Well, this year
Ford's Special Vehicule Team decided to slap on a supercharger on the
Mustang Cobra, the result : 390hp and 390 lbs-ft! There are other
subtle changes to the car's body like the new hood and the 0.25-in drop in
height. Can you tame this wild beast?
Beginning with the original in
1993, every generation of the SVT Mustang Cobra has elevated its standard
of performance. Now, the 2003 SVT Mustang Cobra raises the bar yet again,
this time increasing power output to a level never before achieved in a
production Mustang. The addition of a Roots-type supercharger and
water-to-air intercooler to the Cobra’s 4.6-litre, DOHC 4-valve V-8
engine bumps output to 390 horsepower and 390 foot-pounds of torque.
The new SVT Cobra also joins the
2002 SVT Focus in providing a six-speed gearbox as standard equipment.
Additional enhancements for 2003 include exterior design alterations to
the front and rear fascia, hood, rocker mouldings and side scoops, as well
as several changes to the interior appointments, including new
multi-adjustable front seats trimmed in Nudo leather and Preferred suede.
The 2003 SVT Mustang Cobra’s
4.6-litre, DOHC V-8 is equipped with an Eaton™ supercharger and new
aluminum alloy cylinder heads that provide increased flow capabilities.
The engine produces 390 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 390 foot-pounds of
torque at 3,500 rpm, compared with the 2001 model’s 320 hp at 6,000 rpm
and 317 foot-pounds of torque at 4,750 rpm.
FORD MUSTANG SVT COBRA
$34 995 USD
rear-wheeled-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door-coupe
32-valve 90o V-8, iron block aluminum heads, belt-driven
supercharger w/liquid-to-air intercooler
cc / 280.6 cu in
390 bhp @ 6000 rpm
390 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
mm / 101.3 in
mm / 183.5 in
mm / 73.1 in
mm / 52.6 in
kg / 3664 lbs
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