What Is the Mustang SVT Cobra?

Any fan of Mustangs from the ‘90s and early 2000s knows the SVT Cobra name. The badging was used on a number of different third and fourth-generation pony cars, each of them setting the bar higher for horsepower and top speed. Built by the company’s Special Vehicles Team (SVT), the specs of the SVT Cobra have varied over the years, although a focus on high performance has been consistent.

SVT Cobra Mustang1993 and Beyond

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.

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 Variants

A 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.

The Future of the Cobra

While nothing is known for sure, rumors have swirled about the possible reintroduction of the Cobra as a high-performance variant of the upcoming sixth-gen pony car. Keep checking back with the CJ Pony Parts website for more info as it becomes available!