In 1968, Bud Moore took his Cougars racing in the newly formed series. A 290 hp 216 kW 351 Windsor V8 was also added to the engine lineup. The last Mercury Cougar rolled off the assembly line on August 9, 2002; following the end of its production, the Mercury model line offered no cars with engines until the 2006. For its first two generations, the Cougar was derived from the Ford Mustang; initially developed as a pony car, it replaced the Cyclone muscle car in the Mercury model line. New options for the 1970 Cougar were interior upholstery and vinyl top in bold houndstooth check patterns.
Originally slated to be launched with dual airbags, cost overruns and market demand necessitated the use of automatic seatbelts to meet passive-restraint requirements. It also came in vibrant colors, such as white, bright blue metallic, competition orange, and bright yellow. Optional was the 264 hp 197 kW 351 Cobra Jet V8. Factory support dried up towards the end of the season and the Cougars began to show their wear. Other teams, including , would continue to race this generation of Cougar in through the 1980 season. During its production, the seventh-generation Mercury Cougar underwent several revisions. In the interest of fuel economy, the 460 V8 was withdrawn from intermediates, with the 173 hp 400 V8 as the highest-displacement engine.
ColorFilter selectedColorList, 'exteriorColorFilter', 'exteriorColorName', 'Color', 'colors', null ; colorFilter. For 1982 only, the mid-size Cougar was offered as a station wagon replacing the Zephyr station wagon. If a loss of vacuum occurred, the doors would retract up so that the headlights were visible if the system should fail. Between 1969 and 1973, Cougar were offered. The wheelbase grew to 114 inches 2,896 mm and became practically the only car to be upsized during the downsizing decade of the 1970s. The Cougar continued to be a Mustang twin for seven years, and could be optioned as a. The days of performance-oriented muscle cars were coming to an end.
The standard engine continued to be the 168 hp 125 kW 351 Cleveland two-barrel V8. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. Units Affected 159565 125 mph is plenty fast. The Cougar S was so close to production, though, many of its parts are still available to order from the dealership and it is listed in many parts catalogs and insurance databases. Derived from the fifth-generation Cougar sedan, the Ford-badged Cougar Brougham was produced with the front and rear fascias of the 1983—1986. Intended for a 1998 model year launch, the new Probe shifted its design from the to a platform shared with the.
The Cougar acquired the of the personal luxury car in the 1970s:. The 20th Anniversary Cougar was fitted with the 4. Since it took so long to respond two days and greatly because of the one review, I decided not to deal with this dealer. For 1981, Mercury expanded the Cougar into its premium mid-size product line, as two-door and four-door sedans were introduced. The one review stated the dealer had instructed another buyer where to drive on a test run. To visually stretch the roofline, a compound-curved rear window replaced the nearly flat rear glass and the rear quarter windows were redesigned with a curve inversely matching the windshield angle.
The center grille piece was now larger, sharing its appearance with the 1971. The new option appeared in 1968: Ford's first factory-installed electric. After skipping the 1998 model year, Mercury introduced the eighth-generation Mercury Cougar for the 1999 model year at the. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557774727270 ; listingsSearchManager. For its third and fourth generations, the Cougar adopted the chassis of the Ford Torino intermediate.
Archived from on 13 January 2017. As part of an extensive revision of the Ford and Mercury model ranges, the mid-size Mercury model range shifted from the Cougar to the split from the full-size. The team featured superstar-caliber drivers, such as Captain , , , , and Ed Leslie. You could… Unraveling The Cougar ConundrumMercury says it wants to get youthful. Engines were shuffled around a bit with the 429 engine option no longer available. The 1968 model year included federally mandated and front outboard among some minor changes.
Archived from on 11 October 2008. SellerTypeFilter selectedSellerTypeList, null ; sellerTypeFilter. For 1996, the Cougar received a major restyling sharing its entire front fascia with the Ford Thunderbird except for the front bumper cover and grille. While the Thunderbird adopted a fastback roofline, the Cougar adopted a notchback roofline with a near-vertical backlight, distinguished by upswept rear side windows. For the 2001 model year, the Cougar was updated with new headlights, front and rear fascias, and updated interior trim. A four-speed overdrive automatic transmission was paired with both engines.
For 1991, to increase demand for the Cougar, Mercury introduced a 200 hp version of the 5. Three new engines were added to the option list this year: the 230 hp 172 kW 302 cu in 4. Compared to the 1967 version, the 1975 version weighed a full 1,000 lb 450 kg more. No longer able to use gross power numbers, the manufacturers had to use net power figures, which dropped the once-mighty figures down substantially. But with more features, the Cougar was gaining in weight, as well. In various forms, the latter engine would remain in use by the Cougar through 1997. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter.
WheelSystemFilter selectedWheelSystemList, null ; wheelSystemFilter. The new standard Cougar engine was a 250-horsepower 351 Windsor. In the redesign, the powertrain offerings were revised. Ford of Venezuela marketed the Fox-platform Cougar from 1983 to 1986 as the Ford Cougar Brougham four-door sedan. Nevertheless, the focus continued away from performance and toward luxury, evolving it into a plush pony car.