Save the Panther
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Southwest Florida
Well the MN12 was getting pretty long in the tooth by 1997, I can see why they gave it the axe I just hate that they didn't desgn an even better 2 door RWD platform to carry on with.
The Cougar and Tbird had already evolved into the "2 dr luxo boat coupe" class of vehicles before the MN12 came along so real performance never was the target customer base in Ford's eyes, luxury and confort always trumped sportyness and performance in the end... They would do some TC's & SC's and sports but that was just an extra little thing to pick up a few more customers and ad to the image of the car.
Most Cougars I see anymore are grocery getters driven by middle age women, "Cougars" LOL...
Kind of ironic it ended up being the NASCAR ford of choice...