2003 Ford Mustang Cobra

Quick Specs
90-degree, DOHC 32-Valve supercharged V-8
4.6L / 281 CID
390 hp @ 6000 rpm
390 lbs.-ft. @ 3500 rpm
Bore x Stroke: 3.55 in. x 3.54 in.
Engine Compression:  8.5:1
Introduced in 2003, the latest edition of the SVT Cobra took the modern Mustang horsepower to a never before seen level. The Twin Cam, 32 valve 4.6-liter V-8 made an astonishing 390 horsepower to the flywheel. A 70 horsepower gain over the previous variant, and 130 horsepower over the 2-valve GT which only produced 260 horsepower. The Terminator nickname was a code name for the engine Ford used to separate it from the rest of the Modular V-8 family. It also featured a Tremec T-56 6-speed manual transmission (only), new front and rear bumper designs, a new hood, side moldings and scoops, and several new interior features, like a boost gauge, up-shift warning light, new driver and passenger bucket seats with larger bolsters. For suspension upgrades, the live-axle was passed on for the Independent Rear end Suspension system (IRS), mated with performance struts and shocks. Stopping power was handled by a 13 inch vented Brernbo Brake system.
Derived from the success of the Ford F-150 Lightning; The new Cobra would not only dominate its competition but (Terminate) it with its 0-60 times of around 4.5 seconds and a quarter mile time of 12.1 seconds. This was not only a threat to the outgoing at the time Chevrolet Camaro, but it also posed a significant threat to the Corvette, Pontiac GTO, and a few other outgoing American/import models to name a few. This car also dominated car culture for many years and still has to this day inspired many other manufacturers to add such types of superchargers/turbochargers to get the most out of an engine. This was the last Cobra Ford had built with the Fox/SN95 platform as the new generation took place in 2005.
Should you buy one?
Yes, if you have the means, as this is quickly turning into a collector’s car and prices have been known to stay consecutively in the mid-$20,000 range.


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