1995 was the second year of the SN95 generation, and very few changes were made from the ’94 year. The biggest change was the attempt to create a new model that wedged itself in between the base V6 and the more performance-oriented GT. This trim, called the GTS, only lasted for one model year. 1995 also saw the return of the Cobra R and was the final year of pushrod-style engines. For a complete look at how the performance of the 1995 model stacks up to other years within the generation, check out our SN95 Mustang horsepower guide.
1995 Ford Mustang Specs
|5.0L V8 (Cobra)
|5.8L V8 (Cobra R)
||Adj. 2019 Inflation
|Cobra R Coupe
Production Numbers and Curb Weight
|Cobra R Coupe
|Deep Forest Green
Interior Trim Colors
|Bright Red Cloth
|Opal Gray Cloth
|Bright Red Leather
|Opal Gray Leather
|White Leather (Convertible Only)
Transmission Options and Specifications
Though it may seem like almost every model of 1995 Mustang was equipped with the same transmission (with the exception of the Cobra R), that’s not quite accurate. Every 1995 Mustang that came with a manual transmission was equipped with one of many versions of the T-5 transmission. Considering all of the technical differences that exist between the T-5s, they’re all very different, right down to the gear ratios. Unfortunately, this means that doing a transmission swap may not be quite as straightforward as you might imagine.
The Cobra R was the only 1995 Mustang that didn’t get equipped with some version of the T-5. Instead, the Cobra R was equipped with the Tremec 3550. Though many have noted the “notchier” feel of this transmission, it is alleviated by adhering to the break-in period. If you’re buying one that’s been used and where it’s difficult to tell what the previous owner may or may not have done with regards to breaking in their transmission the way it was meant to be, you can upgrade and fix this transmission relatively easily.
Fortunately, because the Cobra R was only sold to individuals with a valid racing license, for the most part, the transmissions are in as good a shape as they were ever going to be.
The one automatic transmission that was available this year was one of Ford’s shortest-lived transmissions. The AODE was only available between 1994 and 1995. The 4R70 is essentially an AODE transmission as well, and if you’re in need of parts there are many compatible parts shared between the two.
Unlike previous AOD transmissions, the AODE’s relied on a “shift solenoid” to control the transmission. This solenoid electronically tied the transmission and the PCM of the car together in a way that was much more precise than the previous method that relied on cables and mechanical shift modulation.
Transmission Specs 1995 Mustang
|Transmission||First Gear||Second Gear||Third Gear||Fourth Gear||Fifth Gear||Reverse Gear||Torque Capacity
1995 Mustang Exterior Changes
Very little changed between 1994 and 1995 regarding the appearance of the Mustang. The front cap of the rocker trim changed in order to offer additional support to the rest of the rocker panel and keep debris from being quite so easy to throw onto the Mustang’s doors.
Though no new colors were introduced, many exterior colors were retired. It would be the last year for Bright Blue, Vibrant Red, and Canary Yellow, which was restricted to GT and GTS versions.
Sapphire Blue, which had only ever been available for the 1966 Shelby GT350, returned for a single year but was restricted to GT and GTS Mustangs.
1995 Mustang Special Editions
The GTS was a trial run. Ford wanted to offer something that was in between the base Mustang and the Mustang GT for people who wanted performance but didn't necessarily care about power seats. The GTS included a V8 engine and Borg Warner five-speed transmission, but while Mustang GTs typically have some comfort features on the inside, the GTS was a base Mustang. Cloth-only seats, manual windows, and manual door locks were the features that came standard on a GTS.
Though it wasn’t considered a successful trial due to the overall low sales of the GTS, the vehicle has been viewed well historically since it offered the performance of a GT with less “stuff” to haul around.
A limited run of 1,003 Cobra convertibles were manufactured this year, and of those only 499 had a hardtop. Though the hardtop is cool, it’s not easily removed, which kinda defeats the point of a convertible. 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.
If you selected the Cobra Coupe instead 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.
The Cobra R returned for the first time in the SN95 generation. Very few Cobra Rs were produced, and in order to purchase one, you had to be able to show a race license. All 250 Cobra Rs produced during the 1995 run were white with a saddle cloth interior.
In addition to an improved engine and transmission, the Cobra R also had heavier springs, larger anti-sway bars, larger wheels, and a fiberglass hood. Much like the GT350R, just as notable are all of the things that the Cobra R came without. Because it was designed to be a light racecar the Cobra R didn’t have a rear seat, a radio, or an AC system. Additionally, no power options for windows or locks were available.
Popular Modifications for 1995 Mustangs
Though upgrading the Mustang to the more desirable GT40 cylinder heads used to be a popular and inexpensive modification, as the supply of good quality GT40s has decreased as demand has increased, the aftermarket has filled the void with a variety of high-performance cylinder heads for the 1995 Mustang that can outshine the GT40s and don’t require “knowing a guy who knows a guy.”
Throttle body spacers are beneficial for a wide variety of Mustang drivers, but they’re most effective for use with a carbureted overhead valve engine, exactly like the one you’re currently operating. There are throttle bodies and throttle body spacers that can help to improve your Mustang, and it’s an easy way to make sure that you’re getting the correct mix of fuel and air for your engine.
Though the 1995 Mustang was only the second year of the SN95 generation, some of the features that the generation has become known for were already emerging. Considering this was the last year that pushrod-style engines were available as well as the last year that the T-5 transmission came in the GT, this was a year of big changes despite being early generation.
The GTS was a particularly interesting experiment, and it’s a shame that it didn’t do better, since a Mustang with all of the performance features and none of the luxury features priced neatly in-between the base and GT is a great idea that wasn’t appreciated nearly enough in its time.
Want to compare these specs to another SN95 Mustang? Check out our pages for the 1996 Mustang Specs, 1997 Mustang Specs, 1998 Mustang Specs, 1999 Mustang Specs, 2000 Mustang Specs, 2001 Mustang Specs, 2002 Mustang Specs, and 2003 Mustang Specs
Source: Ford, Car and Driver | Image Credit: Ford, Creative Commons