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Extremely Rare 1992 Mercury Topaz XR5 Up For Sale In Canada

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When people think of the Ford Tempo and its twin, the Mercury Topaz, no one thinks of either as being some sort of performance maven. The early 1980s were, after all, a pretty dark time for automotive enthusiasts, and the Tempo and Topaz were aerodynamic yet economical and affordable little cars. But Ford did infuse both with some extra power to create the Ford Tempo GLS and Mercury Topaz XR5, though in rather scant quantities.

This 1992 Mercury Topaz XR5 for sale in Canada via Kijiji is one of just 464 produced, which makes it incredibly rare. This is especially true today because there’s no telling how many of these special vehicles still exist. And though it won’t blow anyone away with its performance numbers, the XR5 is a pretty cool and rather obscure little compact sports coupe.

That can be attributed to the fact that the Mercury Topaz XR5 came standard with Ford’s Vulcan 3.0L V6, borrowed from the Taurus, which made a just-fine 130 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Perhaps more importantly, it was mated to the Taurus SHO’s five-speed manual transmission, which made it much more fun to drive.

That combination propelled the XR5 from 0-60 miles-per-hour in 7.8 seconds and down the quarter-mile in 16.1 seconds at 85 miles-per-hour. Additional enhancements included stiffer shocks, a thicker front anti-roll bar and the addition of a rear anti-roll bar, along with 15-inch aluminum wheels borrowed from the Escort GT and GXP.

The XR5 also came with additional body cladding, fog lights, two-tone paint, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded door trim, a sportier gauge cluster, and bucket seats to give it more visual appeal.

Ultimately, the XR5 and GLS only lasted one model year, due to poor sales, which only adds to their intrigue. This particular survivor isn’t in the greatest shape, with fading paint, worn tires, and a cracked windshield, but then again, it isn’t exactly like these things pop up for sale every day.

We’ll have more cool cars for sale to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mercury news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. I remember this car very well. Why? Because in 1987 or ‘88, as a teen, I actually wrote Ford a letter urging for them to put the Vulcan in the Tempo/Topaz. I was frustrated with the criticism in the automotive press saying the Tempo was underpowered. I couldn’t understand why Ford would continue using the 2.3 when they could easily put the Vulcan in it. Heck, what did I know about CAFE standards or other business considerations weighed in making these decisions? 🤷‍♂️ I was just a passionate Ford fan, wanting to see them build the best Tempo they could build. (I also asked which 351 was better for high performance lol).

  2. In its day I thought the Topaz coupe was a pretty neat little car. It was just a nice size car. Sure beats the ridiculous behemoth SUV’s and pickup trucks clogging up the roadways today. I think we missed an opportunity to further develop cars this size with improved body fit and finish, interior design and materials and advanced engines.

  3. I bought a new Mercury Topaz coupe in September of 1989, from Landau Lincoln Mercury Sales in Winnipeg. The car lasted until September 2005, when it began leaking oil. I had close to 350,000 KMs on that car. With the 5 speed manual, it was no rocket but it easily kept up with traffic. Basic transportation wise, it was a good daily driver.

  4. No one will ever accuse this model of being ‘overpowered’!! LOL We sold a couple of them back in the day.

  5. I bought a new Topaz in 1993 with a 3.0 but it was automatic. Fun car but the transmission didn’t make it to 5,000 miles. It was driven. It was a piece of junk. The dealer had it more than I did for the first year. But it was fun to drive.

  6. Lol. I’m the owner of the car. It’s worth $3000 CAD these days. That’s just over $2000 USD. Fun car. Even the heat, AC and cruise works! We are pretty remote in Southern Alberta but I drive it all over the place here with no worries. Cheers!

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