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Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
Most of us are familiar with the Ford Mustang and its history but we may not be as familiar with the Mustang Cobra The Mustang SVT Cobra is built through Fords Special Vehicle Team division.  It is a high- performance version of the Mustang, sitting in the model range above the Mustang GT model.  On three occasions, Ford also produced an even higher performance Cobra R variant. 
Although the Shelby GT500 Mustang is built in part by SVT, and bears the Cobra badge, it is not considered an SVT Cobra, as it is licensed by Shelby and doesn't have Cobra anywhere in its description or name.
The first appearance of the Mustang SVT Cobra was a 1993 model launched during the 1992 Chicago Auto Show.  It was the premier vehicle of Ford's newly established SVT division, designed to showcase SVT's four hallmarks of Performance, Substance, Exclusivity and Value.  The exterior of the 1993 SVT Cobra does not represent a radical departure from the year's GT model however, there are a number of changes under the skin. The powertrain was driven by a 302 CID V8 (5.0L) motor, producing 235 horsepower and 280 ft- lbs of torque.  According to Road & Track Magazine, this could send a Cobra through the 1/4 mile in 14.5 seconds at a top speed of 98 mph.  Acceleration from zero to 60 mph took 5.9 seconds.  The drivetrain received an upgraded transmission, rear disc brakes, and for the first time on a factory Mustang, 17" unidirectional wheels. The suspension was not neglected, either: Cobra models received a softer, more compliant ride compared to the GT model.  This was accomplished with model-specific springs and sway bars. For 1996, Ford did away with the 5.0 liter V8 in the Mustang, replacing it with a new aluminum 4.6 liter, DOHC, "modular" unit that was smoother and had slightly better fuel economy.  This engine produced 305 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torque, making the new Cobra capable of 0–60 in 5 seconds and a 13.5 second quarter mile time. The Mustang SVT Cobra was first offered as a convertible in 1994.  Our 1998 Mustang Cobra convertible is one of only 3,480 built that year (there were 5,174 coupes built that year). Contact one of our friendly sales consultants for more information on this unique, low production vehicle!
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