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2003 Mercury Marauder

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Introduced in 1963 and running through 1965, then reappearing again for 1969 and '70, the Marauder nameplate returned to the Mercury lineup for the 2003 model year. While Ford SVT had once toyed with the idea of a high-performance Crown Victoria, its Panther platform stablemate, Mercury's Grand Marquis, eventually got the nod to get transformed into Ford's flagship 4-door, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan. While Mercury is often considered a Buick competitor, the modern Marauder was most directly aimed at the 1994-96 Chevrolet Impala SS.

After the "Terminator" Mustang Cobra was upgraded to a supercharged powertrain for 2003, the SVT-developed naturally aspirated 4.6-liter DOHC V-8 was made available for use in the Marauder and the Mustang Mach 1, fitted with 4-valve cylinder heads from the Aviator SUV and rated at 302 horsepower. Ford's 4R70W four-speed automatic transmission sent power through an aluminum driveshaft to a 3.55:1 rear gearset, all borrowed from the Police Interceptor.

This hot Mercury featured a true dual exhaust with chrome tips that exited at a unique rear fascia embossed with the Marauder name. The car also sat lower, with a performance-tuned suspension derived from the Crown Vic Handling and Performance package. Both its control-arm/coil spring front, and four-link/air-spring/live-axle rear suspensions touted stabilizer bars and Tokico shock absorbers. Large vented disc brakes rode inside 18-inch polished alloy rims wearing low-profile performance tires and classic Mercury "God-head" logo center caps.

Marauder's menacing look was derived from a monochrome body treatment, with "smoked" headlight and taillight lenses, and a special front bumper cover with a larger air intake and SVT-style integrated outboard round fog lamps. Inside the leather-trimmed cabin were logo-embossed front bucket seats and a unique instrument cluster sporting satin-aluminum rimmed Auto Meter Pro-Comp gauges. The Marauder's mix of size, power, luxury and performance was a thoroughly modern throwback to the big-V-8, full-size American muscle cars of the 1960s. - See more at: http://racingedu.ford.com/enthusiasts/collector-vehicles/mercury/marauder-2003/#sthash.zs0ZmI1N.dpuf

Engine
Type: 90-degree DOHC 32-valve V-8
Displacement: 4.6L / 281 CID
Horsepower: 302 hp @ 5,750 RPM
Torque: 318 lbs.-ft. @ 4,300 RPM
Bore x Stroke: 90.2mm x 90mm
Compression: 10.1:1

Suspension
Front: Independent unequal-length control arms, coil springs, Tokico monotube shock absorbers, 28-mm stabilizer bar
Rear: Solid axle with four-bar link, Watts linkage, air springs, Tokico monotube shock absorbers, 21-mm stabilizerbar

Brakes
Front: 12.4 in. vented disc, dual-piston caliper, high-performance pad
Rear: 11.1 in. vented disc, single-piston caliper, high-performance pad
ABS: Four-channel ABS system, linked to all-speed traction control

Wheels
Wheels: 18 x 8 in 5-spoke, polished aluminum
Tires: Front - 235/50ZR18 BF Goodrich G-Force T/A; Rear -
245/55ZR18 BF Goodrich G-Force T/A

Performance
0 to 60 mph: 7.5 seconds (Car and Driver)
60 to 0 braking: N/A
1/4-mile @ MPH: 15.5 seconds @ 91 mph (Car and Driver)

Production
Total Produced: 7,838
 - Black: 7,093
 - Silver Birch: 417
 - Dark Pearl Blue: 328