Mercury launched their own pony car two years after the Mustang. Called the Cougar, it was essentially a stretched Mustang. The Eliminator came in 1969 and had an independent front with double wishbones and coils springs and a live axle rear on leaf springs, with staggered shocks to limit wheel hop under acceleration. And it could accelerate hard, no matter which engine option you had, either the Boss 302 or 428 Cobra Jet. The smaller of the two pumped out 290bhp (216kW) while the latter was conservatively rated at 335bhp (250kW) to fool the insurance companies, though it was more like 410bhp (305kW). The 428 could also be ordered with a ram air system and if the owner specified the 'Drag Pak', the car would receive an oil cooler and 4.3:1 axle gears. Owners got over-the-counter help: quadruple Weber carbs, two four-barrel carbs and race exhaust headers.
Mercury Cougar Eliminator Specifications
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