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Mercury Cougar

Mercury Cougar
Displacement (bore*stroke)5.769 cm³ (101,6 mm * 88,9 mm)
Compression ratio11,0 : 1 (petrol)
Engine controlohv (chain)
Valves2 per cylinder
Mixture preparationDual carburettors
CoolingLiquid, pump circulation, 13,8 litres
LubricationPump circulation, main flow oil filter, 3,8 litres
Maximum torque515 Nm at 3400 rpm
Maximum performance193 kW (202 HP) at 4000 rpm
TransmissionAutomatic three-speed, optional four-speed manual
Drive trainFront engine, longitudinal,
Rear drive
Wheelbase2.822 mm
Turning circle l/r12.600/12.700 mm
Front suspensionDouble wishbone
Rear suspensionRigid axle, leaf springs
SteeringRecirculating ball
Brakes f/rDiscs/drums, brake booster dual circuit
Wheels185 HR 14
Length4.985 mm
Width1.890 mm
Height1.311 mm
Payload385 kg
Kerb weight1.615 kg +driver
Tank capacity76 litres
Maximum speedApprox. 200 km/h
Purchase priceFrom 20,600 DM (Hardtop)
Year of manufacturing1970
Electric system12 V/ 45 Ah/ 500 W

Mercury is as a Ford-subsidiary, slotted in between their own marque and the Lincoln. Although Mercury also has extremely large cars in their programme, the Cougar fits in between the Ford Mustang and the Ford Thunderbird. Compared with the Pontiac GTO, which is also available in Europe, it represents the somewhat smaller variation.

Should one make this comparison, then the smaller engine makes itself noticed. This doesn't mean just the primitive power when accelerating and the somewhat lower top-speed. In the USA, the Cougar can of course, also be had with a cubic capacity of up to seven litres. By the way, just as a matter of interest, the fuel consumption of the two cars doesn't vary much at all.

The smaller Cougar, as far as it's dimensions and weight are concerned, is substantially more reasonable. Indeed, for the normal, typical American fittings, e.g., electric windows, one would have to pay more. Also the interior, with its imitation wood panelling and small glove compartment, leaves room for improvement.

If you don't really understand the reason why the lids can't always be closed without problems, we would like to point out that Cougar is of course, another name for the Puma, the likeness of which is mostly found on the bonnet, also on the early models, and the lid should somehow represent its teeth.

Although the Cougar, with its leaf-springs, has the more simple rear-axle compared with the GTO, it lies better on the road without having any particular loss of comfort. This is presumably because of the conversions made for the European market and stamping rear axles were well known at this time, although more in the mid-range- than in the luxury class.

In contrast to that of the GTO, even the steering is praised, indeed, the wind noises caused by the frameless windows, is reproved. This Mercury is indeed, a typical Ford, reasonably priced and without serious shortcomings. 05/15               Top of page               Index
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