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
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