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1998 SVT Contour

1998 Contour SVT 3/4 Rear

1998 SVT Contour

The 1998 SVT Contour was designed to compete against European sports sedans costing thousands more. It was SVT’s first front-wheel-drive and V-6-powered offering. Based on the sporty 1998 Contour SE, SVT added a large-capacity air cleaner, 34mm butterfly port throttles and unique pistons, as well as revised intake and exhaust camshafts, pushing horsepower from 160 to 195. The engine also benefited from an Extrude Hone Powerflow technology, a process that improves airflow in the upper intake manifold and the cylinder head’s secondary intake ports. Other hardware upgrades included bigger brakes, performance tires and suspension tuning and a dual-outlet exhaust system. Unique front and rear fascias and a specially equipped leather interior helped set it apart from the mainstream contour models.

Engine
Type: 60-degree, DOHC, 24-Valve V-6
Displacement: 2.5L / 155 CID
Horsepower: 195 hp @ 6625 rpm
Torque: 165 lbs.-ft. @ 5625 rpm
Bore x Stroke: 3.2 in. x 3.1 in.
Compression: 10.0:1

Suspension
Front: MacPherson strut, lower A-arm, coil springs, 19mm stabilizer bar
Rear: Strut with one lower trailing arm, two transverse links, coil springs, 18mm stabilizer bar

Brakes
Front: 10.94 in. vented disc, single-piston caliper
Rear: 9.88 in vented disc, single-piston caliper
ABS: Four wheel, Four sensor ABS system

Wheels/Tires
Wheels: 16 x 6.5 in. 5-spoke cast aluminum
Tires: Goodyear GS-C, P205/55AT-16

Performance

0-60 mph: 7.9 seconds
60-0 mph braking: 130 feet
1/4-mile @ MPH: 15.7 seconds @ 88 mph
 
Production
Total Produced: 6,535
 - Silver: 2,487
 - Black: 2,395
 - Red: 1,653