Largely based on the Ford Torino, the Mercury Cyclone was the “sportier” model in the Montego line-up. The most noticeable difference between the Cyclone and the Torino was the lack of a fastback roofline. Another radical difference in the Mercury Cyclone was the “W” shaped nose to the car with the crosshair emblem. Even though a convertible was offered for the same year as the Ford Torino, the Cyclone never saw a soft top. In 1970 the Cyclone came in three different trims; the Cyclone, the Cyclone GT, and the Spoiler GT.
There wasn’t too much of a difference in terms of power among the three models. The Cyclone base came with the Ford Thunderbird’s 360 horse power 429 ThunderJet V-8, while the Cyclone GT had only 250 horse power through its Cleveland 351. The GT, however, made up for the lack in power with better options. The Spoiler GT, the most powerful of the group, came with either the 370 horse power CobraJet or 375 horse power Super CobraJet 429 engine. The 370 horse power CobraJet V-8 could run at 5,400 rotations per minute with 500 pound-foot of torque at 3,200 rotations per minute.
As for performance, the Cyclone Spoiler could run the quarter mile in 14.5 seconds at 99 miles per hour. The Spoiler accompanied that quarter mile run with a 6.4 second-long 0 to 60 time. Stopping this 3,954 pound machine from 60 miles per hour required 142.7 feet respectively.
As car manufacturers continued to push for power and speed in their new models, the muscle car era began to come to a close shortly following the 1970 Mercury Cyclone. Body styles, performance options, and many other aspects of newly produced automobiles saw a dramatic shift in the years to come, but this is still a favorite among car enthusiasts.