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1992 Mercury Cougars

The

1992

Cougar

XR7

This was essentially a carryover
year for the Cougar, with nothing much changed. Still standard was the
3.8 V6 (LS model), and the 5.0 V8 was optional in the LS and standard in
the XR7. The fuel tank capacity was reduced by 1 gallon.


The 1992 XR7
received new 16" finned wheels.

Trivia buffs
take note: This was the ONLY model year that this particular 16" wheel
was offered, and only on the Cougar XR7, making them extremely rare to
find.

Also, in addition to Black,
Oxford White, and Electric Red, the XR7 received two unique new monochromatic
colors: Silver and Mocha Frost. Both are considered very rare due to the
limited production of XR7's and late availability of those colors. On the
inside, the XR7 received the same woodgrain trim as the LS model.

It was
announced in late 1991 that a 25th Anniversary Cougar model would indeed
be produced. As a departure from the Medium Cabernet Red color on the

20th Anniversary model offered
in 1987, this new car would be painted

Tourmaline Green. The color
was initially met with some concern; however,

green was beginning to be
a popular color in the early 1990's, and this was a

golden (no pun intended)
opportunity to make the Cougar a hip attraction.

Once again, total production
of 25th Anniversary Cougars was an even 5,000 cars.



The
new 25th emblem, once again in cloisonne, adorned the C-pillars.​


As
with the1987models, the interior was tan Ultrasuede

(partial
leather, partial suede) with contrasting green

carpeting
and seat piping. The floor mats were

embroidered
with the new 25th Anniversary emblem.

Unique 16" spoke BBS
wheels with

hexagonal center caps

were fitted to the new

25th Anniversary cat.​


The
same trunklid nomenclature

used
on the 20th was used on

the
25th, and they were

mounted
on the trunklid, instead

of
on the taillights, as with other

1992
Cougars. Of particular

interest
were the keys for this

car----they
also featured the 25th

logo,
were highly difficult to

obtain
through Ford dealers,

and
are considered one of the

rarest
pieces to find in a

later-model
Cougar

(1983-1997).

The quality of features continued
to be impressive; however, sales were not. Ford was very cautious in their
plans for the Cougar in the next few model years. Unbeknown to most, the
2-door sport coupe market was rapidly shrinking due to the sales of sport
utility vehicles, and Ford was quick to notice this. Steps would be taken
to cut costs on the Cougar, starting with the 1993 model year. And, a major
refreshening of the car was on the way for 1994.

ENGINES

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

TRANSMISSIONS

LS and XR7 - AOD 4-speed
with overdrive

BRAKES

LS - Front 10.8 inch disc,
rear 9.8 inch drum

XR7 - Front 10.8 inch disc,
rear 10.0 inch disc with antilock brakes

GENERAL

Wheelbase - 113"

Overall Length - 199.9

Overall Width - 72.7

Overall Height - 52.7

Cargo Capacity - 15.2 cubic
feet

Fuel Capacity - 18.0 gallons

CURB WEIGHT

LS - 3587 lb.

LS (w/V8) - 3753 lb.

XR7 (w/auto) - 3800 lb.

TOTAL SALES

N/A

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