2000 SVT Cobra R

2000 SVT Mustang Cobra R Engine Some of you may be wondering about the car in my header. All the Mustang fans know what it is, but other folks may not. That, my friends, is a 2000 Mustang R – the most powerful Mustang of it’s time.

Back in 2000, there was no regular production Cobra. After the issues with the 99 Cobra, SVT took the year off to fix it for 2001. Only, they didn’t take the whole year off. Instead, they did something magical.

See, SVT wanted to redeem themselves after what happened in 1999. So they went out and created a street-legal racecar that was worth of the Cobra name. SVT started with a 5.4 liter, naturally aspirated, DOHC 32 valve V8 – good for 385 horsepower, and a tire-melting 385 lb-ft of torque. Hooked up to this monster of an engine is a Tremec 6 speed manual. Slushbox drivers need not apply.

All that power needs some serious stopping ability, and the Cobra R didn’t disappoint – Brembo brakes can be found at all 4 corners. Eibach and Bilstein suspension parts help keep the Cobra R happy in the twisties too.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find Recaro seats, the steering wheel & shifter, but not much else. SVT yanked out the air conditioning system and back seat to cut down on the weight. All the performance goodies add up to a sub-13 second quarter mile time – this is a serious race car.

Outside, the Cobra R is very unique – the power dome hood is need to clear the intake manifold, the front splitter is so low you can forget about speed bumps, and the huge rear spoiler is needed to keep the Cobra from taking flight at speed. Oh, and can you say side exhaust? Be careful not to melt the skin on your leg when you get out.

SVT only cranked out 300 of the 2000 Cobra R – so they’re worth a good bit of cash today. That is, if you can find a buyer. Anyone looking to unload one?

Published on January 29, 2007 in Ford

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