1998 Ford Contour SVT Specs

Below is a table that contains the specifications for a 1998 SVT Contour (E0) versus a 1998 SE Contour (with the V6/mtx setup). Basically, this document describes what was changed/enhanced for the SVT Contour from the SE model.

Note that these specifications were taken from various internet, magazine, and Ford sources. If something is incorrect, please e-mail me and let me know.

Here is a brief table of contents...
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Specifications 
'98 SVT Contour (E0) '98 Contour SE (V6-mtx)
General     
Vehicle Type Five-passenger/four-door same
EPA Class Compact same
Platform Designation CDW27 same
Built Kansas City Assembly - Claycomo, Missouri, USA
(Each individually inspected by SVT)
Kansas City Assembly - Claycomo, Missouri, USA
Mexico Assembly - Cuautitlan, Mexico
Dealership (sold at) SVT-qualified dealerships (~730) All Ford dealerships (~4800)
Production Run 5000 (limited) ? (unlimited)
Cost Invoice: $20,375
MSRP: $22,365
Destination Charge: $535
Dealer Hold Back: 3% of the Total MSRP
Invoice: $14,585
MSRP: $15,955
Destination Charge: $535
Dealer Hold Back: 3% of the Total MSRP
Competition Audi A4 2.8
BMW 328i
Nissan Maxima SE
Pontiac Grand Prix GTP
Volkswagen Jetta GLX
Pontiac Grand Am
Acura Integra GS-R
BMW 318ti
Chevrolet Malibu
Dodge Stratus ES
Nissan Altima SE
Warranties     
Basic 3 yr./36000 mi. same
Drivetrain 3 yr./36000 mi. same
Rust 5 yr./unlimited mi. same
24/7 Roadside Assistance 3 yr./36000 mi. same
Dealership (service) Any Ford authorized service center same
Engine     
Name Duratec same
Configuration Transversely mounted, 60-degree V6, cast aluminum-alloy block and heads (Cosworth Casting Technology), iron cylinder liners, fully counterweighted forged steel crankshaft, crankshaft windage tray, crankshaft's bearing journals induction hardened, aluminum-alloy main bearing inserts and rod bearing inserts, lightened modular-iron flywheel (2 lbs. lighter), sinter-forged alloy connecting rods, specially design aluminum-alloy pistons, fully floating piston pins, structural aluminum-alloy oil pan Transversely mounted, 60-degree V6, cast aluminum-alloy block and heads (Cosworth Casting Technology), iron cylinder liners, fully counterweighted forged steel crankshaft, crankshaft windage tray, crankshaft's bearing journals induction hardened, sinter-forged alloy connecting rods, aluminum-alloy main bearing inserts and rod bearing inserts, structural aluminum-alloy oil pan
Bore x Stroke 82.4mm (3.24") Bore x 79.5mm (3.13") Stroke same
Displacement 2.5 liter/2544cc/155cid same
Compression Ratio 10.0:1 9.7:1
Horsepower 195 hp @ 6625 RPM 170 hp @ 6250 RPM
Horsepower (at the wheels) 165 hp @ 6600 RPM
(measured by CEG member)
142 hp @ 6000 RPM
(measured by CEG member)
Torque 165 lb./ft. @ 5625 RPM 165 lb./ft. @ 4250 RPM
Torque (at the wheels) 148 lb./ft. @ (2700 and 4400) RPM
(measured by CEG member)
154.1 ft-lbs @ 2600 RPM
(measured by CEG member - modified exhaust)
Redline 6750 RPM (fuel shut-off at 7000 RPM) same
Specific Output 76.6 hp per liter 68 hp per liter
Weight/horsepower 15.8 lbs. per hp 18.2 lbs. per hp
Fuel System Ford EEC-V engine-control system, Sequential electronic multiport fuel injection same
Fuel Injectors 19 lb./hr. @ 55PSI same
Valvetrain Double overhead cams (hollow camshafts), cam-lobes made with high chromium content to reduce wear, 250-degrees advance on primary lobe, chain-drive, cam chains have hydraulic tensioners, roller finger followers with hydraulic valve-lash adjustment, ovate-wire valve springs, four valves per cylinder, four main bearings, larger butterfly port throttles (34mm) in its variable-length intake ports, extrude-honed secondary ports Double overhead cams, 244-degrees advance on primary lobe, chain-drive, cam chains have hydraulic tensioners, roller finger followers with hydraulic valve-lash adjustment, four valves per cylinder, four main bearings
Extrude Honed equalizes the diameter of the intake runners, when flowing both head and intake together this setup has produced a creditable 194 cfm at max-valve lift on the intake  
Cylinder heads Cast aluminum (with extrude honed secondary ports) Cast Aluminum
Intake valves 2 per cylinder, 32mm head diameter same
Intake manifold Dual runner induction system, airflow-tuned upper intake, cast aluminum plenum chamber, extrude honed internal surfaces (plenum and intake runners) Dual runner induction system, airflow-tuned upper intake, cast aluminum plenum chamber
Secondary intakes Open at 3900 RPM (3400 RPM at WOT) same
Exhaust valves 2 per cylinder, 26mm head diameter same
Exhaust valve springs Ovate-wire same
Throttle body 60mm bore (2.36 in.) 50mm bore (1.97 in.)
Mass-air sensor 70mm diameter ?
Exhaust manifolds Steel tube (clamshell design) same
Exhaust system 2.25 in. (57mm) quasi-dual (Y-spilt after the catalytic converter & the resonator) stainless steel, 2.5 in. (63.5mm) polished stainless steel tips, 40% less back pressure at 6000 RPM 2.0 in. (50.8mm) Stainless steel single exhaust
Oil Cooler Water-to-Oil Cooler mounted to left side of engine block with the oil filter mounted on its end, water returning from the radiator to the engine block first runs through the cooler None
Radiator 44mm deep fins (from European Mondeo), redesigned front fascia allows more air in for better cooling (50% larger opening), pair of 25 in. "euro" cooling fans 28mm deep fins
Air Filter Special conically shaped high-performance air filter (30% less restrictive intake) Standard box shaped air filter
Firing Order (Cylinders) 1-4-2-5-3-6 same
Idle Speed 750 rpm (Not adjustable, computer controlled) ? rpm (Not adjustable, computer controlled)
Future Wish-list "Ford designed the heads on the Duratec to incorporate variable valve timing if needed in the future." (from CEG member) same
Structure/Body     
Structure Steel unibody same
Coefficient of Drag (Cd.) 0.31 ?
Drivetrain     
Layout Front-engine/front-wheel-drive sedan same
Final drive 4.06:1 same
Transaxle Five-speed manual (MTX-75, not the heavy duty version), short throw shifter, two spider gears, synchronized reverse gear same
Clutch upgraded - new springs and friction material  
Driveshaft Steel, with hardened yoke same
Gearing
Gear Ratio Overall
Ratio
(RPM)Speed
1st 3.42:1 13.89:1 (6750) 35 mph (56 kph)
2nd 2.14:1 8.69:1 (6750) 56 mph (90 kph)
3rd 1.45:1 5.89:1 (6750) 82 mph (132 kph)
4th 1.03:1 4.18:1 (6750) 117 mph (188 kph)
5th 0.77:1 3.13:1 (6310 est) 143 mph (230 kph)
Reverse 3.42:1    

Wheels & Tires     
Wheels 16x6.5 in. (406mm x 165mm), cast-aluminum, painted surface, 5-spoke, 49.5mm offset 15x6.5 aluminum alloy
Tires P205/55ZR16 Goodyear Eagle GS-C, uni-directional tread pattern P205/60TR15 Steel-Belted radial, all-season
Suspension     
Front MacPherson strut, lower A-arms, coil springs (with recalibrated -stiffer- spring curves), tube shock dampers (re-valved for SVT), unique 19mm stabilizer bar MacPherson strut, lower A-arms, coil springs, tube shock dampers, 20mm stabilizer bar
Rear Independent Quadra link design, strut (re-valved shocks for SVT), with one lower trailing arm, two transverse links, coil spring, 18mm stabilizer bar, design allows small amount of passive rear-wheel steer Independent Quadra link design, strut, with one lower trailing arm, two transverse links, coil spring, 18mm stabilizer bar, design allows small amount of passive rear-wheel steer
Steering     
Type Power assist, rack & pinion same
Gear Ratio 14.5:1 (on center) same
Turns, lock to lock 2.7 same
Turning diameter 38.4 ft. same
Brakes    
Pedal vacuum power assist same
Front 10.94-in.(278mm) vented discs, single-piston caliper, swept area 232 in.2 (20.8% more), dacronet-plated (prevents rust on unswept areas) 10.2-in.(259.1mm) vented discs, single-piston caliper, swept area 192 in.2
Rear 9.88-in. (251mm) vented disc, single-piston caliper, swept area 152 in.2, dacronet-plated (prevents rust on unswept areas) 9.88-in. (251mm) vented disc, single-piston caliper, swept area 152 in.2
ABS Ford 4-channel/4-sensor system, modulates and adjusts each of the four calipers every 10 milliseconds same
Amenities     
Included
  • Supplemental restraint system: Driver- and passenger-side (air bags)
  • "Safety Cell" structure
  • Anti-Lock Brake System
  • Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS)(disables ignition when activated)
  • Articulated sport seats (10-way power for driver) with leather/vinyl trim. Includes adjustable lumbar support.
  • White-faced guage cluster
  • SVT suspension tuning
  • Special SVT body/ground effects kit
  • Air-conditioning/manual control
  • Inner-aiming head lamps
  • Premium Electronic AM/FM stereo cassette
  • Power Equipment Group: Duel electric remote control mirrors, power side windows, power door locks, power antenna
  • Rear window defroster
  • Speed control
  • Front floor mats
  • Dual illuminated visor mirrors
  • Remote keyless illuminated entry
  • Particulate air filtration system
  • Tilt Steering Column
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seat (releases located in trunk for safety)
  • Variable-timed interval windshield wipers
  • Remote decklid release
  • Height adjustable front seat belts
  • Child-proof rear doors
  • Rear center 3 point belt
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • 5 mph front/rear bumpers
  • No spoiler available
?
Optional
  • Electronic AM/FM stereo with compact disc player
  • Power moonroof with sliding sunshade
?
Color & Trim     
Exterior Black Clearcoat, Silver Frost Clearcoat Metallic, Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic ?
Interior Midnight Blue Interior, Perforated leather seating surfaces ?
Dimensions, Capacities, etc.     
Wheelbase 106.5 in. (2705mm) same
Length 183.9 in. (4671mm) same
Height 54.5 in. (1384mm) same
Width 69.1 in. (1755mm) same
Ground Clearance 6.1 in. (156mm) 8.2 in. (208mm)
Track, F/R 59.2 in./58.5 in. (1504mm/1486mm) same
Passenger Volume (front/rear) 52 ft.3/39 ft.3 same
Head Room, F/R 39.0 in./35.0 in. (991mm/889mm) same
Shoulder Room, F/R 53.9 in./53.3 in. same
Hip Room, F/R 50.7 in./45.5 in. same
Leg Room, F/R 42.4 in./34.3 in. same
Seatback adjustment, Front 85 degrees same
Seat travel, Front 8.5 in. same
Curb Weight 3068 lbs. (1393kg) 3030 lbs. (1374kg)
Weight Distribution, F/R, % 63/37 same
Towing Capacity (Std/Max) 1000 lb./1000 lb. ?
Fuel Tank Capacity 14.5 gal. (54.8 liters) same
Trunk volume 13.9 ft.3 same
Oil Pressure 20 to 45 PSI (at 1500 RPM (hot)) same
Spark Plugs Type: Motorcraft AZFS-22pp
Gap: 0.050 inch
same
Radiator Cap opening pressure 16 PSI same
Fuel Filter Motorcraft FG-800A same
Headlights 9005 (high beam), 9006 (low beam) same
Battery 55 AH maintenance-free same
Alternator 130 Amp same
Tune-Up Interval 100,000 miles (under normal driving conditions with routine fluid and filter changes) same
Engine Oil 5.5 quarts same
Cooling System 9.1 quarts same
MTX 8.9 quarts same
Fuel (type) 91 octane 87 octane
Performance     
0-30 mph 2.5 sec. ?
0-40 mph 3.8 sec. ?
0-50 mph 5.2 sec. ?
0-60 mph 7.9 sec. (officially)
7.1 sec. (un-officially)
8.1 sec. (officially)
7.7 sec. (un-officially)
0-100 kph 8.3 sec. ?
0-70 mph 9.3 sec. ?
0-80 mph 11.6 sec. ?
0-90 mph 14.8 sec. ?
0-100 mph 18.8 sec. 21.8 sec.
0-120 mph 33.3 sec. ?
Street start, 5-60 mph 8.0 sec. 8.1 sec.
top gear, 30-50 mph 9.6 sec. ?
top gear, 50-70 mph 9.9 sec. ?
0-100 ft. 3.3 sec. ?
0-500 ft. 8.4 sec. ?
0-1320 ft., Quarter mile 15.7 sec. @ 88.7 mph (officially)
15.4 sec. @ 91.5 mph (un-officially)
15.9 sec. @ 88 mph
Top Speed 143 mph (drag limited) (officially)
150+ (unofficially, from CEG member)
112 mph (governed limited)
Braking, 60-0 mph 129 ft. ?
Braking, 70-0 mph 164 ft. 188 ft.
Braking, 80-0 mph 228 ft. ?
Braking, 100-0 mph 351 ft. ?
Slalom, 100 ft. gates 64.8 mph ?
600 ft. slalom 67.7 mph ?
200 ft. skidpad 0.84g ?
300 ft. skidpad ? 0.80g
Handling Balance mild/moderate understeer ?
Emergency lane change maneuver 63.3 mph ?
Interior sound level idle 50 dBA
full throttle 78 dBA
50-mph cruising 66 dBA
70-mph cruising 72 dBA
70-mph coasting 71 dBA
?
Engine RPM at cruising 2650 rpm (5th gear @ 60mph)
3490 rpm (5th gear @ 80mph)
?
EPA fuel economy (City/Hwy) 20 mpg/29 mpg 24 mpg/35 mpg
Range in Miles (City/Hwy) 290 mi./421 mi. 348 mi./508 mi.
Crash Test Results Driver Rating = very good
Passenger Rating = good
Driver Rating = very good
Passenger Rating = good
End
Specifications 
'98 SVT Contour (E0) '98 Contour SE (V6-mtx)

 
Much of the following list was compiled for a 1998 Contour SE w/2.5L, though the information should pertain to most Contours. Special Thanks to Wes Jang ( 98 SE Sport ) and CEG for sharing this list. The list has been modified by Ryan Wood to include more information.

IGNITION
Spark plug
AWSF-32F Motorcraft
AWSF-32PP Motorcraft, Platinum
APP5344 Autolite
4458 Bosch Platinum +4
Spark plug gap - 1.3mm
Firing order - 1,4,2,5,3,6
Spark plug wires:
Magnecor - 483-65153 (SP Motorsports p/n)
Taylor - 072607
Motorcraft 9mm
M-12259-C625 (Blue)
M-12259-R625 (Red)
M-12259-Y625 (Yellow)

FILTERS
Oil filter - FL-820 or FL-820S Motorcraft
Fuel filter - FG-800A Motorcraft
Air filter
FA-1613 Motorcraft
CA7737 Fram
E-0998 K&N (SVT)
33-2115 K&N (non-SVT)
Passenger compartment air filter
FP4 Ford
C14860 Purolator

OIL
Engine oil 5w-30
with filter 5.5 liter (5.8 qts)
without 5.0 liter (5.3 qts)
Manual Transmission oil, Mercon ATF - 2.7 qts (2.6 liter)
Automatic Transmission oil, Mercon ATF - 10.2 qts (9.6 liter)

COOLING SYSTEM
9.5 liter (10.0 qts) Total capacity
9.7 liter (10.2 qts) with automatic transaxle

MISC.
Battery BXT-40R Motorcraft
PCV valve EV-152 Motorcraft
Fuel tank 61.5 liter (16.3 gallons)
Wiper Blades - Bosch or Anco;
driver's side is 22"
passenger side is 20"
Remote Keyless Entry batteries - CR-2016 (2 req.)

WHEELS/TIRES
Wheel lug nut torque - 62 lbs (revised to 90-100lbs by Ford)
Tires (your choice of speed rating):
w/15" wheels - 205/60 x 15 (24.69" dia.)
w/16" wheels - 215/50 x 16 (24.46" dia.)
w/17" wheels - 215/45 x 17 (24.61" dia.)
w/17" wheels - 235/40 x 17 (24.40" dia.)

LIGHT BULBS
Fog lamp bulb - Motorcraft F2DZ-13466-C
- Sylvania 893 (38W)(stock rating)
- Sylvania 885 (50W)
Front turn signal - 3457
Headlight, high beam - 9005
Headlight, low beam - HB4 (9006)
Rear tail/turn/brake lamp - 1157
Backup lamp - 1156
High mounted brake lamp - 2723
License plate lamp - C5W

WHEEL ALIGNMENT SPECS
FRONT:
Caster: (not adjustable, for info only)
Minimum: 1.4*
Maximum: 3.4*
Camber: (not adjustable, for info only)
Minimum: -1.9*
Maximum: 0.8*
Toe:
Minimum: -0.09*
Maximum: 0.09*
REAR:
Camber:
Minimum: -1.5*
Maximum: 0.5*
Toe:
Minimum: 0.00*
Maximum: 0.28*

FUSES
ENGINE COMPARTMENT FUSE BOX
Fuse # - Amp - Color - Circuit
1 - 80 - Black - Main power
2 - 60 - Yellow - Engine cooling fan
3 - 60 - Yellow - ABS braking system, Heater blower motor
4 - 20 - Yellow - Daytime running lights
5 - 15 - Light Blue - Fog lamp
6 - Not used
7 - 20 - Yellow - ABS system
8 - Not used
9 - 20 - Light Blue - ECU
10 - 20 - Light Blue - Ignition switch
11 - 3 - Violet - ECU memory
12 - 15 - Light Blue - Horn, Hazard flasher warning system
13 - 20 - Yellow - Oxygen sensor
14 - 15 - Light Blue - Fuel pump
15 - 10 - Red - Low beam, passenger side
16 - 10 - Red - Low beam, driver's side
17 - 10 - Red - High beam, passenger side
18 - 10 - Red - High beam, driver's side
PASSENGER COMPARTMENT FUSE BOX
Fuse # - Amp - Color - Circuit
19 - Not used
20 - 10 - Black - Wiper motors (circuit breaker)
21 - 40 - Orange - Power windows
22 - 7.5 - Brown - ABS module
23 - 15 - Light Blue - Backup lights
24 - 15 - Light Blue - Brake lights
25 - 20 - Yellow - Door locks
26 - 7.5 - Brown - Main light
27 - 15 - Light Blue - Cigarette lighter
28 - 30 - Light Green - Electric seats
29 - 30 - Light Green - Rear window defroster
30 - 7.5 - Brown - Engine management system
31 - 7.5 - Brown - Instrument panel illumination
32 - 7.5 - Brown - Radio
33 - 7.5 - Brown - Parking lamps - drivers side
34 - 7.5 - Brown - Interior lights, electric side mirrors, clock
35 - 7.5 - Brown - Parking lights - passenger side
36 - 10 - Red - Air bag
37 - 30 - Light Green - Heater blower motor
38 - Not used

RELAYS
ENGINE COMPARTMENT FUSE BOX
Relay - Circuit
R1 - Daytime running lights
R2 - Radiator fan, high speed
R3 - Air conditioning
R4 - Air conditioning clutch
R5 - Radiator fan, low speed
R6 - Starter solenoid
R7 - Horn
R8 - Fuel pump
R9 - Headlight, low beam
R10 - Headlight, high beam
R11 - ECU module
D1 - Reverse voltage protection
PASSENGER COMPARTMENT FUSE B0X
Relay - Circuit
R12 - Interior lighting
R13 - Rear window defroster
R14 - Heater blower motor
R15 - Wiper motor
R16 - Ignition
D2 - Reverse voltage protection

AUXILARY RELAYS (outside of fuse boxes)
Relay - Circuit - Location
R18 - One Touch window switch (driver only) - Drivers door
R20 - Not used
R21 - Not used
R22 - Foglights - Module bracket
R23 - Turn signals - Steering column
R24 - Panic alarm - drivers side, Door lock module bracket
R25 - Panic alarm - passenger side, Door lock module bracket
R26 - Not used




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