The RS Cosworth was mainly designed for the Group A and World Rally Car disciplines of the World Rally Championship. It won eight events as a Group A machine and two as a WRC car.
Need for Speed: ProStreet
In spite of having a lower power output than some tier 2 cars, the Escort RS Cosworth can keep up well with its class rivals due to its quick 0-60mph acceleration and an all-wheel drive configuration which benefits its cornering abilities.
Players may utilise the Escort RS Cosworth in Grip, as its handling can prove to be useful in most race events.
Need for Speed: Undercover
The Escort RS Cosworth appears in Need for Speed: Undercover as an unlocked tier 4 vehicle with a $36,500 price tag.
It has the highest top speed out of any tier 4 car in the game, as it can hit 191 mph (307 km/h). Its corporate sibling, the Ford Focus ST, is also capable of a high top speed. Acceleration-wise, the Escort RS is average.
Need for Speed: Shift
The Escort RS Cosworth appears in Need for Speed: Shift as a tier 1 car with a $22,000 price tag. It is capable of a Works conversion and is featured with a 2.50 Car Rating.
Need for Speed: Nitro
The Escort RS Cosworth appears in Need for Speed: Nitro as a class B car and costs $30,000. It is rated 2 in speed, acceleration, handling and drifting; and 3 in strength.
An Escort RS Cosworth with a unique livery can be unlocked as a Collectable Car for use in both Arcade Mode and Career Mode, once the player finishes the Silver Cup Grand Prix in 3rd place.
Need for Speed: World
Quick acceleration and a responsive steering due to a low weight count as the best traits of the Escort RS Cosworth, which are comparable to the Ford Focus RS. Its main disadvantages are a weak nitrous boost and a small chance of oversteer in corners. Top speed is 160 mph (257 km/h).
Shift 2: Unleashed
The Escort RS Cosworth appears in Shift 2: Unleashed as a Retro Road class car with a $17,500 price tag. It is featured with a D 190 performance rating and a 2.74 handling rating.
It can out-accelerate rivals with similar ratings and is notable for its stable driving behaviour in corners. However, it lacks in top speed.
Due to being the cheapest all-wheel drive car, the Escort RS Cosworth may be a suitable option for a starter car with grippy handling and good acceleration.