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1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R: Ultimate Guide

SVT produced 250 race ready Cobra “R” models in 1995.  Carrying a 5.8L 300 horsepower engine with 365 ft/lbs. torque, the Cobra “R” model produced 60 more horsepower than the standard Cobra. 

In the wake of the ’93 R’s unexpected success, SVT engineers developed a more powerful R-model based on the 1995 Cobra, on top of the SN95 platform SVT Cobra. As with the 1993 R, only owners of a valid NHRA or SCCA racing license were able to obtain one of these cars.

The “R” series for those who are new or unfamiliar stands for racing, and is generally a no nonsense powerhouse engine, bolted to a stripped down chassis. The ’95 was equipped with the 351 cid or 5.8 liter engine.  This engine is rated at 300 hp and 685 lbs/foot torque. The whole power unit was coupled with a stronger Tremec transmission.

The Cobra “R” differs from the stock mustang in several ways, they are:

  • Heavier front and rear springs
  • Larger front and rear anti sway bars
  • Koni shocks and struts
  • Larger 17 x 9 wheels
  • P225/45ZR – B. F. Goodrich Comp T/A tires
  • 20 gallon fuel tank
  • Fiberglass hood
  • No rear seat
  • no radio
  • No AC
  • No power windows
  • No power locks
  • No Power mirrors
  • No sound insulation
  • No fog lights

Top priority became addressing customer requests for a larger, more powerful engine and more fuel capacity. SVT replaced the Cobra’s 5.0-liter with a special version of Ford’s 351 cubic-inch Windsor small-block, re-engineered to produce 300 horsepower and 365 foot-pounds of torque. SVT also installed a Kevlar 20 U.S. gallons (76 L) fuel tank specific for racing. To handle the torque of the more powerful engine, a Tremec 3550 5-speed manual transmission was installed. The 5-speed manual transmission was connected to a limited slip rear axle with a 3.27:1 ratio.

The suspension was beefed up with progressive rate Eibach coil springs, adjustable Koni struts and a large 30-millimeter anti-roll bar up front. Out back the Cobra R had liner rate Eibach coil springs, Koni shocks and a 27-millimeter anti-roll bar. Super wide 17×9-inch five spoke aluminum wheels wrapped with ultra sticky 255/45ZR17 BF Goodrich Comp T/A tires helped the car grip the tarmac. These modifications combined with the super stiff Fox-4 platform made the R a super handling factory produced track car.

Again, weight-savings was targeted, so there was no back seat, radio, power windows/seats or air-conditioning—not even fog lights, which were omitted to provide ducts for getting cool air onto the front disk brakes. Because SVT assumed that most Cobra R buyers would install a set of racing seats the car came from the factory with the cloth seats from the base Mustang. Unfortunately the addition of the new race ready parts and the 351 motor resulted in only a 200 lb overall weight reduction.

External changes included the installation of a hood tall enough to clear the engine and induction system. The stock hood was replaced because the 5.8-litre engine was too tall to fit under the standard hood. Also, the fog lights were omitted, replaced by ducts to channel cool air to the front brakes.

All 250 SVT Cobra R’s came painted in white with a saddle interior and the only “R” emblems on the car were on the center caps of the five-spoke wheels. The R model would reach 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and topped out at 152 mph. Motor Trend testing showed that these factory numbers were conservative as they were able to hit 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds.

Engine
Type: 90-degree, OHV Windsor V-8
Displacement: 5.8L / 351 CID
Horsepower: 300 hp @ 4800 rpm
Torque: 365 lbs.-ft. @ 3750 rpm
Bore x Stroke: 4.0 in. x 3.5 in.
Compression: 9.0:1

Suspension
Front: Modified MacPherson strut type with separate spring on lower arm, 700/850 lbs./in. progressive-rate coil springs, 30mm stabilizer bar
Rear: Rigid axle, four trailing links, adjustable vertical shock absorbers and horizontal axle dampers , 200/260 lbs./in. progressive-rate coil springs, 27mm stabilizer bar

Brakes
Front: 13 in. vented cast-iron disc, twin-piston caliper
Rear: 11.65 in. vented cast-iron disc, single-piston caliper
ABS: Power Assist, four wheel brakes with anti-lock

Wheels/Tires
Wheels: 17 x 9 in. 5-spoke cast aluminum
Tires: BF Goodrich Comp T/A P255/45ZR-17

Performance
0-60 mph: 5.2 seconds (Motor Trend)
60-0 mph braking: 109 feet (Motor Trend)
1/4-mile @ MPH: 13.8 seconds @ 102 mph (Motor Trend)

Production
Total Produced (Coupe Only): 250
– White: 250

 

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From the April 1995 Issue of Car and Driver

TESTED

If timing is everything, this report may seem worth next to nothing. That's because between the time we write these words and the time you read them, the window of opportunity to obtain the 5.8-liter Mustang Cobra R will have slammed shut. To get your hands on one of the 250 racer-basis 1995 R-models, you needed to have your order spew out of the fax machine at Ford Special Vehicle Team between 2 p.m. EST January 5 and the moment they were all spoken for five days later.

Missed it by that much.

You also would have had to show a racing license and résumé (yours or your driver's) and convince SVT that you intended to run the car in IMSA, SCCA, NHRA, or IHRA events. So even though the '95 Cobra R is as street-legal as any other Mustang, Ford has taken some pains to see that this one does its Camaro hunting on genuine racetracks, not on Burgerjoint Boulevard.

If you think that makes this 351-cubic-inch go-fast pony something of a ringer in the long-running saga "Camaro versus Mustang: Slugfest in the Streets," well, we agree.

But it is the most powerful Mustang currently on Ford's books, so if only for historical perspective, it's worth a close look.

Jumping straight to the bottom line, Ford does not exactly score a performance knockout, even with the long-stroke crankshaft, limited production, restricted availability, $35,000 bill, and track-only fudging of the street-fight rules. When we tested it (admittedly, well before the development cake was fully baked), the new Cobra R's claimed 300 horsepower generated a 0-to-60 time of 5.4 seconds, just a tenth of a second ahead of what your basic $20,000 streetgoing Camaro Z28 can do. The Mustang's quarter-mile slip read 14.0 seconds at 99 mph, compared with the Camaro's 14.1 at 101.

Once rolling, the long-stroke 5.8-liter V-8 had pretty good thrust to offer, feeling responsive and lively and pulling up to a peak velocity of 151 mph. It didn't do so real quietly, though. The Ford guys assured us the mid-rpm rattle was "air cavitation in the intake manifold." Sounded more like nickels in a Folger's can to us.

This Mustang was a mighty stiff-legged horse, but the ride felt decent as long as the pavement was. And it pulled 0.89 g on the skidpad, feeling obligingly neutral and manageable.

Ford also uses the Cobra designation on a hotted-up 240-hp Mustang(C/D, April 1994), but the '95 R is an entirely different animal. It's destined for the track, not the street—although it has dual airbags and is fully emissions-legal, so Ford can sell it without federal hassle. The only warranty is the one required on the emissions equipment—and that's handily voided the instant normal race prep lays a wrench on any of the critical hardware.

The 351 V-8 from the F150 Lightning sport truck forms the basis for the R powerplant. It has the same 4.0-inch bore of the Mustang-orthodox 302, but its stroke stretches from 3.0 up to 3.5 inches. The Lightning's ratings of 240 hp at 4200 rpm and 340 pound-feet of torque at 3200 climb to the R's 300 hp at 4800 and 365 pound-feet at 3750. The increases are achieved via higher compression (9.2:1 versus 8.8), more aggressive cam timing, and a larger-diameter air-meter body. Cooling-system capacity is increased in anticipation of the racetrack duty cycle.

The taller engine requires a bad-boy hood bulge, so a whole new panel is molded from lightweight fiberglass. Together with modest decontenting (no air conditioning, radio, back seat, power windows, or sound insulation), weight is held down to 3326 pounds—less than the 3400 we measured for the 1994 Cobra, despite the bigger lump of engine and the extra ballast of a 20-gallon racing fuel cell.

A sturdy Tremec 3550 five-speed replaces the standard Borg-Warner T5OD gearbox, and the R runs a tighter final-drive ratio of 3.27:1 (from 3.08). Suspension is standard Mustang in design but tuned harder, with much higher spring rates and adjustable Koni dampers. The brakes use the normal Mustang 13.0-inch front rotors but add fore-aft balance adjustability. Alloy wheels unique to this car measure 17 by 9 inches and carry 255/45ZR-17 BFGoodrich Comp T/As. A "rally bar" linking the tops of the front strut towers and the cowl is the only structural enhancement.

If this describes precisely the kind of Mustang you'd want, so you could finally quit averting your eyes from Z28s sitting in the next lane, don't run over the messengers for telling you it isn't available. Instead, tell Ford (try the Special Vehicle Team hotline, 800-367-3788) you want the 5.8 engine, as soon as the racing program has proved its durability. Then wire into Car and Driver on America Online, and maybe we can get word to you faster next time.

Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

ESTIMATED PRICE AS TESTED: $30,000

ENGINE TYPE: V-8, iron block and heads, Ford EEC-IV engine-control system with port fuel injection

Displacement: 351 cu in, 5752 cc
Power: 300 hp @ 4800 rpm
Torque: 365 lb-ft @ 3750 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 5-speed manual

DIMENSIONS:
Curb weight: 3326 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.4 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 14.4 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 34.1 sec
Street start, 5-60 mph: 5.5 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 8.3 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 8.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.0 sec @ 99 mph
Top speed: 151 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 165 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.89 g


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1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra: Ultimate Guide

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The Perfect Package Continued Unchanged

With the debut of a redesigned Mustang, SVT added its magic to the SN-95 platform and introduced a new, more potent Cobra. That was 1994. In 1995, they basically took the year off and simply carried over the 1994 car save for a few updates. The biggest news for 1995 was the return of the street-legal, race-ready SVT Cobra R.

Changes to the Cobra for 1995 were nearly non-existent with the exception that the Cobra was now available with the full range of Mustang colors and the hardtop that was supposed to be optional on 1994 Mustang cars was finally ready for production and made available as an option for the Cobra. The chrome SVT badge on the decklid was new for all SVT vehicles this year. A new vertical spat was added to the leading edge of each rocker panel extension to prevent rock damage to the lower body.

A limited run of 1,003 Cobra convertibles were manufactured this year, and of those only 499 had the removable hardtop. This was unique for the 1995 Cobra and was rare. These models were essentially the same as the convertible Cobra but had several small provisions to accept the retaining mechanisms of the fiberglass top and dome/map light wiring. Removing or installing the hardtop was a two-person job and so the hardtop was a hard sell. After 499 of them were produced Ford discontinued the option.

If you selected the Cobra Coupe you had the option of Crystal White, Black, or Rio Red, and the option of Black or Saddle interior which could come in either cloth or leather. These were all the same options as 1994 Cobras. The Cobra convertibles on the other hand had a saddle leather interior and is painted black, with a matching black convertible top.

The engine was unchanged, the 5.0-litre V8 got a lighter flywheel, GT40 heads, high-flow exhaust manifolds, higher rate fuel injectors, larger valves and a low-drag accessory drive as it did in 1994. Horsepower remained a respectable 240 hp. It was an enjoyable and tractable engine that loved to rev. The gearbox was the 5-speed manual Borg-Warner transmission with phosphate coated gears for added strength. Power was transmitted to the ground through a Traction-Loc rear axle with a 3.08:1 final drive ratio.

Specifications & Performance

Built at: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Engine: 90-degree, OHV Windsor V8
Displacement: 4949 cc / 302 in³
Bore: 101.6 mm / 4.0 in
Stroke: 76.2 mm / 3.0 in
Power: 179.0 kw / 240 bhp @ 4800 rpm
Specific Output: 48.49 bhp per litre
Torque: 386.41 nm / 285 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
Redline: 6250
Front tires: P255/45ZR-17
Rear tires: P255/45ZR-17
Front brakes: Vented Discs w/Power Assist & ABS
Front brake size: x 330 mm / x 13 in
Rear brakes: Vented Discs w/Power Assist & ABS
Rear brake size: x 296 mm / x 11.65 in
Front suspension: Modified MacPherson strut type with separate spring on lower arm, 400 lbs./in. linear-rate coil springs, 25mm stabilizer bar
Rear suspension: Rigid axle, four trailing links, two leading hydraulic links, 160 lbs./in. linear-rate coil springs, 27mm stabilizer bar
1/4-mile @ MPH: 14.1 seconds @ 101 mph
Top speed: ~225.3 kph / 140 mph
0 – 60 mph: ~6.3 seconds

Retail Prices

Cobra Coupe, P42D: $21,300
Cobra Convertible, P45D: $25,605

Production Numbers

Total Produced: 5,008
Total Coupe Produced:
4,005
Total Convertible Produced: 1,003

Colors & Numbers

Exterior Colors

Black Clearcoat UA: 1,433 (Coupes), 1,003 (Convertibles)
Rio Red Tinted Clearcoat E8: 1,447 (Coupes)
Crystal White ZF: 1,125 (Coupes)

Exterior & Interior Combos Colors

J4 Black Cloth Interior + Black Exterior: 137
J4 Black Cloth Interior + Rio Red Exterior: 110
J4 Black Cloth Interior + Crystal White Exterior: 127
J2 Black Leather Interior + Black Exterior: 760
J2 Black Leather Interior + Rio Red Exterior: 535
J2 Black Leather Interior + Crystal White Exterior: 498
S2 Saddle Cloth Interior + Black Exterior: 55
S2 Saddle Cloth Interior + Rio Red Exterior: 85
S2 Saddle Cloth Interior + Crystal White Exterior: 66
S4 Saddle Leather Interior + Black Exterior: 481
S4 Saddle Leather Interior + Rio Red Exterior: 717
S4 Saddle Leather Interior + Crystal White Exterior: 434

Note: Every Cobra convertible from 1995 has a saddle leather interior and is painted black, with a matching black convertible top. This is the easiest way to tell the 1995 Cobra convertible from the 1994 version, which only came in Rio Red with a Saddle colored roof.

VIN Decoder

The VIN is stamped on the plate which is riveted to the driver’s side of the dash, visible through windshield; the certification label is attached to the rear face of the driver’s door. For full details see our 1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra VIN Decoder page.

VIN Decoder Cobra 1995

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Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

"Mustang Cobra" redirects here. For the Shelby Mustang Cobra, see Shelby Mustang.

"Ford Cobra" redirects here. For the Ford Shelby Cobra, see AC Cobra.

Motor vehicle

The Ford SVT Mustang Cobra (also known as SVT Mustang Cobra, SVT Cobra, or simply as Cobra) is a muscle car/pony car model that was built in model years 1993 through 2004 by Ford Motor Company's Special Vehicle Team division (or SVT, for short).

The SVT Cobra was a high-performance version of the Ford Mustang, considered as top-of-the-line as it was positioned above the Mustang GT and Mach 1 models during its era of production. On three occasions, the race-ready, street-legal SVT Cobra R variant was produced in limited numbers.

The SVT Cobra was succeeded by the 2007 Shelby GT500.

1993: Fox-Body small block Cobra[edit]

Motor vehicle

1993[edit]

The 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra was launched during the 1992 Chicago Auto Show. It was the premier vehicle of Ford's newly established SVT division, designed to showcase SVT's four hallmarks of performance, substance, exclusivity, and value.[2] The exterior of the 1993 SVT Cobra was similar to that year's GT model with differences explained below.

The upgrades were beneath the bodywork and featuring a 302 cu in (4.9 L)V8 engine, producing 235 bhp (238 PS; 175 kW) at 4,600 rpm and 280 lb⋅ft (380 N⋅m) of torque at 4,000 rpm.[3] According to Road & Track, this could send a Cobra through the 1/4 mile in 14.5 seconds at a trap speed of 98 mph (158 km/h). Acceleration from zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) took 5.9 seconds.[4] The drivetrain received an upgraded transmission, rear disc brakes, and for the first time on a factory Mustang, 17-inch unidirectional wheels. Cobra models received a softer, more compliant ride compared to the GT model. This was accomplished with model-specific springs and sway bars.

Ford part numbers are listed below. In many cases, Ford has two separate numbers for each part, the Ford production number (the fourth character is a Z), and an engineering number. The engineering number is usually what is stamped/cast on the part itself (the fourth character is E for engine parts, F for electronics, and C for chassis).

Engine[edit]

The 1993 SVT Cobra's short block (cylinder block, crankshaft, rods, and pistons) was carried over from the GT model. To this, Ford SVT engineers added the following performance items:[5]

  • Cylinder Heads — GT-40 "High Flow" Cast Iron heads were installed. They were milled for 62.5 cc combustion chambers. Valves measure 1.84" (46.7 mm) intake, and 1.54" (39.1 mm) exhaust. The valves are actuated by Cobra-specific 1.7 ratio roller rockers, constructed of aluminum and produced for Ford by Crane Cams. Part Numbers: F3ZZ-6049-B (head), F3ZZ-6507-A (intake valve), F3ZZ-6505-A (exhaust valve), and F3ZE-6529-AB (rockers).
  • Intake Manifold — The Cobra upper manifold was unique to the 1993 Cobra and had a 2.75" (70.0mm) diameter round throttle body opening, diverting air into (8) round staggered ports, each 1.64" (41.7 mm) diameter. The lower manifold was identical to the GT-40 manifold used by Ford Racing; it redirects airflow to a rectangular port configuration as needed by the cylinder heads. Part Numbers: F3ZZ-9424-C (upper manifold) and F3ZZ-9424-D (lower).
  • Camshaft — The cam is of the hydraulic roller type (same as the GT). However, the Cobra cam has unique specifications of 0.479"/0.479" (12.2 mm/12.2 mm) intake/exhaust lift, (209°/209°) duration at 0.050" (1.27 mm), and a lobe separation of 118.3°, Part Number: F3ZE-6250-CA.
  • Air/Fuel Delivery — The increased airflow and fuel consumption of the Cobra required these upgraded components: Larger (compared to the GT) 24 lb/hr fuel injectors, 2.75" (70.0 mm) MAF meter, 2.56" (65.0 mm) throttle body, and matching EGR plate handle the increased breathing of the motor. A specially calibrated X3Z EEC-IVengine control unit runs the system. Part Numbers: F1TZ-9F593-C (injectors), FIZF-12B579-AA (meter), and F3ZF-12A650-CA (ECU).
  • Accessories — The crankshaftpulley diameter decreased by 14% (as compared to the GT) in order to under-drive the alternator, A/C, and smog pump, all to increase power. The water pump pulley also decreased in diameter by the same amount in order to preserve the ratio of pump speed, and thus coolant flow. These smaller accessory pulleys necessitated a shorter serpentine belt. Part Numbers: F3ZZ-6A312-A (crank pulley), F3ZZ-8509-A (water pump pulley), and F3ZZ-8620-A (belt).
  • Exhaust — To extract the maximum amount of power from the Cobra's powerplant, Ford engineers used tuned mufflers with lower restriction (as compared to the GT). While the factory headers and H-pipe remained the same, the tailpipes were similar to that of a Mustang LX 5.0L (Sport) model in that they had straight stainless steel tips (instead of turn-down tips on the GT). This is because the Cobra had a revised rear fascia, allowing (unlike the GT) for an exposed dual exhaust. Part Numbers: F3ZZ-5230-A, stamped F3ZC-5230-CC (RH muffler), and F3ZZ-5230-A, stamped F3ZC-5232-DC (LH muffler).

Drivetrain[edit]

With the increased engine output of the new Mustang SVT Cobra, the Borg-Warner World Class T-5 transmission needed an internal upgrade, which allowed it to yield a higher torque capacity compared to the standard World Class T-5. This upgrade consisted of custom gearing 1–3 (which were reduced by 10% and hardened), 4th/5th (just hardened) gear was the same as standard T-5s found in the LX/GTs. The holding capacity of the Cobra's clutch was increased by way of a higher clamping force pressure plate using the same 10-inch diameter as the GT/LX.

Suspension[edit]

  • Shocks/Struts — The Cobra outsourced production of shocks and struts to the aftermarket manufacturer Tokico. The components used were specifically valved for the new car. Part Numbers: F3ZZ-18124-A (front struts) and F3ZZ-18125-A (rear shocks).

Exterior Styling[edit]

The Cobra featured a more subdued styling than the GT.

Paint and Interior Trim[edit]

The 1993 Cobra was available in four exterior paint choices,[6]: 150–1  as shown in the table below. Interior color choices were opal gray cloth, black cloth, and opal gray leather.[1]: 146 

In the table below, paint colors marked with an asterisk (*) were non-clearcoat paints.

Paint CodePaint Color
ES Vibrant Red Clearcoat
EY Vibrant Red*
RD Teal Metallic*
UA Black*
Trim CodeInterior Color/Material
C6 Opal Gray leather
D6 Opal Gray cloth
DJ Black cloth

Deciphering the VIN codes[edit]

In the table below, the engine code (in bold) is the only unique code that differentiates the SVT Cobra from other Mustangs for the 1993 model year. Notice that the SVT Cobra and Mustang GT hatchback shared the same code for the body style/model number.[7] Also, the street-spec Cobra and the race-ready Cobra R shared the same codes for body style, model number, and engine.

Digit(s)ComponentCodeMeaning
1 Country of manufacture 1 United States of America
2–3 Manufacturer FA Ford Motor Company
4 Restraint system L Active safety belts with driver and front passenger airbags
5 Type of vehicle P Passenger vehicle
6–7 Body style/model number 42 GT/Cobra hatchback
8


Engine


D


4.9 L V8, OHV EFI
Horsepower: 235 hp (175 kW) @ 4600 rpm
Torque: 280 lb⋅ft (380 N⋅m) @ 4000 rpm
9 Check digit 0–9 or X Varies per VIN
10 Model year P 1993
11 Assembly plant F Dearborn Assembly Plant
12–17 Sequential production number 100001–999999 Varies per vehicle

1993 SVT Cobra base prices[edit]

All prices below are in United States dollars when the vehicles were sold new at a Ford dealership before any available options were added.

Motor vehicle

1993 Cobra R[edit]

The 1993 Cobra R was the first of three Cobra R models produced, and it was an extremely exclusive vehicle.[1]: 62  As the "R" designation in its name stood for "Race", the car did not have a radio, speakers, wiring and antenna, air conditioner, foglights, sound deadener, rear seat, rear safety belts, rear carpeting, and roll-up cargo cover, among other items.[1]: 62  The car had power steering, but no other "power options". For example it has roll-up windows, manual door locks, and manual-adjustable mirrors.[1]: 62  Also, manually-adjustable Opal Gray cloth bucket seats from the Mustang LX were lighter than the GT/Cobra sport seats, and a piece of thin gray carpeting secured by Velcro covered the bare hatch and rear seat area.[1]: 64  The deletion of all this equipment shed some 450 pounds, but it was somewhat offset by the necessary addition of heavy-duty hardware to enable the car to handle the rigors of competition.[1]: 64 

To stiffen the chassis, a strut tower brace was installed to tie the cowl together, and a pair of V-braces (used on all 1983–1993 Mustang convertibles) attached in an X-pattern tied the subframes together.[1]: 64  The Cobra R featured Eibach springs that were a bit too stiff for the street, but perfect on a racetrack.[1]: 62  The Cobra R also benefitted from the adjustable Koni shocks and struts, helping to cement the car's reputation as a serious driving machine.[1]: 62 

The car also featured 13-inch Kelsey-Hayes vented rotors in front and 10.5-inch vented rotors in the back.[1]: 64  According to Neil W. Ressler, the executive director of vehicle engineering for Ford Motor Company at the time and one of the founding fathers of SVT, the 1993 Cobra R's brakes "were the most expensive brakes ever fitted to a [production] Mustang. I bought the brakes for the R model out of my engineering budget. I wanted big brakes, and we didn't have them. The program couldn't afford it. Unbeknownst to the higher-ups at Ford, I spent like $2,100 per car to buy those big brakes. But the last thing I wanted was a fast car that didn't stop. We ended up putting good brakes on all those [Cobra R] vehicles."[1]: 64 

The same 5.0L V8 from the street-spec Cobra was used in the race-ready Cobra R. However, the radiator was unique to the Cobra R, and a purge tank was installed for improved cooling. A power steering cooler (located behind the left foglight bezel) and an engine oil cooler were standard.[1]: 64 

The Cobra R wheels were actually the optional 17x8-inch five-lug wheels from the soon-to-be-released 1994 Mustang GT, but they were painted gloss black with a chrome lug cover. The standard tires were Goodyear Gatorbacks. To give the car better front-end geometry, lower control arms from the 1994 Mustang were fitted.[1]: 62 

Contrary to SVT's stated wishes, many of these Cobra R models were purchased by private collectors and never actually driven, but several competed successfully in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Firestone Grand Sport Series and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) World Challenge Class B Series.[9]: 126  Of the three Cobra R models produced, the 1993 model had the benefit of being the lightest and the smallest.[1]: 64 

A total of 107 Cobra R models were produced, and all were painted in Vibrant Red Clearcoat. According to Ford's announcement on April 7, 1993, the Cobra R was produced to take the Fox-bodied Mustang out in grand style, a "best of the last" model.[9]: 126  According to SVT, each one could go 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and do a top speed of 140 mph.[1]: 152 

1993 Detailed Production Numbers[1]: 146 [edit]

Cobra Hatchback[edit]

InteriorBlackVibrant RedVibrant Red ClearcoatTeal MetallicTotals
Opal Gray cloth 327 1 414 368 1,110
Black cloth 448 1 361 185 995
Opal Gray leather 1,079 7 1,000 802 2,888
TOTALS 1,854 9 1,775 1,355 4,993

Cobra R Hatchback[edit]

InteriorBlackVibrant RedVibrant Red ClearcoatTeal MetallicTotals
Opal Gray cloth 0 0 107 0 107
TOTALS 0 0 107 0 107

Total 1993 Production[edit]

YearModelProduction
1993Cobra Hatchback 4,993
Cobra R Hatchback 107
TOTAL5,100

1994–1995: SN-95 small block Cobra[edit]

Motor vehicle

SN-95 small block
SVT Mustang Cobra
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1995 Cobra R (left) next to a 2000 Cobra R (right)

ManufacturerSVT
Production1994–1995 model years
11,267 produced
AssemblyDearborn, Michigan
DesignerSpecial Vehicle Engineering (SVE)[1]: 43 
Body style2-door coupe
2-door convertible
Engine5.0 L small blockV8
Transmission5-speed T-5manual
Wheelbase101.3 in (2,573 mm)[10]
Length181.5 in (4,610 mm)
Width71.8 in (1,824 mm)
HeightCoupe: 53.4 in (1,356 mm)
Convertible: 53.3 in (1,354 mm)
Curb weightCoupe: 3,354 lb (1,521 kg)
Convertible: 3,524 lb (1,598 kg)

1994[edit]

Ford introduced the newly-redesigned 1994 Mustang in December 1993.[1]: 31  It was the first major redesign since the third generation Fox-bodied Mustang was introduced for 1979. Known as Fox-4 (because it was based on the Fox platform as a 1994 model), the new 1994 Mustang was considered[by whom?] to be a vast improvement over the outgoing 1993 model.[1]: 31  The new car's ride, handling, styling, ergonomics, and standard and optional equipment were all improved from the previous model. However, the Mustang was considered by some to be underpowered in its class[citation needed] as the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and Pontiac Firebird Formula and Trans Am, all redesigned for 1993, came standard with 275 hp (205 kW),[1]: 31  while the 1994 Mustang GT engine only put out 215 hp (160 kW).[1]: 34  Thus, a new SVT Cobra model was introduced to bridge that performance gap.

The 1994 Cobra was introduced midway through the model year with the same beefed-up engine from the 1993 Cobra. With its GT-40 cast-iron heads and lower intake and its Cobra-specific upper intake,[1]: 36  power increased incrementally to 240 hp (180 kW).[1]: 34  However, the actual output of the Cobra's GT-40 enhanced engine was probably higher.[1]: 34  Ford claimed 6.3 seconds to hit 60 mph and a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h). Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine tested a 1994 Cobra coupe and ran 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and the quarter mile in 13.87 seconds at 99.49 mph.[1]: 36 

Initially, the 1994 SVT Cobra was only available as a coupe, but the first factory-produced SVT Cobra convertible was the 1994 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica. On the same day that the new 1994 Cobra coupe was launched, SVT announced that it would be building a Cobra convertible (the first factory-produced "Cobra" convertible since the 1970 Shelby models) and that this new convertible had been selected to pace the 1994 Indianapolis 500 (see the next section).[1]: 36  The new Cobra convertible, or Indy 500 Pace Car Replica, was made available later in the 1994 model year.

SVT Cobra versus Mustang GT[edit]

The 1994 Cobra began the tradition of offering refinements that differentiated it from the lower trim level Mustang models.[1]: 10  According to Jim Campisano's book Powered by SVT: Celebrating a Decade of Ford Performance, below is a list of items that set the 1994 SVT Cobra apart from the 1994 Mustang GT:[1]: 33 

Body and appearance components

  • Unique front fascia with round foglights (versus rectangular on GT).
  • Unique complex-reflector headlights (Cobra only).
  • Chrome Cobra badges on front fenders (versus GT emblems).
  • Unique rear spoiler with integrated LED stop lamp (versus the non-LED stop lamp integrated into the decklid on GT).
  • 160-mph speedometer, white-faced instrument gauges, and black lettering (versus 150-mph speedometer, black-faced gauges, and white lettering in GT).
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob, boot, and parking brake (Cobra only).
  • Magnesium front seat-cushion frames (Cobra only).
  • Unique Cobra floor mats.

Engine and chassis

  • GT-40-style 5.0L Cobra V8 engine (versus High Output 5.0L V8 on GT).
  • 13-inch vented front disc brakes, 11.65-inch rear discs with dual-piston calipers, and standard ABS (versus 10.8" vented front discs, 10.5-inch rear discs with single-piston calipers, and optional ABS on GT).
  • Unique 17x8-inch cast-aluminum wheels.
  • Standard Goodyear GS-C P255/45ZR17 tires (versus Goodyear Eagle P225/55ZR16 standard on GT, P245/45ZR17 optional on GT).
  • Unique chassis tuning.

Paint and interior trim[edit]

The 1994 Cobra was available in three exterior paint colors,[11] as shown in the table below. Interior color choices were black cloth, saddle cloth, black leather, and saddle leather.[11] On the 1994 Cobra convertible (see the next section about the 1994 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica), the vinyl top was only available in saddle,[9]: 17  and this convertible top was the same one used on regular Mustang convertibles.

NOTE: In the table below, paint colors marked with an asterisk (*) were non-clearcoat paints.

Paint CodePaint Color
E8 Rio Red Tinted Clearcoat
UA Black Clearcoat
ZR Crystal White*
Trim CodeInterior Color/Material
2J Black cloth
2S Saddle cloth
4J Black leather
4S Saddle leather

Deciphering the VIN codes[edit]

In the table below, the engine code (in bold) is the only unique code that differentiates the SVT Cobra from other Mustangs for the 1994 model year. Notice that the SVT Cobra and Mustang GT shared the same codes for the body style/model number.[7]

Digit(s)ComponentCodeMeaning
1 Country of manufacture 1 United States of America
2–3 Manufacturer FA Ford Motor Company
4 Restraint system L Active safety belts with driver and front passenger airbags
5 Type of vehicle P Passenger vehicle
6–7

Body style/model number

42
45
GT/Cobra coupe
GT/Cobra convertible
8


Engine


D


5.0 L V8, OHV EFI
Horsepower: 240 hp (179 kW) @ 4800 rpm
Torque: 285 lb⋅ft (386 N⋅m) @ 4000 rpm
9 Check digit 0–9 or X Varies per VIN
10 Model year R 1994
11 Assembly plant F Dearborn Assembly Plant
12–17 Sequential production number 100001–999999 Varies per vehicle

1994 SVT Cobra base prices[edit]

All prices below are in United States dollars when the vehicles were sold new at a Ford dealership before any available options were added.

1994 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica[edit]

To celebrate the Ford Mustang turning 30 years old in 1994, a trio of SVT Cobra convertibles served as pace cars for the 78th Indianapolis 500 race on May 29, 1994. The three cars were modified by Jack Roush at his shop in Allen Park, Michigan, for heavy-duty pacing on race day. The pace cars were installed with heavy-duty four-speed automatic transmissions, 15-gallon racing fuel cells, heavier rear springs (to accommodate the weight of television camera equipment), a Halon fire-extinguisher system, a rollbar with 50,000-watt strobe lights built in, and special lights in the rear spoiler. Parnelli Jones, a seven-time Indy 500 competitor who won the 1963 race, drove the official pace car at the event.[9]: 15, 17 

To commemorate the special occasion, SVT produced 1,000 Indy 500 Pace Car Replicas for the buying public. All 1,000 cars were painted Rio Red and fitted with Saddle leather interiors and matching Saddle vinyl tops. These special editions had the Indy 500 winged-tire logo emblazoned as a chrome cloisonné badge on the decklid and embroidered on the front seatbacks. A set of "Official Pace Car" decals came with each special-edition Cobra. These decals were not installed at the factory; rather, they were shipped inside the trunk and left to the buyer's discretion to install them.[9]: 15–7  There was one very small difference between the decals worn by the three official pace cars and the replicas' decals. The tire logo on the official decals was white, and on the replica decals, it was gray.[6]: 153 

The 1994 SVT Mustang Cobra was only the third Ford Mustang chosen for official pace car duties at the Indianapolis 500 race. The other two Mustangs that served as official Indy 500 pace cars were the very first Mustang in 1964 and the newly-redesigned Fox-bodied Mustang in 1979.[8]: 15 

1994 detailed production numbers[1]: 146 [6]: 154 [edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

InteriorCrystal WhiteBlackRio RedTotals
Black cloth 268 331 333 932
Saddle cloth 123 130 208 461
Black leather 473 776 625 1,874
Saddle leather 442 558 742 1,742
TOTALS 1,306 1,795 1,908 5,009

Cobra Convertible[edit]

Interior / RoofCrystal WhiteBlackRio RedTotals
Saddle leather / Saddle 0 0 1,000 1,000
TOTALS 0 0 1,000 1,000

Total 1994 production[edit]

YearModelProduction
1994Cobra Coupe 5,009
Cobra Convertible 1,000
TOTAL6,009
1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra 5.0 litre in England

1995[edit]

The 1995 Cobra was essentially a carryover of the 1994 model. The chrome SVT badge on the decklid was new for all SVT vehicles this year. A new vertical spat was added to the leading edge of each rocker panel extension to prevent rock damage to the lower body.[8]: 283 

The Cobra convertible returned this year for a limited production run of 1,003 units, and all were painted Black and fitted with Saddle leather interiors and Black convertible tops. Newly available for the 1995 Cobra convertible was a removable hardtop option. This was a one-year-only option due to its $1,825 price and 90 pounds of additional weight; thus, only 499 of the 1,003 Cobra convertibles built this year had this option. Removing or installing the hardtop was a two-person job, and this hardtop could not easily fit any other Mustang or Cobra convertible from this vintage due to the latching mechanisms of the fiberglass top and the dome light wiring. Included with this option, a convenient carrier that rolled on four casters allowed for easier storage of the hardtop when it was not being used. This hardtop option was originally supposed to be an available option for the all-new 1994 Mustang convertible, but it was delayed due to supply problems and quality-control concerns.[8]: 283  This hardtop option was not available on the 1995 Mustang GT convertible.

The biggest news for 1995 was the return of the street-legal, race-ready SVT Cobra R (see the next section).

Paint and Interior Trim[edit]

The 1995 Cobra was available in the same three exterior paint colors from 1994,[12] as shown in the table below. Interior color choices were the same as in 1994: black cloth, saddle cloth, black leather, and saddle leather.[12] On the 1995 Cobra convertible, the vinyl top was only available in black,[12] and this convertible top was the same one used on regular Mustang convertibles.

NOTE: In the table below, paint colors marked with an asterisk (*) were non-clearcoat paints.

Paint CodePaint Color
E8 Rio Red Tinted Clearcoat[10]
UA Black Clearcoat
ZR Crystal White*
Trim CodeInterior Color/Material
2J Black cloth
2S Saddle cloth
4J Black leather
4S Saddle leather

Deciphering the VIN codes[edit]

In the table below, the engine codes (in bold) are the only unique codes that differentiate the SVT Cobra from other Mustangs for the 1995 model year. Notice that the SVT Cobra and Mustang GT shared the same codes for the body style/model number.[7]

Digit(s)ComponentCodeMeaning
1 Country of manufacture 1 United States of America
2–3 Manufacturer FA Ford Motor Company
4 Restraint system L Active safety belts with driver and front passenger airbags
5 Type of vehicle P Passenger vehicle
6–7

Body style/model number

42
45
GT/Cobra coupe
GT/Cobra convertible
8





Engine





D


C


5.0 L V8, OHV EFI
Horsepower: 240 hp (179 kW) @ 4800 rpm
Torque: 285 lb⋅ft (386 N⋅m) @ 4000 rpm
5.8 L V8, OHV EFI (Cobra R engine)
Horsepower: 300 hp (224 kW) @ 4800 rpm
Torque: 365 lb⋅ft (495 N⋅m) @ 3750 rpm
9 Check digit 0–9 or X Varies per VIN
10 Model year S 1995
11 Assembly plant F Dearborn Assembly Plant
12–17 Sequential production number 100001–999999 Varies per vehicle

1995 SVT Cobra base prices[edit]

All prices below are in United States dollars when the vehicles were sold new at a Ford dealership before any available options were added.

Motor vehicle

1995 Cobra R[edit]

In the wake of the '93 R's unexpected success, SVT engineers developed a more powerful R-model based on the 1995 Cobra. The top priority became addressing customer requests for a larger, more powerful engine and more fuel capacity. In response to those requests, SVT replaced the Cobra's 5.0 L V8 with an SVT modified version of Ford's 5.8 liter Windsor V8, re-engineered to produce 300 horsepower (220 kW), and installed a 22-gallon fuel cell. To handle the torque of the more powerful engine, a Tremec 3550 5-speed manual transmission was installed. See also 5-speed T-5manual. Again, weight-savings were targeted, so there was no back seat, radio, power windows/seats, or air-conditioning—not even fog lights, which were omitted to provide ducts for getting cool air onto the front disk brakes. Heavy-duty progressive-rate springs, thicker stabilizer bars, and a front strut tower brace helped improve handling on the racetrack. The 95 R was available only in white with saddle cloth interior, each with a unique center-tiered fiberglass hood tall enough to clear the engine and induction system. Only 250 vehicles were built; Ford kept 18 examples for its press and engineering fleets.

Unlike the 93 Cobra R, one could only obtain a 95 R if they held a valid competition license (or owned a race team). This provision was added after Ford discovered that most of the 93 R's that were sold ended up in the hands of collectors.

1995 Detailed Production Numbers[1]: 146 [6]: 158 [edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

InteriorCrystal WhiteBlackRio RedTotals
Black cloth 127 137 110 374
Saddle cloth 66 55 85 206
Black leather 498 760 535 1,793
Saddle leather 434 481 717 1,632
TOTALS 1,125 1,433 1,447 4,005

Cobra R Coupe[edit]

InteriorCrystal WhiteBlackRio RedTotals
Saddle cloth 250 0 0 250
TOTALS 250 0 0 250

Cobra Convertible[edit]

Interior / RoofCrystal WhiteBlackRio RedTotals
Saddle leather / Black 0 1,003 0 1,003
TOTALS 0 1,003 0 1,003

Total 1994–1995 production[edit]

YearModelProduction
1994Cobra Coupe 5,009
Cobra Convertible 1,000
Total6,009
1995Cobra Coupe 4,005
Cobra R Coupe 250
Cobra Convertible 1,003
Total5,258
TOTAL11,267

1996–1998: SN-95 Modular Cobra[edit]

Motor vehicle

SN-95 Modular
SVT Mustang Cobra
1996 Mustang Cobra Front.jpg
Production1996–1998 model years
28,705 produced
AssemblyDearborn, Michigan
DesignerTeam Mustang[1]: 43 
Body style2-door coupe
2-door convertible
Engine305hp 4.6 L DOHCModularV8
Transmission5-speed T-45 manual
Wheelbase101.3 in (2,573 mm)
Length182.5 in (4,636 mm)
Width71.8 in (1,824 mm)
HeightCoupe: 53.2 in (1,351 mm)
Convertible: 53.3 in (1,354 mm)
Curb weightCoupe: 3,391 lb (1,538 kg)
Convertible: 3,531 lb (1,602 kg)

1996[edit]

For 1996, Ford finally retired the aging 5.0L V8 in the Mustang GT and SVT Cobra, replacing it with a new aluminum 4.6L DOHCmodular unit that was smoother and had slightly better fuel economy.[1]: 36, 38  Starting with the 1996 model year, every Cobra engine was hand-assembled by two-person teams at the Ford Romeo Engine Plant in Romeo, Michigan, a practice that continued through the remainder of SVT Cobra production.[1]: 37  Each engine had a label (later, a metal plaque on the 2003–2004 Cobra engines) bearing the names and signatures of the two engine builders.[8]: 288  The Romeo engine,[1]: 38  as it was called, produced 305 hp (227 kW) and 300 lb⋅ft (410 N⋅m) of torque, enabling the new Cobra to go 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and do the quarter mile in 13.99 seconds at 101.6 mph.[1]: 151  However, Car and Driver magazine was able to hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and the quarter mile in 14.00 seconds at 102 mph during a comparison test in their December 1995 issue.[1]: 41  The 1996 Cobra engine redlined at 6,800 rpm, with fuel shut-off occurring at 7,000 rpm.[13]

Ford's modular V8 debuted in the all-new 1992 Ford Crown Victoria as a single-overhead-cam (SOHC) setup, and then the engine really displayed its power potential with 32 valves, dual overhead cams (DOHC), and 285 hp (213 kW) in the all-new 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII.[1]: 38 

The modular engine's aluminum block was cast in Italy by Teksid, a firm that produces parts for Ferrari and Formula One racers.[1]: 38  SVT fitted the 1996 Cobra with the Borg Warner T-45 5-speed manual transmission,[13] which was also used in the Mustang GT.[9]: 73  (Tremec bought the production rights for the T-45 in late 1998, although the unit remained unchanged in terms of strength.)[6]: 169 

Paint and interior trim[edit]

The 1996 Cobra was available in four exterior paint colors, as shown in the table below. Interior color choices were the same as before: black cloth, saddle cloth, black leather, and saddle leather. On Cobra convertibles, the vinyl top was available in black, saddle, or white, and this convertible top was the same one used on regular Mustang convertibles.[13]

Paint CodePaint Color
E9 Laser Red Tinted Clearcoat
LF Mystic Clearcoat Metallic
UA Black Clearcoat
ZR Crystal White Clearcoat
Trim CodeInterior Color/Material
4J Black leather
4S Saddle leather
7J Black cloth
7S Saddle cloth

Deciphering the VIN codes[edit]

In the table below, the codes in bold are unique to the SVT Cobra for the 1996 model year, and these codes differentiate the SVT Cobra from other 1996 Mustangs.[7]

Digit(s)ComponentCodeMeaning
1 Country of manufacture 1 United States of America
2–3 Manufacturer FA Ford Motor Company
4 Restraint system L Active safety belts with driver and front passenger airbags
5 Type of vehicle P Passenger vehicle
6–7

Body style/model number

46
47
Cobra convertible
Cobra coupe
8


Engine


V


4.6 L V8, 32-valve DOHC EFI
Horsepower: 305 hp (227 kW) @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 300 lb⋅ft (410 N⋅m) @ 4800 rpm
9 Check digit 0–9 or X Varies per VIN
10 Model year T 1996
11 Assembly plant F Dearborn Assembly Plant
12–17 Sequential production number 100001–999999 Varies per vehicle

1996 SVT Cobra base prices[edit]

All prices below are in United States dollars when the vehicles were sold new at a Ford dealership before any available options were added.

1996 Mystic Cobra[edit]

To promote the technological advances and mechanical achievements of its new modular engine, Ford introduced the Mystic Cobra for 1996, which featured high-tech, color-shifting paint formulated by BASF. Utilizing color-shifting ChromaFlair pigments from Flex Products, the Mystic paint shifted from green to amber to gold to purple depending on the angle and the availability of light.[9]: 72–4  The research and development process for this paint took three years to complete.[8]: 287  Only available on the Cobra coupe, the Mystic paint option cost $815 at the time, and the 1996 Mystic Cobra was the first production vehicle to wear a color-shifting factory paint job.[9]: 74  A total of 1,999 Mystic Cobras were produced,[9]: 74  and of these, 1,990 had black leather interiors and nine had black cloth interiors.[1]: 146–7 [6]: 161  Since the paint continues to have special proprietary uses, any remaining quantities are tightly controlled and thus require a VIN verification through a complying Ford body shop to obtain the special paint to repaint any damaged areas.[14]

1996 detailed production numbers[1]: 146–7 [6]: 161 [edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

InteriorCrystal WhiteBlackLaser RedMysticTotals
Black cloth 10 13 16 9 48
Saddle cloth 4 10 4 0 18
Black leather 739 1,376 926 1,990 5,031
Saddle leather 676 725 994 0 2,395
TOTALS 1,429 2,124 1,940 1,999 7,496

Cobra Convertible[edit]

Interior / RoofCrystal WhiteBlackLaser RedMysticTotals
Black cloth / Black 0 2 2 0 4
Black cloth / White 2 0 1 0 3
Saddle cloth / Saddle 1 1 1 0 3
Black leather / Black 144 664 362 0 1,170
Black leather / Saddle 0 5 0 0 5
Black leather / White 59 2 13 0 74
Saddle leather / Black 11 158 36 0 205
Saddle leather / Saddle 220 222 536 0 978
Saddle leather / White 57 0 11 0 68
TOTALS 494 1,054 962 0 2,510

Total 1996 production[edit]

YearModelProduction
1996Cobra Coupe 7,493
Cobra Convertible 2,510
TOTAL10,003

1997[edit]

The 1997 Cobra was basically a carryover of the 1996 model. Only an astute observer noticed that the honeycomb grille from before was now absent to allow more airflow into the larger radiator included across the entire Mustang lineup,[8]: 290  and the 1997 Cobra had a larger diameter fan. Also new was a parallel-flow air conditioning condenser that was exclusive to the SVT Cobra.[6]: 164  The rear spoiler was now optional, as it had been standard on all previous models.[8]: 290 

Paint and interior trim[edit]

The only other major changes for 1997 was in the color palette. The 1997 Cobra was available in Five exterior colors, as shown in the table below. The interior choices were the same as what was offered in 1996: black cloth, saddle cloth, black leather, and saddle leather. On Cobra convertibles, the vinyl top was again available in black, saddle, or white, and this convertible top was the same one used on regular Mustang convertibles.[15]

Paint CodePaint Color
E8 Rio Red Tinted Clearcoat
PS Pacific Green Clearcoat Metallic
UA Black Clearcoat
ZR Crystal White Clearcoat
Trim CodeInterior Color/Material
4J Black leather
4S Saddle leather
7J Black cloth
7S Saddle cloth

Deciphering the VIN codes[edit]

In the table below, the codes in bold are unique to the SVT Cobra for the 1997 model year, and these codes differentiate the SVT Cobra from other 1997 Mustangs.[7]

Digit(s)ComponentCodeMeaning
1 Country of manufacture 1 United States of America
2–3 Manufacturer FA Ford Motor Company
4 Restraint system L Active safety belts with driver and front passenger airbags
5 Type of vehicle P Passenger vehicle
6–7

Body style/model number

46
47
Cobra convertible
Cobra coupe
8


Engine


V


4.6 L V8, 32-valve DOHC EFI
Horsepower: 305 hp (227 kW) @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 300 lb⋅ft (410 N⋅m) @ 4800 rpm
9 Check digit 0–9 or X Varies per VIN
10 Model year V 1997
11 Assembly plant F Dearborn Assembly Plant
12–17 Sequential production number 100001–999999 Varies per vehicle

1997 SVT Cobra base prices[edit]

All prices below are in United States dollars when the vehicles were sold new at a Ford dealership before any available options were added.

1997 detailed production numbers[1]: 147 [6]: 164 [edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

InteriorCrystal WhiteBlackRio RedPacific GreenTotals
Black cloth 20 43 39 0 102
Saddle cloth 47 7 13 27 94
Black leather 817 1,641 1,131 0 3,589
Saddle leather 659 678 811 1,028 3,176
TOTALS 1,543 2,369 1,994 1,055 6,961

Cobra Convertible[edit]

Interior / RoofCrystal WhiteBlackRio RedPacific GreenTotals
Black cloth / Black 2 14 6 0 22
Saddle cloth / Black 1 2 0 0 3
Saddle cloth / Saddle 4 0 7 4 15
Saddle cloth / White 3 0 0 0 3
Black leather / Black 190 840 416 0 1,446
Black leather / Saddle 7 12 0 0 19
Black leather / White 76 1 13 0 90
Saddle leather / Black 4 92 15 0 111
Saddle leather / Saddle 258 219 466 365 1,308
Saddle leather / White 61 0 2 8 71
TOTALS 606 1,180 925 377 3,088

Total 1997 production[edit]

YearModelProduction
1997Cobra Coupe 6,961
Cobra Convertible 3,088
TOTAL10,049

1998[edit]

The 1998 Cobra continued to remain virtually unchanged from previous model years. One noticeable change was the wheels, which were similar to the cast-aluminum units used on the 1995 Cobra R.[8]: 291  Only this time, the wheel cutouts were painted gray,[6]: 166  and the wheels were 17x8-inch, instead of 17x9-inch versions on the 1995 Cobra R.[1]: 151–2  Tires were the same BF Goodrich Comp T/A versions as before.[1]: 151–2  Other minor changes included a redesigned console in which the dashboard-mounted digital clock pod was deleted, and the clock function was then integrated into the radio's digital display.[6]: 166  Also, the standard premium sound system now included a single-disc CD player.[6]: 166 

This was also the last year of the return-style fuel system, as it was replaced with a newer returnless system for 1999.

Paint and interior trim[edit]

The 1998 Cobra was available in five exterior colors,[16] as shown in the table below. Chrome Yellow was added midyear on the 1998 Cobra.[16][1]: 41  The interior choices were the same as before: black cloth, saddle cloth, black leather, and saddle leather.[16] However, the leather pattern changed.[6]: 166  On Cobra convertibles, the vinyl top was again available in black, saddle, or white,[16] and this convertible top was the same one used on regular Mustang convertibles.

NOTE: In the table below, paint colors marked with an asterisk (*) were available at midyear.

Paint CodePaint Color
BZ Chrome Yellow Clearcoat*
E9 Laser Red Tinted Clearcoat
K7 Bright Atlantic Blue Clearcoat Metallic
UA Black Clearcoat
ZR Crystal White Clearcoat
Trim CodeInterior Color/Material
4J Black leather
4S Saddle leather
7J Black cloth
7S Saddle cloth

Deciphering the VIN codes[edit]

In the table below, the codes in bold are unique to the SVT Cobra for the 1998 model year, and these codes differentiate the SVT Cobra from other 1998 Mustangs.[7]

Digit(s)ComponentCodeMeaning
1 Country of manufacture 1 United States of America
2–3 Manufacturer FA Ford Motor Company
4 Restraint system F Active safety belts with driver and front passenger Second Generation airbags
5 Type of vehicle P Passenger vehicle
6–7

Body style/model number

46
47
Cobra convertible
Cobra coupe
8


Engine


V


4.6 L V8, 32-valve DOHC EFI
Horsepower: 305 hp (227 kW) @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 300 lb⋅ft (410 N⋅m) @ 4800 rpm
9 Check digit 0–9 or X Varies per VIN
10 Model year W 1998
11 Assembly plant F Dearborn Assembly Plant
12–17 Sequential production number 100001–999999 Varies per vehicle

1998 SVT Cobra base prices[edit]

All prices below are in United States dollars when the vehicles were sold new at a Ford dealership before any available options were added.

1998 detailed production numbers[1]: 147–8 [6]: 166 [edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

InteriorCrystal WhiteBlackLaser RedChrome YellowBright Atlantic BlueTotals
Black cloth 8 6 5 5 10 34
Saddle cloth 10 2 5 0 0 17
Black leather 506 1,334 675 704 553 3,782
Saddle leather 434 356 551 0 0 1,341
TOTALS 958 1,708 1,236 709 563 5,174

Cobra Convertible[edit]

Interior / RoofCrystal WhiteBlackLaser RedChrome YellowBright Atlantic BlueTotals
Black cloth / Black 0 0 1 5 1 7
Black cloth / White 0 1 0 0 1 2
Saddle cloth / Saddle 0 0 2 0 0 2
Saddle cloth / White 1 0 0 0 0 1
Black leather / Black 218 967 340 542 224 2,291
Black leather / Saddle 0 11 0 0 0 11
Black leather / White 46 1 3 8 23 81
Saddle leather / Black 6 61 12 0 0 79
Saddle leather / Saddle 267 215 484 0 0 966
Saddle leather / White 40 0 0 0 0 40
TOTALS 578 1,256 842 555 249 3,480

Total 1996–1998 production[edit]

YearModelProduction
1996Cobra Coupe 7,492
Cobra Convertible 2,510
Total10,002
1997Cobra Coupe 6,961
Cobra Convertible 3,088
Total10,049
1998Cobra Coupe 5,174
Cobra Convertible 3,480
Total8,654
TOTAL28,705

1999–2002: New Edge Modular Cobra[edit]

Motor vehicle

New Edge Modular
SVT Mustang Cobra
99 SVT Cobra front left.jpg
Production1999, 2001 model years
15,346 produced
Model years1999-2001
AssemblyDearborn, Michigan
DesignerTeam Mustang[1]: 43 
Body style2-door coupe
2-door convertible
Engine320hp 4.6 L DOHCModularV8
Transmission5-speed T-45 manual (1999)
5-speed TR-3650manual (2001)
Wheelbase101.3 in (2,573 mm)
Length183.5 in (4,661 mm)
Width73.1 in (1,857 mm)
HeightCoupe: 53.2 in (1,351 mm)
Convertible: 53.5 in (1,359 mm)
Curb weightCoupe: 3,430 lb (1,556 kg)
Convertible: 3,560 lb (1,615 kg)

1999[edit]

For the 1999 model year, Ford restyled the fourth-generation Mustang utilizing Ford's New Edge design language.[1]: 44, 47 [8]: 293  The facelifted car featured newly redesigned body panels that followed Ford's new worldwide styling direction. Thus, the interior was basically a carryover from the 1994–1998 Mustangs, and most of the parts were interchangeable. All 1999–2004 SVT Cobras featured independent rear suspension, the first to be fitted to a production Mustang model and unique to the Cobra.[17] A new returnless fuel system was used which helped Ford meet tightening emission standards.

The new 1999 Cobra had an upgraded 4.6L DOHC V8 engine rated at 320 hp (239 kW) and 317 lb⋅ft (430 N⋅m) of torque.[17] However, when the new 1999 Cobras were put through their paces by their new owners, it was revealed that 0-60 mph times were slower than a comparably-equipped 1998 model, and dyno tests suggested that the advertised power output was closer to 285 hp (213 kW), even though Ford claimed that the engine was outputting 15 hp more than the 1998 Cobra engine. Due to this outcry, on August 6, 1999, Ford halted the sales of all unsold 1999 Cobras on dealership lots and recalled all 1999 Cobras that had been sold. Ford replaced the intake manifold, certain computer components, and the exhaust system from the catalytic converters to the tailpipes to achieve a "true" 320 hp at the crankshaft.[1]: 47 [18]: 8 [8]: 294 

Paint and interior trim[edit]

The 1999 Cobra was available in four exterior paint colors, as shown in the table below. Interior color choices were limited to two offerings: dark charcoal and medium parchment. The standard leather seats were the same optional leather units used in the 1999 Mustang GT, but without the embroidered running pony logo on the front seatbacks. Cloth seats were no longer offered on the Cobra, as they were never popular with buyers in previous model years. On Cobra convertibles, the vinyl top was available in black, parchment, or white, and this convertible top was the same one used on regular 1999 Mustang convertibles.[17]

Paint CodePaint Color
E8 Rio Red Tinted Clearcoat
SW Electric Green Clearcoat Metallic
UA Ebony Clearcoat
ZR Ultra White Clearcoat
Trim CodeInterior Color
DH Medium Parchment leather
DW Dark Charcoal leather

Deciphering the VIN codes[edit]

In the table below, the codes in bold are unique to the SVT Cobra for the 1999 model year, and these codes differentiate the SVT Cobra from other 1999 Mustangs.[7]

Digit(s)ComponentCodeMeaning
1 Country of manufacture 1 United States of America
2–3 Manufacturer FA Ford Motor Company
4 Restraint system F Active safety belts with driver and front passenger Second Generation airbags
5 Type of vehicle P Passenger vehicle
6–7

Body style/model number

46
47
Cobra convertible
Cobra coupe
8


Engine


V


4.6 L V8, 32-valve DOHC EFI
Horsepower: 320 hp (239 kW) @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 317 lb⋅ft (430 N⋅m) @ 4750 rpm
9 Check digit 0–9 or X Varies per VIN
10 Model year X 1999
11 Assembly plant F Dearborn Assembly Plant
12–17 Sequential production number 100001–999999 Varies per vehicle

1999 SVT Cobra base prices[edit]

All prices below are in United States dollars when the vehicles were sold new at a Ford dealership before any available options were added.

1999 detailed production numbers[1]: 148 [6]: 167–8 [edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

InteriorUltra WhiteEbonyRio RedElectric GreenTotals
Dark Charcoal 472 1,204 734 185 2,595
Medium Parchment 322 412 478 223 1,435
Other 0 3 7 0 10
TOTALS 794 1,619 1,219 408 4,040

Cobra Convertible[edit]

Interior / RoofUltra WhiteEbonyRio RedElectric GreenTotals
Charcoal / Black 278 1,287 598 89 2,252
Charcoal / Parchment 0 9 0 0 9
Charcoal / White 63 8 16 10 97
Parchment / Black 2 134 28 11 175
Parchment / Parchment 349 317 608 208 1,482
Parchment / White 38 0 0 0 38
Other 1 0 1 0 2
TOTALS 731 1,755 1,251 318 4,055

Total 1999 production[edit]

YearModelProduction
1999Cobra Coupe 4,040
Cobra Convertible 4,055
TOTAL8,095
  • A stock 1999 SVT Cobra convertible. Note the original chrome headlights and wheels.

  • 1999 SVT Cobra rear view (with modified wheels and seats).

  • 1999 SVT Cobra with Medium Parchment interior. Note the modified steering wheel and seats.

  • 1999 SVT Cobra engine with a modified intake and battery.

  • The stock 17x8-inch silver wheel of a 1999 SVT Cobra with the stock brakes.

Motor vehicle

2000 Cobra R[edit]

For 2000, the SVT Cobra R returned for a limited production run of 300 units.[19][6]: 170–1  As the standard 2000 Cobra was cancelled due to problems with the 1999 Cobras, the Cobra R was SVT's sole high-performance Mustang for the 2000 model year. The new Cobra R came standard with a 5,409 cc (5.4 L; 330.1 cu in) DOHCV8 engine with a 6,500 rpm redline that was rated at 385 bhp (390 PS; 287 kW) at 5,700 rpm and 385 lb⋅ft (522 N⋅m) of torque at 4,500 rpm.[1]: 152–3  However, independent dyno tests have shown that the Cobra R produced rear-wheel output that nearly matched both of those numbers, suggesting the engine may have been underrated. The cast-iron block was based on the 5.4L block that Ford used in its trucks at the time.[1]: 72  The cylinder heads were later used in the 2005–2006 Ford GT, albeit slightly modified.[1]: 138–9  Some sources claimed that the Australian FPV GT's engine was very similar to the Cobra R's mill. As with previous Cobra R models, the 2000 model was designed to be a race-ready, high-performance vehicle in a perfectly street-legal package; as such, it lacked many of the comforts that the standard Cobra enjoyed.[1]: 77  This model had no radio/audio equipment, no air conditioning, no cruise control, and no rear seat.[19] Each of the 300 units produced featured a Performance Red exterior and a Dark Charcoal interior with cloth Recaro bucket seats.[19]

The 2000 Cobra R had several distinguishing visual and performance features that set it apart from the standard 1999 or 2001 Cobra. The "power dome" hood was taller than the standard Cobra hood, and it had gills that could be cut out to help reduce engine compartment temperatures.[1]: 70  The rear spoiler was tall and wide, providing much needed downforce at track speeds.[1]: 77  The Cobra R was equipped with Eibach springs that lowered the car 1.5 inches in front and 1.0 inch out back.[1]: 78 [8]: 297  This model also used Bilstein shocks and struts, Brembo 4-piston front calipers acting on 13-inch rotors cooled by large ducts, along with a race-style fuel cell that was clearly protruding under the Mustang V6-style rear bumper.[1]: 78 [8]: 296–7  The front fascia was adorned with a low-riding, removable splitter.[1]: 77  The wheels were also uniquely styled, silver-painted, five-spoke, 18-inch (460 mm) x 9.5-inch (240 mm) alloys with BF Goodrich G-Force KD tires.[1]: 78 [8]: 296–7  The hand-built SVT engine employed special DOHC cylinder heads, a "trumpet-style" intake manifold, aggressive camshafts, short tube headers connected to Cobra catalysts, a Bassani X-pipe, and a unique Borla dual side-exiting exhaust system, which was necessitated by the large fuel cell.[1]: 72, 77, 78  This model also featured 3.55 gears, a Gerodisc hydro-mechanical differential with speed and torque sensitivity, and a Tremec T-56 6-speed manual transmission that was closely geared for drag racing or road course usage.[1]: 78 [8]: 296  Despite these close ratios, the 2000 Cobra R also enjoyed a 177 mph (282 km/h) top speed.[1]: 153 

A number of well-known makers of aftermarket performance parts for the Mustang were involved in this project, including Recaro, Brembo, McLeod, Eibach, BF Goodrich, Tremec, Borla, Dana, Federal Mogul, and K&N (among others).[1]: 70–9 [8]: 296–8 

The following is a list of parts on the 2000 Cobra R that differ from the standard 1999 Cobra:

Exterior

  • Only available as a coupe.
  • Only available in Performance Red (paint code ES).
  • V6-style rear bumper with no exhaust cutouts.
  • 20-gallon Fuel Safe fuel cell, visible from behind and the side.
  • Borla side exhaust, since the standard exhaust would not fit due to the fuel cell.
  • Large unique wing on the rear decklid.
  • 18-inch five-spoke wheels.
  • Removable splitter on the front fascia.
  • Blacked-out headlights, which became standard on all 2001–2004 Mustangs.
  • Omitted fog lights (air ducts to the front brakes instead).
  • Special hood with a large dome to clear the huge intake.
  • Omitted antenna (covered with a black plastic piece).

Interior

  • Only available in Dark Charcoal (trim code DW).
  • Cloth-upholstered Recaro seats (manually adjustable).
  • Backseat delete.
  • No air conditioning.
  • No radio.
  • No cruise control.

Drivetrain

  • 5.4L DOHC V8 engine based on Ford's truck engines.
  • Tremec T-56 6-speed transmission.
  • 3.55:1 gears.
  • Hydro-mechanical lock differential.
  • 13-inch Brembo vented brake disks with 4-piston calipers in the front.
  • Vented brake disks in the rear.
  • Special Eibach shocks and springs, lowering the car by 1.5 inches in front and 1.0 inch in rear.

A Quick Word on the 2000 SVT Cobra that never was...

Because of the 1999 Cobra performance debacle, the standard 2000 SVT Cobra was pulled from production, only to return in 2001 rated at a true 320 hp.[1]: 47 [18]: 8 [8]: 294  The production run of the 2000 SVT Cobra R (see below) went ahead without issue. Ford still printed brochures for the 2000 Cobra, with a print date of December 1999, four months after the 2000 model was officially canceled. The reason for this was because these brochures talked about the upcoming 2000 Cobra R.

According to the 2000 Cobra brochure, if the 2000 Cobra had been produced, it would have been available in six exterior paint colors: Crystal White Clearcoat, Ebony (Black) Clearcoat, Laser Red Tinted Clearcoat, Medium Atlantic Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Silver Clearcoat Metallic, and (most notable) Mystic Gold.[19] Apparently, Mystic Gold was supposed to be available in limited numbers late in the model year.[19] After the 1996 Mystic Cobra, the 2000 Mystic Gold Cobra would have been the second time that a color-shifting paint was used on the Cobra. It was said that the Mystic Gold paint had a color shift from burnt orange to gold to yellow to pale green. Unfortunately, Ford made some changes to the painting process for the 2001 model year, and the Mystic Gold paint was incompatible with the new process.[1]: 48  Thus, the 2000 Mystic Gold Cobra never saw the light of day, but a photograph of a prototype painted Mystic Gold will forever be memorialized in the 2000 Cobra brochure.[19]

Aside from paint colors, the standard 2000 SVT Cobra was pretty much a carryover of the 1999 model. Even the interior was supposed to be the same as in 1999. Only two color choices, dark charcoal, and medium parchment, were supposed to be offered again.[19]

Paint and interior trim[edit]

The 2000 Cobra R was only available in one exterior paint color, as shown in the table below. The sole interior color choice was dark charcoal. The standard cloth Recaro bucket seats had a stylized red "R" with an intertwined Cobra logo embroidered on the front seatbacks.[19]

Paint CodePaint Color
ES Performance Red Clearcoat
Trim CodeInterior Color
DW Dark Charcoal with cloth Recaro bucket seats

Deciphering the VIN codes[edit]

In the table below, the codes in bold are unique to the SVT Cobra R for the 2000 model year, and these codes differentiate the SVT Cobra R from other 2000 Mustangs.[7]

Digit(s)ComponentCodeMeaning
1 Country of manufacture 1 United States of America
2–3 Manufacturer FA Ford Motor Company
4 Restraint system F Active safety belts with driver and front passenger Second Generation airbags
5 Type of vehicle P Passenger vehicle
6–7 Body style/model number 47Cobra coupe
8


Engine


H


5.4 L V8, 32-valve DOHC EFI
Horsepower: 385 hp (287 kW) @ 5700 rpm
Torque: 385 lb⋅ft (522 N⋅m) @ 4500 rpm
9 Check digit 0–9 or X Varies per VIN
10 Model year Y 2000
11 Assembly plant F Dearborn Assembly Plant
12–17 Sequential production number 100001–999999 Varies per vehicle

2000 SVT Cobra R base price[edit]

The price below is in United States dollars when the vehicles were sold new at a Ford dealership before any available options were added.

ModelVIN CodeMSRP
Cobra R coupe P47H $54,995[9]: 136 
  • The backrest of the stock 2000 SVT Cobra R Recaro driver seat.

  • The center console of a 2000 SVT Cobra R with the deleted radio and A/C, but modified with aluminum knobs.

  • 2000 SVT Cobra R engine, modified with MM caster/camber plates and firewall adjuster for the clutch.

2001[edit]

While the 2001 Cobra shared almost all the same components of the 1999 Cobra, some changes were made including:

A Windsor Aluminum Plant block
  • The engine block was changed from the Teksid block to the Windsor Aluminum Plant (or WAP) block. The WAP block is regarded to be weaker than the previous Teksid block. Some 2001 Cobras received the Teksid block, either from the factory or as a replacement motor. In the pictures at right, note the extra ribs designed to impart strength to the weaker WAP. Also, note that the hatching in the valley of the Teksid is square, while the WAP has diagonal hatching.
  • Revised cylinder heads. Cobra owners have reported a "ticking" or "pinging” noise coming from the driver-side head of their cars. Due to insufficient cooling around cylinders #6/#7/#8 which caused the valves to overheat and therefore seat improperly, Ford remedied the situation by issuing a technical service bulletin (TSB#03256/NHTSA#10008278 and TSB#03164/NHTSA#10003118) to remove and replace the affected heads with a version that featured improved coolant flow.
  • Cobra-specific seats with a combination of leather bolsters, Alcantara (suede-like microfiber) inserts, and larger headrests.[20]
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