What Is a New Edge Mustang?

What Is a New Edge Mustang?

Last Updated August 4, 2019

New Edge Mustangs include the 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 model years. This is the second generation, if you will, of the SN95 body style ranging from 1994-2004. What makes New Edge Mustangs different from 1994-1998 primarily resides in the exterior styling. New Edge Mustangs are easily identified by their sharper, more angular styling. During these years, multiple changes were made not only to the design of the Mustang but also to many aspects of its performance and handling.

The New Edge generation kicked off with a bang. The 1999 Cobra was the first Mustang to offer an independent rear suspension, a performance upgrade so great that it was eventually added to all Mustangs in 2015. The very next year saw the release of the 2000 SVT Cobra R.

Few cars inspire envy the way the Cobra R does. The Cobra R was a primarily track-oriented Mustang with minimal production numbers. There were only 300 of these cars produced. Ford and the SVT Team squeezed a 5.4L free-flowing 385 horsepower V8 under the hood and mated it a Tremec T-56 Manual Transmission. With specially tuned suspension, no air conditioning, no radio, no cruise control, a 20-gallon fuel cell and much more, the 2000 Cobra R was 110% at home on the track.

Mustang SVT Cobra R

Though the SVT Cobra R didn't return for 2001, Mustang enthusiasts still had amazing options for the next year. The 2001 Bullitt special edition was based on eponymous Dark Highland Green 1968 Fastback. The Bullitt was equipped with a 390 cubic-inch V8.

Mustang Bullitt

It's hard to believe that there could be even more treats in the New Edge generation, but the 2003-2004 model years featured two major trim levels that stood apart from the rest: The Mach 1 and SVT Cobra.

What made the Mach 1 special was that it was the ultimate throwback to the original Mach 1 Mustangs from the late '60s and early '70s. Everything from the Shaker Hood to the seat design, gauge cluster, interior accents, wheels and satin black spoiler - the 2003-2004 Mach 1 was truly a unique New Edge Mustang.

2003 orange Mustang Mach 1

The 2003-2004 SVT Cobra earned the nickname “Terminator” shortly after its release. This was due in part to the supercharged 4.6L V8 under the hood, which pumped out just under 400 horsepower - which was quite a bit for 2003! Combine that with some serious head-turning styling cues and a very vocal supercharger that screamed all the way to redline, and you had one highly desirable Mustang.

Mustang SVT Cobra

What Is a New Edge Mustang?

If you’ve spent any time around Mustang owners and enthusiasts, you’ve probably heard the term “New Edge” being used in conversation. New Edge refers to a particular body style of Mustang, 1999-2004 model years. To better explain where New Edge is derived from, it should be known that New Edge Mustangs fall within the SN-95 Mustang generation, 1994-2004. SN-95 or SN95 Mustangs get their name from Ford’s body code, just like S197 and S550.