what was the first year Mercury came out with the Capri 2dr XR2?
1991, which was the 3rd generation of the Capri (designed to be a Miata competitor, but it was FWD vs. RWD and the Capri used Mazda 323 components). XR2 was turbocharged 1.6L 4 cylinder rated at 132 HP. I always thought it was a nice looking car! Check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_Capri
Definitely one of Mercury's better efforts, but definitely not a Miata beater IMHO!