In Reply to: what does the M3 pull on the skidpad posted by eric on September 27, 2000 at 15:32:58:
Well, the Contour SVT is a nice try on Ford's part; I'd think they'd stay away from pushing into Mustang performance territory, so it's not exactly a screamer. A lot of people give this as the same reason why we won't see the Cosworth Focus (the Focus R isn't nearly as potent).
Anyway, the Contour SVT is a little porky at 3120lbs, and it's only rated as 200hp (2.5l V6). Fortunately no auto is offered. 0-60 is around 7.5 seconds, which isn't blazing. For the record, the only measured skidpad rating I found was .82g.
Your friend is probably talking sh!t about the nitrous (maybe he heard it from the sales person or "on the internet"). If you're REALLY curious go ask the guys at contour.org, cause this is all I know. :)