Mustang of the Day: 2000 Cobra R SVT Mustang
Counting down to the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang
One of the rarest Ford Mustangs on our list is the 2000 Cobra R, which had a production run of only 300 units. After the 1999 SVT Mustang Cobra was totally recalled for an issue pertaining to horsepower number, Ford decided to give the people as many horses as they could handle…so long as they were willing to battle for the right to own one of the precious few.
The 2000 Cobra R defied the common logic of making every vehicle unique and customizable to the needs of the customer. If you own one a 2000 Cobra R Mustang, you got the exact same thing that 299 other people got. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that at all: coupe body, Performance Red exterior, Charcoal interior, rear decklid spoiler, 18” five spoke wheels, front bumper splitter, “power dome” hood, and “trumpet-style” intake manifold.
The 2000 Cobra R was an oddity in that it didn’t come with either air conditioning or a radio. Of course, when you’ve got all that power, the wind rushing past you would probably provide all the cool you could ever need, and the sound of that beastly engine should be the only soundtrack playing in your ears.
Since much of the concern that led to the 1999 model being recalled had to do with horsepower, Ford wasn’t taking any chances with the limited-edition 2000 model. The 2000 Cobra R Mustang came equipped with a 5.4-liter DOHC engine that was rated for 385 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque.
According to MustangWorld.com, whose news archive goes all the way back into the days where the 2000 model was the newest thing off of the assembly line, former Special Vehicle Team (SVT) engineering manager John Coletti called it “the fastest, the best-handling Mustang ever.” And, at the time, he was absolutely right.
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