The Marauder had always been a high-performance variant of Mercury's full-sized sedan. The new version featured a number of significant upgrades over the standard Grand Marquis. The standard 4.6L V8 found in the Grand Marquis was replaced by the DOHC 4-valve version of Ford's 4.6L V8 that was shared with the Mustang Mach I. But while the 302 hp rating seemed impressive, the car's 4,100 pound curb weight put a damper on acceleration. Brakes and suspension mods were lifted from the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor package. The standard recirculating ball steering gear was replaced by a rack-and-pinion unit. Power was transmitted to the ground via a limited-slip 3.55 rear axle. But in spite of all the engineering, sales were less than expected, and the Marauder disappeared once again after 2004.