The 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 NFSPB Dealership Drag IconNFSPB Dealership Drift IconNFSPB Dealership Offroad IconNFSPB Dealership Race IconNFSPB Dealership NA IconNFSPB Dealership NA Icon Complete chapter 1 - Ignition.
NFSPB BankYellow Icon 60,100
NFSPB StatIcon Speed LargeWhite Horsepower 335
Top Speed 121
NFSPB StatIcon Accel LargeWhite 0 - 60 5.70
1/4 Mile 14.07
NFSPB StatIcon Nitro LargeWhite N2O Capacity 3.2
N2O Power 3.2
NFSPB StatIcon Air LargeWhite Airtime 4.6
Landing 4.2
NFSPB StatIcon Brakes LargeWhite Response 4.0
Power 3.7

Need for Speed: Heat

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


The stock Cougar can be unlocked in Need for Speed: Heat.



  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:
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