Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Random Car Wednesday: 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

1993 marked the final year for the fox-body Mustang, and the fine fellows at Ford were determined to give it a proper sendoff. The newly-created Special Vehicles Team, or SVT, was put in charge of creating a high-performance version of the Mustang. Their final result, the Mustang SVT Cobra, was a force to be reckoned with. While visual changes were minimal, the SVT team had completely reworked the mechanical aspects of the car. The powertrain was Ford's trustworthy 5.0 V8, but massaged with a host of performance parts and upgrades to turn up the heat. The result was 235 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and a 0 to 60 time of 5.9 seconds. Seeing as how the Mustang was essentially a hatchback at the time, those were impressive figures. Top speed was 140 mph, adding to the car's reputation. Changes to the drivetrain and suspension rounded out the modifications, and allowed the car to manage all that added power. The SVT Cobra name would continue through the next two Mustang redesigns, but the fox-body was a one-year special, with just under 5,000 being built, along with a handful of even more powerful Cobra R models to boot. This car is a great example, and wears the most common color choice: Vibrant Red. Personally, I have a soft spot for this car, and I'd rank it among my top ten favorite Mustangs of all time. This one was in the parking garage at a Cars and Coffee meet, and hopefully I'll eventually catch it out in the sunshine for a better photo.

1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

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