The 2014 Radical RXC Hits US Shores with Ford Mustang, F150 Powerplants
The Radical SR and SR8 have proven themselves at the Nurburgring in Germany as some of the fastest street legal cars in the world but Radical cars didn’t get as much credit in the US because they weren’t legal for road use – until the company introduced their new Radical RXC. Unlike the SR and SR8, the new Radical RXC has a closed cockpit design so it makes a far more realistic road car for Americans. Anticipating more interest from the US market, the British automaker went through the process of making the RXC street legal in California. Now that Radical has gotten the RXC approved for use in California –arguably the toughest state in the US to get a car approved for registration – the company can begin marketing their super high performance sports cars to American buyers.
Helping the new Radical RXC is a pair of engines sourced from Ford Motor Company. The standard Radical RXC is powered by the same 3.7L V6 that will serve as the base engine for the 2015 Ford Mustang but for use in the RXC – that TiVCT V6 has been souped up to the tune of 380 horsepower and 320lb-ft of torque. While that is a fair increase in power compared to what is offered by the base Mustang but when you consider the fact that the RXC weighs a shade under 2,000 pounds – it doesn’t take much power to make for a very, very fast car. The naturally aspirated “base model” Radical RXC can dash from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds en route to a top speed of 175 miles per hour.
The new option for this sleek sports car is the new Radical RXC Turbo. This version packs the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that powers the Ford F150, the Ford Taurus SHO and a variety of other FoMoCo vehicles but thanks to a handful of modifications, the Ford EcoBoost V6 packs 454 horsepower and 500lb-ft of torque into the 2,072 pound RXC Turbo. This extra power helps the RXC Turbo to rip from a standstill to 60 in 2.6 seconds with a top speed of 185 miles per hour.