The '03 Mustang Cobra is One Seriously Mean, Future Classic
A classic car should speak to you. It should relay its history through your right foot and the seat of your pants. All the greats do, especially the early icons in the Ford Mustang lineup. The 2003-2004 Mustang SVT Cobra is decidedly a bit younger than those icons, but in time its message should be no less profound. Namely because it’s a hard-hitting, no-nonsense Camaro crusher, and one pony car that should see its stock rise heavily in the future. Like this sinister version? It’s prowling the streets of Richardson, Texas, and looking for new ownership. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
The ’03 SVT Cobra story has a slight preface. In the late ‘90s, Ford launched its restyled Mustang Cobra, bringing with it a claimed 320 horsepower of go. Due to issues with its intake and exhaust, that ’99 car punched a bit softer than it should, a problem which was ultimately resolved with the 2001 model. By mid 2002, Ford needed to put that unsavory experience behind, and the ’03 SVT Cobra was the perfect car to make it happen.
Nicknamed ‘the Terminator’ by the SVT development team, the ’03 Mustang Cobra lifted the Eaton supercharger from the SVT Lightning pickup truck, swallowed a heavy-duty iron engine block, and summoned a brutal 390 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. It was not a car to take lightly, but it was a car that could take corners. It bolted-in a six-speed Tremec gearbox, limited-slip differential, and independent rear suspension. Replete with various other chassis adjustments, the supercharged ‘Terminator’ was every bit a ‘Super Mustang’ in 2003… and one that sold for around $34,000.
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However you won't find a supercharger on this one. This SVT Cobra forgoes its Eaton blower for a Hellion turbocharger kit. Where the stock setup made 390 ponies, this current turbo tune brings power up to a claimed 650hp at the wheels, according to the seller. That’s a ton of grunt, and it’s relayed to the ground through a set of forged wheels wrapped in Nitto drag radial tires.
Given its stunning looks and even more impressive performance, these ’03 and ’04 Cobras may evolve from “future classic” to full-on “classic” sooner than one might think.
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