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The 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GT is a first generation pony car manufactured by Mercury in 1968 following revisions from its first year on the market in 1967, but before the trim was dropped for the final two years of production in 1969 and 1970.

Based on the mid-generation refresh Ford Mustang Fastback, the Cougar had a 2 inch longer wheelbase as well as hidden grille headlights. Its design was based on the Jaguar E-Type to help create a European appeal to the North American consumer.

The XR-7 is a luxurious trim level that included leather bucket seats, woodgrain dashboard inserts, a roof-mounted console, and a vinyl roof cover.

Both the regular and XR-7 trim levels included an optional GT-E package which included further components, but the biggest improvement was either a 427 V8, that was fitted to 357 units, or a 428 Cobra Jet V8, which was fitted to 37 units.


Need for Speed: Payback

The Cougar appears in Need for Speed: Payback following its appearance in the game's Gamescom trailer. A customised Cougar is shown with a custom bullet-hole grille, wider fenders, fender-mounted side mirrors, and LED rear lights.


It is unlocked for purchase from the drag, drift, off-road, and race class dealerships upon completing chapter 1 - Ignition.

NFSPB MercuryCougar Garage.jpg Drag ClassDrift ClassOff-road ClassRace ClassNFSPB Dealership NA Icon.pngNFSPB Dealership NA Icon.png Complete chapter 1 - Ignition.
NFSPB BankYellow Icon.png 60,100
NFSPB StatIcon Speed LargeWhite.png Horsepower 335
Top Speed 121
NFSPB StatIcon Accel LargeWhite.png 0 - 60 5.70
1/4 Mile 14.07
NFSPB StatIcon Nitro LargeWhite.png N2O Capacity 3.2
N2O Power 3.2
NFSPB StatIcon Air LargeWhite.png Airtime 4.6
Landing 4.2
NFSPB StatIcon Brakes LargeWhite.png Response 4.0
Power 3.7

Need for Speed: Heat

The Cougar '67 appears in Need for Speed: Heat following an article published[1][2] on August 19, 2019, revealing it to be part of the game's official car list, and appears in the NFS: Heat Studio app as part of container 5, which was released on September 17, 2019.


The stock Cougar '67 is unlocked for purchase from the car dealer for NFSHE Icon Bank.png33,500 upon reaching Reputation Level 14NFSHE Icon Rep.png.

It has a customisation rating of four and can be equipped with performance parts.

NFSHE Mercury Cougar Dealership.jpg
Unlocked at NFSHE Icon Reputation.png LVL 14
Infobox 2017White Car.png 116
NFSHE Icon Bank.png33,500
HORSEPOWER [bhp] 335
0-60 MPH [s] 5.70
MAX TORQUE [ft-lb] 427
TOP SPEED [mph] 122
NFSHE HandlingCartesianGraph.png
Customisation (Rating: 4/10)
Engine Swaps (11 Available)
335 hp 6.4L V8
159,000, 27NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 335 / 1,239
345 hp 4.0L V8
131,500, 27NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 345 / 1,009
385 hp 4.9L F12
185,500, 27NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 385 / 1,204
460 hp 6.2L V8
243,500, 31NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 460 / 1,239
542 hp 5.0L V8
303,500, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 542 / 1,215
600 hp 5.2L V12
348,000, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 600 / 1,239
640 hp 8.4L V10
380,500, 39NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 640 / 1,239
710 hp 3.9L V8
438,000, 39NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 710 / 1,234
730 hp 6.5L V12
454,500, 39NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 730 / 1,239
721 hp Forged 3.8L V6
610,000, 47NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 721 / 1,430
585 hp Forged 4.7L V8
620,000, 47NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 585 / 1,452



  1. Article: (2019) Under the Hood: Need for Speed Heat Car List. Available at:
  2. Article: (2019) Need for Speed Heat Full Car List Revealed. Available at: