As the owner of two Contours, I can say that they are great cars, which went out of production too soon. My GL and SE are loads of fun, but require you to be patient with their shortcomings. Get the V-6 and a stick, or if you like it a bit firmer, an SVT is the best. Check out Contour.org for more info on this great car!
V-6 power and great handling
More power,(supercharger) Aftermarket struts and springs, upsized wheels and tires.