The axiom used around Detroit for years is: Sheet metal sells. Put a fresh wrapper on old goods and watch the buyers line up.
Maybe this could explain why the Mercury Cougar isn't the first name one thinks of when considering a stylish coupe.
Detroit invented the big two-door personal luxury coupe, and the Cougar's basic shape has been around since 1989, although it does receive a new grille and tail lamps for 1996.
But look a little closer -- this is one rare cat.
With its V-8 engine
and rear-wheel drive, the Mercury Cougar XR-7 faces a field of front-wheel drive competitors. Rear-wheel drive allows a better balanced drive train. The engine is not over the drive wheels, so the car's weight is... Read More