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Mercury Cyclone Spoiler (1970)


Mercury Cyclone Spoiler (1970)

All Ford group cars were redesigned in 1970s, and this included Mercury with its Cyclone. Besides smoother lines and contours, it got a new engine, the 429cl (7-liter) big-block Ford, which packed huge torque. Mercury being a premium Ford brand meant the ride quality was very good, though the car was happier going quickly in a straight line than cornering. Underneath it used Mercury's Montego unitary platform, stretched to improve the ride on the heavy-duty coil sprung front and leaf sprung rear, with front anti-roll bar. The styling was the, by then, popular fastback muscle-car styling and a hidden light front grille with distinctive gunsight-type grille center. Adding the Dragpack option gave a Hurst shifted four-speed plus higher rear end gearing, making the Spoiler a low-14-second quarter-mile machine. The Cyclone only lasted another year before being axed.

Mercury Cyclone Spoiler (1970) Specifications

Top speed:126 mph (202 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):6.2 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:429 ci (7,030 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:370 bhp (276 kW) @ 5,400 rpm
Max torque:450 lb ft (610 Nm) @ 3,400 rpm
Weight:3,773 lb (1,715 kg)
Economy:9 mpg (3.19 km/I)
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