The 2000 Mustang fell nearly in the center of the SN95 Generation, but it was the best-selling year of the entire fourth generation, with an astounding 215,500 Mustangs sold. It was the only SN95 year to break the 200K barrier, with the next highest year coming in at 169,250.
The 1999 facelift for the Mustang had improved the Mustang's appearance significantly and people took notice. Though the engine and transmission options were similar to the 1999 year, with the notable exception of the Cobra R, the 2000 model year saw an exceptionally warm reception.
The 2000 Mustang was available in both a V6 and a V8 option. Even though the V8 provided substantial engine improvements, the V6 outsold the GT model significantly.
2000 Ford Mustang Specs
|4.6L SOHC V8
|5.4L DOHC V8
||Adj. for Inflation
|2000 Mustang Coupe
|2000 Mustang Convertible
|2000 Mustang GT Coupe
|2000 Mustang GT Convertible
|2000 Mustang SVT Cobra Coupe
Production Numbers and Curb Weight
|3.8L V6 Coupe
|3.8L V6 Convertible
|4.6L V8 Coupe
|4.6L V8 Convertible
|5.4L V8 Cobra R
|Amazon (Tropic) Green
|Bright Atlantic Blue
Interior Trim Colors
|Color and Material
|Front Head Room
|Rear Head Room
Transmission Options and Specifications
The only automatic transmission that was available for the 2000 production year of the Mustang was the 4R70W and it was used in both the V6 and GT Mustangs, though the Cobra R was only available as a manual
For manual transmissions, the choices became substantially more interesting. V6 Mustangs were equipped with Tremec's T-5 transmission. This was one of the manual transmissions that Ford used for the longest period of time, and they're remarkably reliable even if they don't have a very beefy torque rating.
The 2000 Mustang GT was equipped with a T-45 transmission. Though early editions of the T-45 had some minor issues, by 1999 Tremec had substantially improved the T-45 transmission, equipping it with improved shift forks, and carbon-fiber synchro rings for the third, fourth, and fifth gear.
The only 2000 Mustang that received the T-56 transmission was the Cobra R. The T-56 is an outstanding transmission. Unlike the other manual options, the T-56 came with six gears.
The T-56 was succeeded by Tremec's TR-6060 transmission, which is also one of the favorite transmission swaps for people who have tuned their Cobra past the max torque rating for the T-56.
2000 Mustang Transmissions and Gear Ratios
|Transmission||First Gear||Second Gear||Third Gear
||Fourth Gear||Fifth Gear||Sixth Gear||Reverse||Torque Capacity
Appearance of 2000 Mustang
Ultimately, the 2000 Mustang looked almost identical to the 1999 model. For 1999, Ford had just given the Mustang a major mid-generation renovation as a way of celebrating the Mustang’s 35th anniversary. The New Edge SN95s had sharper edges than before, giving it, well, a brand new edge (hence the name). The headlights in particular are where you can really see the sharper lines. Whereas the early SN95s had very rounded headlights, the New Edge Model features a more rectangular shape with a cleaner division between the bumper and the headlights. The updated styling made the Mustang appear substantially more modern.
Of the colors that were offered for the 2000 year, three wouldn't return for 2001. Atlantic Blue and Bright Atlantic Blue were both retired temporarily after the 2000 year. Sunburst Gold ended up only being available for 2000.
Amazon Green would return, but was renamed Tropic Green.
Sunburst Gold Saleen Mustang
2000 Mustang Special Editions
2000 wasn't a very heavy year for special editions. There were only two limited production number Mustangs that were released this year. The Cobra R, and the Spring Feature.
The 2000 Cobra R was limited to a mere 300 units. It was only available as a manual transmission Performance Red Coupe. The interior for all 300 was dark charcoal, with fabric covered Recaro seats.
The color code assigned to the Cobra R's interior was “DW.”
2000 was the only year that the Spring Feature special edition was available. Ordering this package was the only way to get a Zinc Yellow Mustang in 2000, though it became a standard color for the following year.
The Spring Feature package could only be added to GT Mustangs, though it could be added to either coupe or convertible editions. In addition to Zinc Yellow, customers could order the Spring Feature package in Black, White, Silver, or Performance Red.
Ultimately, only 3,091 Spring Feature Mustangs were produced.
Popular Performance Upgrades for 2000 Mustangs
Though the 2000 Mustang was pretty well specced for its time, there's no doubt that those that are remaining are beginning to show their age and that new innovations in auto-tech have rendered some of the top-of-the-line features from 2000 obsolete.
One of the most popular upgrades is doing a Coyote Swap. Not only does this mean that you can potentially put a brand new engine with zero miles on it in your vehicle, but it enables you to make many other upgrades at the same time.
If you're a little intimidated by the idea of swapping out an engine, or if you're working on a 2000 Mustang with low mileage, there are other ways to increase its power and performance. Something as simple as a strut bar can improve corner handling, and your Mustang is past due for an air filter change if you haven't already.
As you perform upgrades, keep your transmission's torque capacity in mind, and remember that if you're going to mod your Mustang to go much past that, you'll want to upgrade your transmission as well so that it can handle the extra power.
2000 Mustang Summary
Ultimately, the 2000 Mustang has a lot of features that make it desirable today. Ford had not only upgraded to modular engine styles but also had updated and worked out the minor issues that came from changing over to a new transmission and engine.
As Fox Body Mustangs slide into desirable-collectible territory, it's likely the SN95s will follow, and 2000 is a great year for modders who want to upgrade parts.
Ford's design shifts make it easy to upgrade aspects of this Mustang, and its popularity makes it easy to find aftermarket parts that will work for your need, and they're still plentiful.
Want to compare these specs to another SN95 Mustang? Check out our pages for the 1995 Mustang Specs, 1996 Mustang Specs, 1997 Mustang Specs, 1998 Mustang Specs, 1999 Mustang Specs, 2001 Mustang Specs, 2002 Mustang Specs, and 2003 Mustang Specs