What Is the Mustang SVT Cobra-R?

What Is the Mustang SVT Cobra-R?

Last Updated February 5, 2020

The Special Vehicle Team (SVT) was a collection of talented individuals employed by Ford and charged with the responsibility of designing and developing the venerable auto manufacturer’s high-performance vehicle lines. The Mustang SVT Cobra-R is widely regarded as one of the best SVT products of all time. The 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. A variant of the SVT Cobra, the SVT Cobra-R was offered three times from 1993-2000 and provided an even higher level of performance than the “base” SVT Cobra.

The Original Mustang SVT Cobra-R

Cobra R Mustang

The first SVT Cobra-R was released in 1993 and was limited to a production run of 107 models. These special-edition Mustangs were specifically designed for the racetrack and were equipped with an impressive and powerful 5.0L Windsor V8 engine along with racing-oriented features such as larger brakes, Koni shocks, and the absence of air conditioning and a stereo system.

To ensure this vehicle made it to the racetrack and did not simply become a collector’s item, Ford insisted all buyers present a valid racing license. The Mustang SVT Cobra-R returned in 1995 with a production run limited to 250 and featuring an upgraded 5.8L Windsor V8 engine capable of producing 300 hp.

The 2000 Mustang SVT Cobra-R

The SVT Cobra-R made another return appearance in 2000, this time sporting a high-powered 5.4L DOHC Modular V-8 engine that produced a whopping 385 hp — although many Mustang experts argue the power output was vastly underrated. It also featured a Tremec T56 6-speed gearbox and fabric upholstered Recaro racing seats.

Limited to 300 models, the 2000 Mustang SVT Cobra-R was only available as a coupe and with a Charcoal paint scheme. Complex Rides ranked this vehicle at #19 on its list of “The 100 Best Mustangs of All Time.”

Other Notable Special Cobra Variants

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.

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What Is the Mustang SVT Cobra-R?

Designed specifically for the racetrack, the Mustang SVT Cobra-R was first released in 1993 and is widely regarded as one of the best SVT products of all time. Only 107 SVT Cobra-R's were produced in 1993. The SVT Cobra-R also made another appearance in 2000 with only 250 being produced.