Ford SVT Contour

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Ford SVT Contour
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
Production1998–2000
ClassSport compact
Body style(s)4-door sedan
ManualsService Manual
Main article: Ford Contour

The SVT Contour was a modified version of the Ford Contour sedan from Ford's in-house Special Vehicle Team. The SVT Contour was produced from 1998MY through 2000MY, with a mid-year revision for 1998.5.

Year Engine Power Torque Production
1998 2.5 L Duratec 25 SVT V6 195 hp (145 kW) 165 ft·lbf (224 N·m) 4,485
1998.5 2,050
1999 200 hp (149 kW) 169 ft·lbf (229 N·m) 2,760
2000 2,150
Total 11,445


Year Exterior Color Blue Interior Tan Interior Total First Saleable Job 1 Job Last
1998 Red 1,238 N/A 1,238 8/29/96 3/24/97 1/27/98
Silver 1,631 N/A 1,631
Black 1,616 N/A 1,616
TOTAL 4,485 N/A 4,485
1998.5 Red 415 N/A 415 12/5/97 2/13/98 6/27/98
Silver 856 N/A 856
Black 779 N/A 779
TOTAL 2,050 N/A 2,050
1999 Red N/A 494 494 6/17/98 9/1/98 8/18/99
Silver 861 N/A 861
Black 379 532 902
Green N/A 503 503
TOTAL 1,231 1,529 2,760
2000 Red N/A 386 386 8/4/99 9/14/99 2/4/00
Silver 725 N/A 725
Black 307 525 832
Green N/A 207 207
TOTAL 1,032 1,118 2,150
GRAND TOTAL 8,798 2,647 11,445


Body and Interior

There were many SVT-specific parts that separated it from the normal Contour models.

  • SVT-specific front bumper(for enhanced cooling),rocker sill extensions,rear bumper
  • SVT mesh front and lower grills
  • SVT emblem on rear left trunk
  • SVT-marked floor mats
  • Leather shift and emergency brake boot
  • White face gauge cluster
  • Leather sport seats front and back (Midnight Blue or Tan)

Drivetrain Differences

The SVT Contour has many high-performance improvements to produce more power and withstand harder driving than the normal Contour models.

These changes include:

  • Changes to the camshaft include a longer duration and a complete change in valve timing points.
  • Higher compression: 10:to1(SVT) vs 9.7(normal)
  • Powertrain Control Module (PCM) was more aggressively tuned and required premium fuel.
  • Larger throttle body (60 mm vs 54 mm). Lifted from the 3.0L Duratec.
  • Intake manifold and primary intake ports smoothed by ExtudeHone.
  • SVT-Clutch.
  • A water to oil, oil cooler to keep control of oil temperatures during performance driving.
  • A radiator with a thicker core for better cooling(lifted from Saudi models).
  • Different air filter and intake (cone style using same air filter as V6 Mustang).
  • A lighter flywheel(from 21lbs to 19lbs.)
  • A larger-diameter, quasi-dual exhaust.

These changes allowed the SVT Duratec to make 200hp at 6600rpm and 169lb-ft at 5500rpm. The rev-limiter was also raised to 6750rpm from 6500rpm.

Suspension and Brakes

Cars built on or before January 27, 1998 had the first 5-spoke wheel style with Goodyear GSC tires. Beginning on February 14, Ford switched to the Cobra style 16-in. wheel and Eagle F1 tires. Beginning with 1999MY, September 1, 1998, Ford then kept the same Cobra style wheel and switched to the BF Goodrich KDW tires. The SVT Contour had four wheel disc brakes instead of the standard disc/drum configuration. The independent rear disc brake suspension is also used in the 1999-2002 Mercury Cougar.

  • Front rotors were enlarged to 278mm vs the 260mm stockers.
  • Stiffer shock tuning.
  • Smaller front swaybar (down to 19mm).
  • 16-in. five spoke wheels (1998MY)
  • 16-in. SVT Cobra-style wheels (1998.5 to 2000MY)
  • Goodyear Eagle GS-C tires, size 205/55ZR16 (1998MY)
  • Goodyear Eagle F1-GS tires, size 205/55ZR16 (1998.5MY)
  • BFGoodrich g-Force KDW tires, size 215/50ZR16 (1999 to 2000MY).
  • Lightweight axles

Production Numbers

Year Number
1998 4485
1998.5 2050
1999 2760
2000 2150

References