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I belong to another forum that I get info for my 1969 Classic Mercury Cougar XR7..... someone on that forum asked if a 1998 Passat with a 1.1 chip could beat his car... a 1990 V6 cougar.... the guy that owns the Passat said that his car is real slow and Bla, bla, bla..... They have a $500.00 bet. I jumped right is and told the member that I would race him for 500.00 and My 2003 1.8T is stock......I told him only to race him if he has the 500.00 to lose. :weirdo:
 

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naturally aspirated, the ford (mercury in this case) v6 in the EARLY models is a luaghingstock. that engine was never decent until the 1999+ mustangs. even the 5.0 v8 is way underpowered for the heavy ass cougar and the passat guy is goign to be very very happy with 500 dollars of mod money. :b5: :thumbup:
 

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well i say that its gonna depend on how they both drive, the cougar can launch much better doing a brake stand then the passat tip can........... :eek:h:
 

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The 2.8 V6 in the mid-late eighties produced a whopping around 120 - 150hp with 220 ft-lb of torque. I know this because I had an 1984 Cougar with the same anemic motor. In 84 it was 120hp, I'll bet Ford didn't find much more over the six years and 2 minor revisions to the styling of the car.

As mention, the 5.0 that was found in the XR7 had a lot more cajones. Just remember these are RWD cars and will launch different, if not better, then your Passat.

[edit: FYI, the 1990 XR7 had a supercharged V6 with 210hp and 315ft-lbs of torque. While the base LS had 140hp and 215ft-lbs of torque.]
 

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make sure that Cougar isn't a sleeper though. Some of them had 4 cylinder turbos, that when tuned properly, were SERIOUSLY fast. I doubt that 90 has that motor though.
 
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