1993 and BeyondThe first SVT Cobra, released in 1993, set the standards for the models to follow. While not noticeably different on the outside, the car featured a tuned Toiko suspension and a refined version of Ford’s 5.0L V8, capable of powering it from 0 to 60 in just 5.9 seconds.
In 2003, the so-called “Terminator” Mustang was one of the first in the Ford stable to offer a six-speed manual transmission, built by Tremec. Other notable features over the years have included the addition of an independent rear suspension from 1999 to 2004 — the only time IRS was offered on a Mustang until the release of the redesigned sixth generation for 2015.
Special Cobra VariantsA number of special variants of the SVT Cobra have been released over the years. Of these, the most notable have been the Cobra R models, released in 1993, 1995 and 2000. Featuring even more refined performance, the R type Cobra SVTs have been produced in extremely limited quantities — the 1993 and 1995 versions couldn’t be purchased without a valid racing license to ensure the vehicle was put to use, rather than purchased by a collector.
Other interesting variants of the SVT Cobra include the 1996 Mystic Cobra, which featured a color-shifting paint produced in such limited quantities that official verification is required to purchase extra for a repair. To celebrate the Cobra’s 10th anniversary in 2003, the SVT team released a limited edition Cobra with anniversary badging, dark argent alloy wheels and special red interior and exterior trim.