1991 Mercury Cougars
1991 Cougar XR7
In Ford's continuing quest
to keep the car fresh, the Cougar received a minor freshening for 1991.
The car now had a more solid look, thanks to the new trapezoidal waterfall
grille and "cat's-eye" headlamps. Ford went back to the look of the 1987-88
Cougars with these new headlamps, as only one bulb was needed now. The
front bumper was given two pierced "nostrils" per side to let air in, and
they were aligned with the new grille to continue the trapezoidal theme.
The hood was now separated from the grille, and the sculpted hood lines
were given a more aggressive flare-off toward the windshield. New taillights
continued the Mercury bar theme, only now a "bubble" protruded from the
center of each taillight, horizontally, with the car's nomenclature attached
there. And, brand new side trim was installed---it actually tapered toward
the back of the car.
Finally, after over 2 years
of work, Ford engineers were able to fit the 5.0 V8 into the new Cougar
platform. Surprisingly, the only major revision was the upper intake manifold,
with shorter runners to clear the hood. And, Ford wisely used the High
Output V8 for this motor, instead of the standard output V8 it had used
in the Fox chassis cars. Power was now up to 200 hp even. The V8 was optional,
however, as the base engine was still the 3.8 V6. The LS model now had
a non-speed sensitive feature; the electronic speed assist was still available
on the XR7.
The bad news was----the supercharged
3.8 was cancelled for the XR7. It did, however, have the new 5.0 standard,
and all the features of the previous XR7 were retained. So, the XR7 was
still a performance model. Visually, the XR7 was still monochromatic, with
Black and Oxford White continued from the previous year. Bright Red was
no longer available; in its place was Electric Red. And, fog lamps were
integrated into the front bumper lower portion. Finally, the letters "XR7
5.0L HO" appeared on the molding directly behind each door.
gained a set of bumper-mounted fog lamps standard.
For the interior, the secondary
glove box on the dash was deleted. The XR7 received a new instument cluster,
due to the disapperance of the supercharged V6. The LS had a new analog
cluster standard, with the digital dash optional. Also, the XR7 style cluster
could be optioned when an LS was ordered with the 5.0 V8. The LS lost the
bright trim surrounding the dash panel but retained the wood trim. The
XR7 continued with its bright silver interior trim.
LS - 3.8 (232 cid) V6; 140
hp @ 3800 rpm; 215 lb-ft torque @ 2400 rpm
XR7 - 5.0 (302 cid) V8;
200 hp @ 4000 rpm; 275 lb-ft torque @ 3000 rpm
LS and XR7 - AOD 4-speed
LS - Front 10.9 inch disc,
rear 9.8 inch drum
XR7 - Front 10.9 inch disc,
rear 10.0 inch disc with antilock brakes
Wheelbase - 113"
Overall Length - 199.9
Overall Width - 72.7
Overall Height - 52.7
Cargo Capacity - 14.7 cubic
Fuel Capacity - 19.0 gallons
LS - 3587 lb.
LS (w/V8) - 3753 lb.
XR7 (w/auto) - 3800 lb.
GRAND TOTAL -
NOTE: 15.9% of 1991 Cougars
(10,146 cars) had the 5.0 V8 option.
Mercury Cougar Model Info
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