Even though Mercury never intended the Grand Marquis to be a performance car, they decided to turn it into one by installing a highly tuned 4.6-liter V8 producing 302 HP. And then they added a revised suspension, gearbox and brakes. And all those changes turned this sleepy and comfy sedan into a sharp muscle car.
The black paint, one of three colors available, gave the Marauder its menacing looks and aggressive stance, clearly differentiating it from its more sedate cousins. The performance was impressive for such a big, heavy sedan. Accelerating from 0 to 60 mph happens in approximately seven seconds.