yet affordable two-seater package. Its head-turning looks remain faithful to the original Turin show car, and exemplifies Ford's plans to develop unique spin-off niche models from mainstream lines.

Designed by an in-house team lead by Ford design chief Chris Bird, Streetka has been engineered from the ground-up in a new relationship with the renowned Italian design house and coachbuilder, Industrie Pininfarina. Working closely with Ford, Pininfarina has taken Streetka from show car plinth to production reality in around 24 months.

As befits its status as the style flagship of the Ka range, Streetka is powered by a new 1.6-litre Duratec engine that develops a lusty 95PS at 5,500 rpm and 135 Nm at 4,250 rpm. Built in South Africa, the 8-valve engine has been designed to deliver muscular mid-range response, imbuing Streetka with exceptional urban agility and motorway overtaking capability. Nearly 90 per cent of maximum torque is available between 1500-4500rpm.

Particular attention has also been paid to Streetka's refinement levels to isolate the driver from road and powertrain noise and vibration. The Duratec engine is mounted on a new hydromount, similar to that used in the award-winning Ford Focus. Tuned to the specific characteristics of Streetka's engine, the hydromount dramatically reduces the level of vibration and noise transferred into the cabin. The remaining two engine mounts were stiffened by a further 25 per cent. Additional sound-deadening material was added at the front between the engine and passenger compartment, and at the rear between the luggage and soft-top cavities to isolate the cabin further.

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