13. Mercury Capri RS
The introduction of the third-generation Mustang had a big influence on Mercury since the brand got its own version in the Capri in 1979. From 1970 to 1977, Mercury sold the Capri, which was an imported model from Germany with four and six-cylinder engines. However, in 1979, thanks to the Mustang, the Capri was new and featured a unique front-end design.
Since it was a Mercury product, it was more upscale than Ford. But other than a few aesthetical changes, it was identical to the Mustang. Mercury introduced the RS model as thee performance version. It featured a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine delivering 135 HP, a respectable number back then.
However, later, the 5.-liter V8 would become available. Although this isn’t a car for people looking for brutal performance, for somebody looking for a rare, affordable muscle car, this could be a great model to choose.