Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

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Ford SVT Mustang Cobra
1998MustangCobra.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
SVT
Production 1993–2004 model years
79,958 produced
Body and chassis
Class Muscle car
Pony car
Body style 1993:
3-door hatchback
1994–2004:
2-door coupe
2-door convertible
Layout FR layout
Platform Ford Fox platform
Chronology
Successor 2007 Shelby GT500

Officially named the Ford SVT Mustang Cobra (also known as SVT Mustang Cobra, SVT Cobra, or simply as Cobra), it was a 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. Although the GT500 is currently built in part by SVT and wears a Cobra emblem, it is not considered an SVT Cobra, as the car is licensed by Shelby and does not have "Cobra" in its model name or description.

Contents

1993: The Fox-Body Windsor Cobra[edit]

Fox-Body Windsor
SVT Mustang Cobra
1993svtcobra.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
SVT
Production 1993 model year
5,100 produced
Assembly Dearborn, Michigan
Designer Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE)[1]
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door hatchback
Powertrain
Engine 5.0 L Windsor V8
Transmission Modified 5-speed T-5 manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 100.5 in (2,553 mm)
Length 179.6 in (4,562 mm)
Width 69.1 in (1,755 mm)
Height 52.1 in (1,323 mm)
Curb weight 3,255 lb (1,476 kg)
Chronology
Successor 1994–1995 SVT Cobra

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 does not represent a radical departure from the year's GT model: However, there are subtle differences, as explained below.

The true redesign and upgrade occurred beneath the bodywork: The powertrain was driven by a 302 CID V8 (5.0L) motor, producing 235 hp (175 kW) and 280 ft·lbs (380 N·m) of torque. 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.[3] The drivetrain received an upgraded transmission, rear disc brakes, and for the first time on a factory Mustang, 17" unidirectional wheels. The suspension was not neglected, either: Cobra models received a softer, more compliant ride compared to the GT model. This was accomplished with model-specific springs and sway bars.

Note: 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:[4]

  • 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-IV engine control unit runs the system. Part Numbers: F1TZ-9F593-C (injectors), FIZF-12B579-AA (meter), and F3ZF-12A650-CA (ECU).
  • Accessories — The crankshaft pulley 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 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,[5] as shown in the table below. Interior color choices were Opal Gray cloth, Black cloth, and Opal Gray leather.[6]

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

Paint Code Paint Color
ES Vibrant Red Clearcoat
EY Vibrant Red*
RD Teal Metallic*
UA Black*
Trim Code Interior 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) Component Code Meaning
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


5.0 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.

Model VIN Code MSRP
Cobra hatchback P42D $18,505[8][9]
Cobra R hatchback P42D $25,692[10]
1993 SVT Mustang Cobra R
93CobraR.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
SVT
Production 1993 model year
107 produced
Assembly Dearborn, Michigan
Designer Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE)[11]
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door hatchback
Powertrain
Engine 5.0 L Windsor V8
Transmission Modified 5-speed T-5 manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 100.5 in (2,553 mm)
Length 179.6 in (4,562 mm)
Width 69.1 in (1,755 mm)
Height 51.1 in (1,298 mm)
Curb weight 3,125 lb (1,417 kg)
Chronology
Successor 1995 SVT Cobra R

1993 Cobra R[edit]

The 1993 Cobra R was the first of three Cobra R models produced, and it was an extremely exclusive vehicle.[12] 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, reat safety belts, rear carpeting, and roll-up cargo cover, among other items.[13] There were no power options; the car had manual steering, roll-up windows, manual door locks, and manual-adjustable mirrors.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17] The Cobra R featured Eibach springs that were a bit too stiff for the street, but perfect on a racetrack.[18] The Cobra R also benefitted from the adjustable Koni shocks and struts, helping to cement the car's reputation as a serious driving machine.[19]

The car also featured massive 13" Kelsey-Hayes vented rotors in front and 10.5" vented rotors in back.[20] 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." [21]

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.[22] A power steering cooler (located behind the left foglight bezel) and an engine oil cooler were standard.[23]

The Cobra R wheels were actually the optional 17" x 8" five-lug wheels from the soon-to-be-released 1994 Mustang GT, but they were painted gloss black with a chrome lug cover.[24] The wheels were wrapped with Goodyear Gatorbacks, which were the standard Cobra tires.[25] To give the car better front-end geometry, lower control arms from the 1994 Mustang were fitted.[26]

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.[27] Of the three Cobra R models produced, the 1993 model had the benefit of being the lightest and the smallest.[28]

Only 107 of these Cobra R models were produced, and all were painted in Vibrant Red Clearcoat.[29] According to Ford's official 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.[30] According to SVT, each one could go 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and do a top speed of 140 mph.[31] With the 1993 SVT Cobra, the 1993 SVT Cobra R, and the 1993 SVT F-150 Lightning combined for a freshman effort, Ford's Special Vehicle Team appeared to be off to a good start in producing some of the most instantly collectible Fords from this time period.

1993 Detailed Production Numbers[32][edit]

Cobra Hatchback[edit]

Interior Black Vibrant Red Vibrant Red Clearcoat Teal Metallic Totals
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]

Interior Black Vibrant Red Vibrant Red Clearcoat Teal Metallic Totals
Opal Gray cloth 0 0 107 0 107
TOTALS 0 0 107 0 107

Total 1993 Production[edit]

Year Model Production
1993 Cobra Hatchback 4,993
Cobra R Hatchback 107
TOTAL 5,100

1994–1995: The SN-95 Windsor Cobra[edit]

SN-95 Windsor
SVT Mustang Cobra
Svtcobra1995r2000r.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
SVT
Production 1994–1995 model years
11,267 produced
Assembly Dearborn, Michigan
Designer Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE)[33]
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door convertible
Powertrain
Engine 5.0 L Windsor V8
Transmission 5-speed T-5 manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 101.3 in (2,573 mm)
Length 181.5 in (4,610 mm)
Width 71.8 in (1,824 mm)
Height Coupe: 53.4 in (1,356 mm)
Convertible: 53.3 in (1,354 mm)
Curb weight Coupe: 3,354 lb (1,521 kg)
Convertible: 3,524 lb (1,598 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor 1993 SVT Cobra
Successor 1996–1998 SVT Cobra

1994[edit]

Ford introduced the newly-redesigned 1994 Mustang in December 1993.[34] It was the first major redesign since the Fox-bodied Mustang bowed for 1979. Known as Fox-4 (because it was based on the Fox platform as a 1994 model), the new 1994 Mustang was a vast improvement over the outgoing 1993 model.[35] The new car's ride, handling, styling, ergonomics, and standard and optional equipment were all a major step forward from the previous model. As nice as the new 1994 Mustang was, it still left Ford enthusiasts yearning for more power. The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and Pontiac Firebird Formula and Trans Am, all redesigned for 1993, came standard with 275 hp (205 kW).[36] The 1994 Mustang GT engine only put out 215 hp (160 kW).[37] Thus, a new SVT Cobra model was needed 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,[38] power increased incrementally to 240 hp (180 kW).[39] However, the actual output of the Cobra's GT-40 enhanced engine was probably higher.[40] Ford claimed a modest 6.3 seconds to hit 60 mph and a top speed of 140 mph. 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.[41]

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).[42] 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]

If the 1993 Cobra and Cobra R laid the groundwork for super performance, then the 1994 Cobra began the tradition of offering refinements and subtle touches that made the car stand apart from its lesser Mustang brethren. Every subsequent model year, SVT's hallmarks of performance, substance, exclusivity, and value were met and exceeded, and the 1994 Cobra started this pattern of raising the bar over each previous model year.[43]

According to Jim Campisano's finely-written 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 run-of-the-mill 1994 Mustang GT:[44]

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" vented front disc brakes, 11.65" rear discs with dual-piston calipers, and standard ABS (versus 10.8" vented front discs, 10.5" rear discs with single-piston calipers, and optional ABS on GT).
  • Unique 17" x 8" 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,[45] as shown in the table below. Interior color choices were Black cloth, Saddle cloth, Black leather, and Saddle leather.[46] 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,[47] 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 Code Paint Color
E8 Rio Red Tinted Clearcoat
UA Black Clearcoat
ZF Crystal White*
Trim Code Interior 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.[48]

Digit(s) Component Code Meaning
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.

Model VIN Code MSRP
Cobra coupe P42D $20,765[49][50]
Indy 500 Pace Car Replica P45D $26,845[51][52]

1994 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica[edit]

The Ford Mustang turned 30 years old in 1994 and was met with corporate-sponsored enthusiasm.[53] As a demonstration of this renewed enthusiasm, a trio of SVT Cobra convertibles served as pace cars for the 78th Indianapolis 500 race on May 29, 1994.[54] The three cars were modified by Jack Roush at his shop in Allen Park, Michigan, for heavy-duty pacing on race day.[55] 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.[56] Parnelli Jones, a seven-time Indy 500 competitor who won the 1963 race, drove the official pace car at the event.[57]

To commemorate the special occasion, SVT produced 1,000 Indy 500 Pace Car Replicas for the buying public.[58] All 1,000 cars were painted Rio Red and fitted with Saddle leather interiors and matching Saddle vinyl tops.[59] 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.[60] 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.[61] 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.[62]

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.[63]

1994 Detailed Production Numbers[64][65][edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

Interior Crystal White Black Rio Red Totals
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 / Roof Crystal White Black Rio Red Totals
Saddle leather / Saddle 0 0 1,000 1,000
TOTALS 0 0 1,000 1,000

Total 1994 Production[edit]

Year Model Production
1994 Cobra Coupe 5,009
Cobra Convertible 1,000
TOTAL 6,009

1995[edit]

The 1995 Cobra was essentially a carryover of the 1994 model.[66] The chrome SVT badge on the decklid was new for all SVT vehicles this year.[67] A new vertical spat was added to the leading edge of each rocker panel extension to prevent rock damage to the lower body.[68]

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.[69] 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.[70] 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.[71] 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.[72] 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.[73] This hardtop option was also 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,[74] as shown in the table below. Interior color choices were the same as in 1994: Black cloth, Saddle cloth, Black leather, and Saddle leather.[75] On the 1995 Cobra convertible, the vinyl top was only available in black,[76] 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 Code Paint Color
E8 Rio Red Tinted Clearcoat
UA Black Clearcoat
ZF Crystal White*
Trim Code Interior 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.[77]

Digit(s) Component Code Meaning
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.

Model VIN Code MSRP
Cobra coupe P42D $21,300[78][79]
Cobra R coupe P42C $37,599[80]
Cobra convertible P45D $25,605[81][82]
1995 SVT Mustang Cobra R
Svtcobra1995r2000r.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
SVT
Production 1995 model year
250 produced
Assembly Dearborn, Michigan
Designer Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE)[83]
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
Powertrain
Engine 5.8 L Windsor V8 (1995 Cobra R)
Transmission 5-speed TR-3550 manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 101.3 in (2,573 mm)
Length 181.5 in (4,610 mm)
Width 71.8 in (1,824 mm)
Height 52.7 in (1,339 mm)
Curb weight 3,326 lb (1,509 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor 1993 SVT Cobra R
Successor 2000 SVT Cobra R

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. 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-5 manual. 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. Heavy-duty progressive-rate springs, thicker stabilizer bars and a front strut tower brace helped improve handling on the racetrack. Only 250 vehicles were built, 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.

As with the '93R, only owners of a valid racing license were able to obtain one of these cars.

1995 Detailed Production Numbers[84][85][edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

Interior Crystal White Black Rio Red Totals
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]

Interior Crystal White Black Rio Red Totals
Saddle cloth 250 0 0 250
TOTALS 250 0 0 250

Cobra Convertible[edit]

Interior / Roof Crystal White Black Rio Red Totals
Saddle leather / Black 0 1,003 0 1,003
TOTALS 0 1,003 0 1,003

Total 1994–1995 Production[edit]

Year Model Production
1994 Cobra Coupe 5,009
Cobra Convertible 1,000
Total 6,009
1995 Cobra Coupe 4,005
Cobra R Coupe 250
Cobra Convertible 1,003
Total 5,258
TOTAL 11,267

1996–1998: The SN-95 Modular Cobra[edit]

SN-95 Modular
SVT Mustang Cobra
1998MustangCobra.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
SVT
Production 1996–1998 model years
28,705 produced
Assembly Dearborn, Michigan
Designer Team Mustang[86]
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door convertible
Powertrain
Engine 305hp 4.6 L DOHC Modular V8
Transmission 5-speed T-45 manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 101.3 in (2,573 mm)
Length 182.5 in (4,636 mm)
Width 71.8 in (1,824 mm)
Height Coupe: 53.2 in (1,351 mm)
Convertible: 53.3 in (1,354 mm)
Curb weight Coupe: 3,391 lb (1,538 kg)
Convertible: 3,531 lb (1,602 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor 1994–1995 SVT Cobra
Successor 1999, 2001 SVT Cobra

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 DOHC modular unit that was smoother and had slightly better fuel economy.[87] 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.[88] 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.[89] The Romeo engine,[90] as it was called, produced 305 hp (227 kW) and 300 lb·ft (410 N·m) of torque,[91] 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.[92] 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.[93] The 1996 Cobra engine redlined at 6,800 rpm, with fuel shut-off occurring at 7,000 rpm.[94]

Ford's modular V8 first debuted in the all-new 1992 Ford Crown Victoria as a single-overhead-cam (SOHC) setup,[95] 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.[96]

The modular engine's aluminum block was cast in Italy by Teksid, a firm that produces parts for Ferrari and Formula One racers.[97] SVT fitted the 1996 Cobra with the Borg Warner T-45 5-speed manual transmission,[98] which was also used in the Mustang GT.[99] (It should be noted that Tremec bought the production rights for the T-45 in late 1998, although the unit remained unchanged in terms of strength.)[100]

Paint and Interior Trim[edit]

The 1996 Cobra was available in four exterior paint colors,[101] as shown in the table below. Interior color choices were the same as before: Black cloth, Saddle cloth, Black leather, and Saddle leather.[102] On Cobra convertibles, the vinyl top was available in black, saddle, or white,[103] and this convertible top was the same one used on regular Mustang convertibles.

Paint Code Paint Color
E9 Laser Red Tinted Clearcoat
LF Mystic Clearcoat Metallic
UA Black Clearcoat
ZR Crystal White Clearcoat
Trim Code Interior 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.[104]

Digit(s) Component Code Meaning
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.

Model VIN Code MSRP
Cobra coupe P47V $24,810[105][106]
Cobra convertible P46V $27,580[107][108]

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.[109] 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.[110] The research and development process for this paint took three years to complete.[111] Only available on the Cobra coupe, the Mystic paint option cost only $815 at the time, and the 1996 Mystic Cobra was the first production vehicle to wear a color-shifting factory paint job.[112] Only 1,999 Mystic Cobras were produced,[113] and of these, 1,990 had black leather interiors and nine had black cloth interiors.[114][115] 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 in order to repaint any damaged areas.[116]

1996 Detailed Production Numbers[117][118][edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

Interior Crystal White Black Laser Red Mystic Totals
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 7,492

Cobra Convertible[edit]

Interior / Roof Crystal White Black Laser Red Mystic Totals
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]

Year Model Production
1996 Cobra Coupe 7,492
Cobra Convertible 2,510
TOTAL 10,002

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,[119] and the 1997 Cobra had a larger diameter fan.[120] Also new was a parallel-flow air conditioning condenser that was exclusive to the SVT Cobra.[121] The rear spoiler was now optional, as it had been standard on all previous models.[122]

Paint and Interior Trim[edit]

The only other major changes for 1997 was in the color palette. The 1997 Cobra was available in four exterior colors,[123] 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.[124] On Cobra convertibles, the vinyl top was again available in black, saddle, or white,[125] and this convertible top was the same one used on regular Mustang convertibles.

Paint Code Paint Color
E8 Rio Red Tinted Clearcoat
PS Pacific Green Clearcoat Metallic
UA Black Clearcoat
ZR Crystal White Clearcoat
Trim Code Interior 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.[126]

Digit(s) Component Code Meaning
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.

Model VIN Code MSRP
Cobra coupe P47V $25,335[127][128]
Cobra convertible P46V $28,135[129][130]

1997 Detailed Production Numbers[131][132][edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

Interior Crystal White Black Rio Red Pacific Green Totals
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 / Roof Crystal White Black Rio Red Pacific Green Totals
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]

Year Model Production
1997 Cobra Coupe 6,961
Cobra Convertible 3,088
TOTAL 10,049

1998[edit]

The 1998 Cobra continued to remain virtually unchanged from previous model years. One noticeable change was the wheels, which were the same cast-aluminum units used on the 1995 Cobra R.[133] Only this time, the wheel cutouts were painted gray,[134] and the wheels measured 17" x 8", instead of 17" x 9" on the 1995 Cobra R.[135] The wheels continued to be wrapped in the same BF Goodrich Comp T/A tires from before.[136] 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.[137] Also, the standard premium sound system now included a single-disc CD player.[138]

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,[139] as shown in the table below. Canary Yellow was added midyear on the 1998 Cobra.[140][141] The interior choices were the same as before: Black cloth, Saddle cloth, Black leather, and Saddle leather.[142] However, the leather pattern changed.[143] On Cobra convertibles, the vinyl top was again available in black, saddle, or white,[144] 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 Code Paint Color
BZ Canary Yellow Clearcoat*
E9 Laser Red Tinted Clearcoat
K7 Bright Atlantic Blue Clearcoat Metallic
UA Black Clearcoat
ZR Crystal White Clearcoat
Trim Code Interior 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.[145]

Digit(s) Component Code Meaning
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.

Model VIN Code MSRP
Cobra coupe P47V $25,710[146][147]
Cobra convertible P46V $28,510[148][149]

1998 Detailed Production Numbers[150][151][edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

Interior Crystal White Black Laser Red Canary Yellow Bright Atlantic Blue Totals
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 / Roof Crystal White Black Laser Red Canary Yellow Bright Atlantic Blue Totals
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]

Year Model Production
1996 Cobra Coupe 7,492
Cobra Convertible 2,510
Total 10,002
1997 Cobra Coupe 6,961
Cobra Convertible 3,088
Total 10,049
1998 Cobra Coupe 5,174
Cobra Convertible 3,480
Total 8,654
TOTAL 28,705

1999–2002: The New Edge Modular Cobra[edit]

New Edge Modular
SVT Mustang Cobra
99 SVT Cobra front left.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
SVT
Production 1999, 2001 model years
15,346 produced
Assembly Dearborn, Michigan
Designer Team Mustang[152]
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door convertible
Powertrain
Engine 320hp 4.6 L DOHC Modular V8
Transmission 5-speed T-45 manual (1999)
5-speed TR-3650 manual (2001)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 101.3 in (2,573 mm)
Length 183.5 in (4,661 mm)
Width 73.1 in (1,857 mm)
Height Coupe: 53.2 in (1,351 mm)
Convertible: 53.5 in (1,359 mm)
Curb weight Coupe: 3,430 lb (1,556 kg)
Convertible: 3,560 lb (1,615 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor 1996–1998 SVT Cobra
Successor 2003–2004 SVT Cobra

1999[edit]

For the 1999 model year, Ford restyled the fourth-generation Mustang utilizing Ford's "New Edge" design language.[153][154] 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, unique to only the Cobra.[155] 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.[156] 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 in order to achieve a "true" 320 hp at the crankshaft.[157][158][159]

Paint and Interior Trim[edit]

The 1999 Cobra was available in four exterior paint colors,[160] as shown in the table below. Interior color choices were limited to two offerings: Dark Charcoal and Medium Parchment.[161] 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,[162] and this convertible top was the same one used on regular 1999 Mustang convertibles.

Paint Code Paint Color
E8 Rio Red Tinted Clearcoat
SW Electric Green Clearcoat Metallic
UA Ebony Clearcoat
ZR Ultra White Clearcoat
Trim Code Interior 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.[163]

Digit(s) Component Code Meaning
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.

Model VIN Code MSRP
Cobra coupe P47V $27,470[164][165]
Cobra convertible P46V $31,470[166][167]

1999 Detailed Production Numbers[168][169][edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

Interior Ultra White Ebony Rio Red Electric Green Totals
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 / Roof Ultra White Ebony Rio Red Electric Green Totals
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]

Year Model Production
1999 Cobra Coupe 4,040
Cobra Convertible 4,055
TOTAL 8,095
2000 SVT Mustang Cobra R
Ford Mustang SVT Cobra.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
SVT
Production 2000 model year
300 produced
Assembly Dearborn, Michigan
Designer Team Mustang[170]
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
Powertrain
Engine 385hp 5.4 L DOHC Modular V8(2000 Cobra R)
Transmission 6-speed T-56 manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 101.3 in (2,573 mm)
Length 183.5 in (4,661 mm)
Width 73.1 in (1,857 mm)
Height 52.2 in (1,326 mm)
Curb weight 3,590 lb (1,628 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor 1995 SVT Cobra R

2000 Cobra R[edit]

For 2000, the SVT Cobra R returned for a limited production run of 300 units.[171][172] 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 5.4L DOHC V8 engine (with a 6500 rpm redline) that was rated at 385 hp (287 kW) and 385 lb·ft (522 N·m) of torque.[173] 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.[174] The cylinder heads were later used in the 2005–2006 Ford GT, albeit slightly modified.[175] Some sources claimed that the Australian Ford Falcon 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 creature comforts that the standard Cobra enjoyed.[176] This model had no radio/audio equipment, no air conditioning, no cruise control, and no rear seat.[177] Each of the 300 units produced featured a Performance Red exterior and a Dark Charcoal interior with cloth Recaro bucket seats.[178]

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, for instance, was taller than the standard Cobra hood,[179] and it had gills that could be cut out to help reduce engine compartment temperatures.[180] The rear spoiler was tall and wide, providing much needed downforce at track speeds.[181] The Cobra R was equipped with Eibach springs that lowered the car 1.5 inches in front and 1.0 inch out back.[182][183] This model also used Bilstein shocks and struts,[184][185] Brembo 4-piston front calipers acting on 13-inch rotors cooled by large ducts,[186][187] along with a race-style fuel cell[188] that was clearly protruding under the Mustang V6-style rear bumper. The front fascia was adorned with a low-riding, removable splitter.[189] The wheels were also uniquely styled, silver-painted, five-spoke, 18-inch (460 mm) x 9.5-inch (240 mm) alloys wrapped in aggressive BF Goodrich G-Force KD tires.[190][191] The hand-built SVT engine employed special DOHC cylinder heads,[192] a "trumpet-style" intake manifold,[193] aggressive camshafts,[194] short tube headers connected to Cobra catalysts,[195] a Bassani X-pipe,[196] and a unique Borla dual side-exiting exhaust system,[197] which was necessitated by the large fuel cell. 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.[198][199] Despite these close ratios, the 2000 Cobra R also enjoyed a 177 mph (282 km/h) top speed.[200]

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).[201][202]

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" 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 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" 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" in front and 1.0" 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.[203][204][205] 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 cancelled. 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.[206] Apparently, Mystic Gold was supposed to be available in limited numbers late in the model year.[207] 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.[208] 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.[209]

Aside from paint colors, the standard 2000 SVT Cobra was pretty much a carryover of the 1999 model.[210] 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.[211]

Paint and Interior Trim[edit]

The 2000 Cobra R was only available in one exterior paint color,[212] as shown in the table below. The sole interior color choice was Dark Charcoal.[213] The standard cloth Recaro bucket seats had a stylized red "R" with an intertwined Cobra logo embroidered on the front seatbacks.[214]

Paint Code Paint Color
ES Performance Red Clearcoat
Trim Code Interior 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.[215]

Digit(s) Component Code Meaning
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 47 Cobra 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.

Model VIN Code MSRP
Cobra R coupe P47H $54,995[216]

2001[edit]

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

A Teksid block
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.[217] 1999 Cobras had regular Mustang GT seats.
  • A rear bumper that reads "COBRA"[218] instead of "MUSTANG" like on the 1999 Cobra.
  • A rear badge on the trunklid was changed to read "SVT"[219] instead of "SVT COBRA" like on the 1999 Cobra.
  • A new steering wheel and an upgraded Mach audio system.[220]
  • The wheels for both the 1999 and 2001 Cobras were 17" x 8". Silver-powdercoated, five-spoke aluminum wheels were available in 1999 and 2001, and chrome wheels of the same design were an available option for the 2001 Cobra.[221]
  • The Tremec T-45 transmission in 1999 was replaced by the Tremec TR-3650 transmission in 2001.[222]
  • The axleshafts and differential were changed from 28 splines in 1999 to 31 splines in 2001.[223]
  • The rear decklid spoiler was redesigned.[224]
  • The 1999 two-piece audio unit consisting of a radio with tape deck and a separate single-CD player was upgraded to a larger, single-face, 6-disc unit in 2001.[225]
  • The center console and trim were redesigned.[226]
  • The buttons for the fog lights, the rear window defroster, and the anti-skid system were moved to a panel below the new radio unit.[227]
  • The emergency brake was fitted with a boot of leather to cover the cutout in the console.[228]
  • The headlights were changed from a chrome background to a black background.[229] The newer headlights are sometimes referred to as "smoked" or "tinted", but this only refers to the black background. The actual lenses are clear for both years. These blacked-out headlights were actually first used on the 2000 Cobra R and then across the entire Mustang lineup for the 2001 model year.
  • The color of the odometer digits and instrument cluster lighting was slightly changed.[230]

With the above list of changes, the 2001 Cobra was able to go 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds and do the quarter mile in 13.8 seconds at 102 mph.[231] The cars were electronically limited to a top speed of 150 mph.[232]

Paint and Interior Trim[edit]

The 2001 Cobra was available in eight exterior paint colors,[233] as shown in the table below. There were only two interior color choices: Dark Charcoal (the interior environment was Dark Charcoal, and the seats had Dark Charcoal leather bolsters with Medium Graphite alcantara inserts) or Medium Parchment (the interior environment was Medium Parchment, but the seats had Chocolate Brown leather bolsters with Medium Parchment alcantara inserts).[234] In keeping with SVT's attention to detail, the Cobra emblem on the front seatbacks was embroidered in a somewhat darker color than the suede inserts to provide a subtle contrast. On Cobra convertibles, the vinyl top was available in black, parchment, or white,[235] and this convertible top was the same one used on regular 2001 Mustang convertibles.

Paint Code Paint Color
B7 Zinc Yellow Clearcoat
E9 Laser Red Tinted Clearcoat
ES Performance Red Clearcoat
L2 True Blue Clearcoat Metallic
TK Mineral Grey Clearcoat Metallic
UA Ebony Clearcoat
YN Silver Clearcoat Metallic
ZR Crystal White Clearcoat
Trim Code Interior Color
CH Chocolate Brown leather with Medium Parchment alcantara inserts
CW Dark Charcoal leather with Medium Graphite alcantara inserts

Deciphering the VIN Codes[edit]

In the table below, the codes in bold are unique to the SVT Cobra for the 2001 model year, and these codes differentiate the SVT Cobra from other 2001 Mustangs.[236]

Digit(s) Component Code Meaning
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 1 2001
11 Assembly plant F Dearborn Assembly Plant
12–17 Sequential production number 100001–999999 Varies per vehicle

2001 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.

Model VIN Code MSRP
Cobra coupe P47V $28,605[237]
Cobra convertible P46V $32,605[238]

2001 Detailed Production Numbers[239][edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

Interior Crystal White Ebony Performance Red Laser Red Zinc Yellow True Blue Silver Mineral Grey Totals
Dark Charcoal 227 827 226 330 347 229 556 459 3,201
Medium Parchment 146 152 0 226 0 87 0 55 666
TOTALS 373 979 226 556 347 316 556 514 3,867

Cobra Convertible[edit]

Interior / Roof Crystal White Ebony Performance Red Laser Red Zinc Yellow True Blue Silver Mineral Grey Totals
Charcoal / Black 125 759 130 238 316 163 431 356 2,518
Charcoal / White 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32
Parchment / Black 6 52 0 13 0 12 0 26 109
Parchment / Parchment 180 131 0 297 0 117 0 0 725
TOTALS 343 942 130 548 316 292 431 382 3,384

Total 2001 Production[edit]

Year Model Production
2001 Cobra Coupe 3,867
Cobra Convertible 3,384
TOTAL 7,251

2002[edit]

Although many enthusiasts believe there were no 2002 Cobras, approximately 100 vehicles were partially built in the USA and shipped to Australia[240] for right-hand-drive conversion and final assembly by Ford Tickford Experience (FTE). The vehicles were based on the 2001-spec SVT Cobra.[241] Other changes included additional driving lights in the lower front fascia to meet Australian lighting specifications, and the steering wheel was moved to the right side of the car. This was part of a A$4 million program by Ford Australia[242] to combat the rival Holden Monaro, which eventually formed the basis of the reborn 2004–2006 Pontiac GTO in the U.S.

For more information about the Australian 2002 Cobras, see 2002 Mustang Cobra.

Total 1999–2002 Production[edit]

Year Model Production
1999 Cobra Coupe 4,040
Cobra Convertible 4,055
Total 8,095
2000 Cobra R Coupe 300
Total 300
2001 Cobra Coupe 3,867
Cobra Convertible 3,384
Total 7,251
2002 Total 100
TOTAL 15,746
(including exports)

2003–2004: The Terminator Cobra[edit]

Terminator (Supercharged)
Modular SVT Mustang Cobra
Black 2003-2004 Ford Mustang IV SVT Cobra.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
SVT
Production 2003–2004 model years
19,140 produced
Assembly Dearborn, Michigan
Designer SVT Engineering[243]
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door convertible
Powertrain
Engine 390hp 4.6 L supercharged DOHC Modular V8
Transmission 6-speed T-56 manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 101.3 in (2,573 mm)
Length 183.5 in (4,661 mm)
Width 73.1 in (1,857 mm)
Height Coupe: 52.5 in (1,334 mm)
Convertible: 52.9 in (1,344 mm)
Curb weight Coupe: 3,665 lb (1,662 kg)
Convertible: 3,780 lb (1,715 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor 1999, 2001 SVT Cobra
Successor 2007 Shelby GT500

2003[edit]

Debuting in the spring of 2002, the 2003 Cobra came with a supercharged, 32-valve DOHC, 4.6-liter V8 engine rated at 390 hp (291 kW) and 390 lb·ft (530 N·m) of torque.[244] In reality, these output numbers were closer to 430 hp (321 kW) and 425 lb·ft (576 N·m) of torque. Code-named "Terminator" by the SVT development crew led by John Coletti,[245] numerous improvements were made to the powertrain and driveline to handle the power increase from the previous model's set-up. A cast-iron block was used, instead of the previous Teksid aluminum unit, with stronger internals including forged Zolner pistons and Manley H-beam connecting rods that were modified with a wrist pin oiling hole by the SVT engineers.[246] These upgrades were critical in order to support the 8 psi (0.55 bar) of boost delivered from the stock Eaton M-112 roots-type supercharger.[247] Other improvements included the use of a lightweight aluminum flywheel connected to a Tremec T-56 six-speed transmission, 3.55:1 rear axle ratio, and stronger 31-spline halfshafts with revised upper and lower control arms.[248] These modifications enabled the Cobra to go 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and do the quarter mile in 12.67 seconds at 110.11 mph.[249] Although electronically-governed to a top speed of 155 mph,[250] a factory-stock Terminator Cobra can reach a top speed of just under 180 mph if the governor is removed.

The 2003 Cobra boasted visual and functional improvements designed by Camilo Pardo,[251] the chief designer of the 2005–2006 Ford GT supercar.[252] These exterior differences included a new front fascia with an integrated spoiler and front brake air ducts, a new rear fascia with a black insert which visually integrated the exhaust pipes, a composite hood with dual functional air scoops, newly designed side scoops, and foldable sideview mirrors painted in the matching body color.[253] The side skirts were designed specifically for the Terminator Cobra body kit, featuring a smooth body line from the door to the bottom of the car. As a visual departure from the 1999–2002 Cobras, which featured the Canadian Mustang taillights with separate amber turn signals, the 2003–2004 Cobras used standard red Mustang taillights with integrated turn signals.[254] SVT also introduced new five-spoke 17" x 9" rims, available in standard machined-faced aluminum with metallic argent-painted pockets or optional chrome.[255] Finally, the Terminator Cobra sported a new decklid spoiler with an integrated LED brake light,[256] as opposed to the wing-type spoiler seen on previous Cobras and the standard Mustang V6 and GT models. It was optional to delete the spoiler,[257] and the brake light was then integrated into the decklid using conventional bulbs.

Paint and Interior Trim[edit]

By the end of the model year, the 2003 Cobra was offered in ten exterior paint colors, but initially, it was available in seven colors.[258] Early 2003 Cobras built between May and September 2002[259] were produced concurrently with the 2002 Mustang V6 and GT models. Since Satin Silver and Mineral Grey were 2002 colors, they were replaced with Silver Metallic and Dark Shadow Grey Metallic,[260] respectively, at the start of regular 2003 Mustang production on September 29, 2002.[261] Redfire Metallic replaced Torch Red[262] only because it was a new color for the 2003 model year; however, Torch Red would make a comeback at the end of the model year on the 10th Anniversary Edition (see the next section). All 2003 Cobras had Dark Charcoal interiors. The seats were upholstered with Dark Charcoal Nudo leather bolsters and suede inserts in either Medium Graphite (light gray) or Medium Parchment (tan).[263] The Cobra emblem on the front seatbacks was embroidered in a color that matched the suede inserts; however, on the 10th Anniversary Edition, this same emblem was embroidered in dark charcoal-colored thread to contrast with the special red leather inserts. On Cobra convertibles, the canvas convertible top was either black or parchment depending on the color of the chosen suede seat inserts,[264] and on 10th Anniversary Edition convertibles, the canvas convertible top was only available in black.[265]

NOTE: In the table below, paint colors marked with an asterisk (*) were available at the start of regular 2003 Mustang production on September 29, 2002.

Paint Code Paint Color
B7 Zinc Yellow Clearcoat
CX Dark Shadow Grey Clearcoat Metallic*
D3 Torch Red Clearcoat
G2 Redfire Clearcoat Metallic*
SN Sonic Blue Clearcoat Metallic
TK Mineral Grey Clearcoat Metallic
TL Satin Silver Clearcoat Metallic
UA Ebony Clearcoat
YN Silver Clearcoat Metallic*
Z1 Oxford White Clearcoat
Trim Code Interior Color
M2 Dark Charcoal Nudo leather with Medium Graphite suede inserts
MH Dark Charcoal Nudo leather with Medium Parchment suede inserts
MR Dark Charcoal Nudo leather with Colorado Red leather inserts

Deciphering the VIN Codes[edit]

In the table below, the codes in bold are unique to the SVT Cobra for the 2003 model year, and these codes differentiate the SVT Cobra from other 2003 Mustangs.[266]

Digit(s) Component Code Meaning
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

48
49
Cobra coupe
Cobra convertible
8


Engine


Y


Supercharged 4.6 L V8, 32-valve DOHC EFI
Horsepower: 390 hp (291 kW) @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 390 lb·ft (530 N·m) @ 3500 rpm
9 Check digit 0–9 or X Varies per VIN
10 Model year 3 2003
11 Assembly plant F Dearborn Assembly Plant
12–17 Sequential production number 100001–999999 Varies per vehicle

2003 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.

Model VIN Code MSRP
Cobra coupe P48Y $33,460[267]
Cobra convertible P49Y $37,835[268]

2003 10th Anniversary Edition[edit]

For 2003, SVT offered a limited-edition 10th Anniversary Cobra to celebrate ten years since the introduction of the first SVT Mustang Cobra in 1993.[269][270] The car featured unique seven-spoke, dark argent-painted, 17" alloy wheels; Dark Charcoal interior with Colorado Red leather inserts on the seats; red inserts in the door panels; red-painted brake calipers; and special 10th Anniversary badges on the decklid and floormats.[271][272] Also included was special carbon fiber-patterned leather wrapped around the shifter; emergency brake handle; and on the steering wheel at the 10, 2, and 6 o'clock positions.[273][274] The Anniversary model was the first Cobra to feature a steering wheel with grip humps at the 10 and 2 o'clock positions. SVT produced 2,003 (same number as the model year) units of the Anniversary model at the end of the model year during June and July 2003, totaling 1,003 coupes and 1,000 convertibles.[275] The 10th Anniversary models were only available in three exterior colors: Black (775 models), Torch Red (734 models), and Silver Metallic (494 models).[276] The 10th Anniversary Edition package (order code 375A) was a $1,495 option.[277][278]

2003 Detailed Production Numbers[279][edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

Interior Oxford White Ebony Torch Red Redfire Zinc Yellow Sonic Blue Satin Silver Mineral Grey Silver Dark Shadow Grey Totals
Graphite suede 451 1,618 214 758 490 1,029 242 302 735 851 6,690
Parchment suede 170 252 59 197 0 23 0 0 0 0 701
Red leather 0 381 365 0 0 0 0 0 257 0 1,003
TOTALS 621 2,251 638 955 490 1,052 242 302 992 851 8,394

Cobra Convertible[edit]

Interior Oxford White Ebony Torch Red Redfire Zinc Yellow Sonic Blue Satin Silver Mineral Grey Silver Dark Shadow Grey Totals
Graphite suede 171 1,095 157 414 319 340 81 154 311 446 3,488
Parchment suede 137 190 56 196 0 15 0 0 0 0 594
Red leather 0 394 369 0 0 0 0 0 237 0 1,000
TOTALS 308 1,679 582 610 319 355 81 154 548 446 5,082

Total 2003 Production[edit]

Year Model Production
2003 Cobra Coupe 8,394
Cobra Convertible 5,082
TOTAL 13,476

2004[edit]

2004 SVT Cobra coupe

The 2004 Cobra was a carryover of the 2003 Cobra but with a few minor updates, including a slightly updated exhaust system and rumors of a 20+ horsepower increase over the 2003 model.[280] The addition of a newly integrated shift light negated the $1,000 gas guzzler tax that was charged on the 2003 models. One notable new option across the entire Ford lineup was the available Sirius satellite radio; the distinguishing feature between the 2003 and 2004 factory sound systems was the "SAT" button on the 2004 system.[281]

The 2004 Cobra was produced between November 2003[282] and March 2004.[283][284] It was a short model year for the 2004 Terminator Cobra, as well as the entire 2004 Mustang lineup, due to a number of reasons. The 2004 Mustangs and Cobras were the last Mustangs to be built at Ford's historic Dearborn Assembly Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Ford Motor Company had made the decision to end Mustang production there rather than updating the plant for the 2005 models.[285] Thus, 2004 production was scheduled to wrap up by May 2004.[286] Another reason was the hype over the all-new 2005 Mustang, which meant that Ford needed to start production as soon as possible at the newly updated Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, then known as AutoAlliance International.[287]

Paint and Interior Trim[edit]

The 2004 Cobra was available in eight exterior paint colors,[288] as shown in the table below. Zinc Yellow was replaced by Screaming Yellow[289] across the Mustang lineup for 2004; however, Sonic Blue Metallic and Dark Shadow Grey Metallic were still available on regular 2004 Mustangs.[290] The seats were upholstered with Dark Charcoal Nudo leather bolsters and suede inserts in either Dark Charcoal or Medium Graphite.[291] Medium Parchment suede inserts were no longer offered. The Cobra emblem on the front seatbacks was embroidered in a medium graphite-colored thread regardless of the color of the suede seat inserts; however, on the Mystichrome Cobra (see the next section), this same emblem was embroidered in dark charcoal-colored thread to contrast with the special Mystichrome leather inserts. On all 2004 Cobra convertibles, the canvas convertible top was only available in black, regardless of the color and material of the seat inserts.[292]

Paint Code Paint Color
CY Competition Orange Clearcoat
D3 Torch Red Clearcoat
D6 Screaming Yellow Clearcoat
G2 Redfire Clearcoat Metallic
G6 Mystichrome Clearcoat Metallic
UA Ebony Clearcoat
YN Silver Clearcoat Metallic
Z1 Oxford White Clearcoat
Trim Code Interior Color
M2 Dark Charcoal Nudo leather with Medium Graphite suede inserts
MD Dark Charcoal Nudo leather with Mystichrome leather inserts
MW Dark Charcoal Nudo leather with Dark Charcoal suede inserts

Deciphering the VIN Codes[edit]

In the table below, the codes in bold are unique to the SVT Cobra for the 2004 model year, and these codes differentiate the SVT Cobra from other 2004 Mustangs.[293]

Digit(s) Component Code Meaning
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

48
49
Cobra coupe
Cobra convertible
8


Engine


Y


Supercharged 4.6 L V8, 32-valve DOHC EFI
Horsepower: 390 hp (291 kW) @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 390 lb·ft (530 N·m) @ 3500 rpm
9 Check digit 0–9 or X Varies per VIN
10 Model year 4 2004
11 Assembly plant F Dearborn Assembly Plant
12–17 Sequential production number 100001–999999 Varies per vehicle

2004 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.

Model VIN Code MSRP
Cobra coupe P48Y $34,575[294]
Cobra convertible P49Y $38,950[295]

2004 Mystichrome Cobra[edit]

The limited-edition 2004 Mystichrome Cobra debuted at the 2003 New York International Auto Show[296] alongside the 2004 40th Anniversary Mustang GT and V6 models. According to SVT's press release, the Mystichrome Cobra was produced to help commemorate the Mustang's 40th anniversary year.[297] SVT had recognized the importance of this milestone, and shortly after the success of the 1996 Mystic Cobra, SVT worked with Ford's product planners and outside vendors to build the ultimate special edition Cobra.[298] DuPont was commissioned to work on an improved formulation of color-shifting paint that would be easier to use and match. The resulting Mystichrome paint, sold to BASF who finally supplied the paint to Ford, contained ChromaFlair pigments that rendered a shift from a bright topaz green to cobalt blue, then to royal purple, and finally to a deep onyx black.[299] A high amount of metallic aluminum flakes were added to give the Mystichrome paint some sparkle. The paint is called "2004 Ford Mustang Cobra MystiChrome Metallic" and cost, at the time, about $150 per pint.[300] As the Mystichrome paint is still very expensive, any kind of exterior damage to the car is financially problematic. If a damaged Mystichrome Cobra requires repainting at a reputable Ford dealer's body shop, a Ford employee from Dearborn headquarters is required to bring the paint in person and supervise the usage of the special paint. The damaged car must be verified that it is a factory-built Mystichrome Cobra. Once the body shop is finished using the Mystichrome paint, all unused paint must be put back in the can and sealed, and the supervising Ford employee returns to Dearborn with the unused paint.

SVT worked with Garden State Tanning to produce the Mystichrome leather[301] found on the car's seat inserts and the steering wheel at the 10, 2, and 6 o'clock positions. The production process for the Mystichrome leather included tanning and dying the leather jet black, spraying the Mystichrome paint directly onto the leather, and sealing it with a clear layer to protect and prevent damage to the Mystichrome-painted leather.[302] Like the 2003 10th Anniversary Cobra, the Mystichrome Cobra featured a steering wheel with grip humps at the 10 and 2 o'clock positions. The Mystichrome Cobra came standard with the five-spoke 17" chrome wheels.[303]

The Mystichrome Cobra was produced between December 2003 and January 2004. A total of 1,010 Mystichrome Cobras were produced, 515 coupes and 495 convertibles.[304] The Mystichrome Appearance Package (order code 68M), as it was officially called by Ford, was only a $3,650 option.[305]

A definitive history of the Terminator Cobra and John Coletti's SVT operations was captured in the non-fiction book Iron Fist, Lead Foot by Frank Moriarty.

2004 Detailed Production Numbers[306][edit]

Cobra Coupe[edit]

Interior Oxford White Ebony Torch Red Redfire Competition Orange Screaming Yellow Silver Mystichrome Totals
Charcoal suede 196 610 313 318 281 299 324 0 2,341
Graphite suede 120 210 164 191 0 0 227 0 912
Mystichrome leather 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 515 515
TOTALS 316 820 477 509 281 299 551 515 3,768

Cobra Convertible[edit]

Interior Oxford White Ebony Torch Red Redfire Competition Orange Screaming Yellow Silver Mystichrome Totals
Charcoal suede 94 308 132 159 72 167 172 0 1,104
Graphite suede 34 84 35 50 0 0 94 0 297
Mystichrome leather 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 495 495
TOTALS 128 392 167 209 72 167 266 495 1,896
2003–2004 SVT Cobra engine

Total 2003–2004 Production[edit]

Year Model Production
2003 Cobra Coupe 8,394
Cobra Convertible 5,082
Total 13,476
2004 Cobra Coupe 3,768
Cobra Convertible 1,896
Total 5,664
TOTAL 19,140

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