The 2000 Cobra R was designed with one purpose in mind - racing. Featuring a 5.4L 32 valve engine, this performance icon lays down a staggering 385 horsepower – all natural. This Mustang is the complete package, from the funtional ground effects to the race inspired interior – this car means business.
“Everything we’ve done on this car is a notch, or several notches, above anything we’ve done before,” Coletti says. “This 2000 Cobra R pushes the performance envelope far beyond the capabilities of any previous Mustang.” Engine and Drivetrain Producing 385 bhp and 385 lb.-ft. of torque, the Cobra R’s engine shows the performance capabilities of Ford’s overhead-cam modular family.” said John Coletti, who runs Ford’s Special Vehicle Engineering Team.
“This is the fastest, the best-handling Mustang ever. It will set a performance benchmark for the competition,” Coletti said. ”the Cobra R combines high-performance hardware and engineering that go a long way toward making it the best of the breed.”
With it’s agressive styling and race inspired suspension, the Cobra R is basically a street legal race car. The interior is bare bones – no radio, heat, air conditioning, or even a back seat. Recardo racing seats hold the driver in place while using aB&M Ripper shifter to take the car through all six of the T-56 Tremec’s gears. Power makes it’s way to the 18 x 9.5 in. cast aluminum 5 spoke wheels via 3.55 gears.
Assisting the BF Goodrich g-ForceKD, 265/40ZR-18 tires achieve a 1.0+ G skidpad are Eiback springs and Billstein shocks / struts. A Brembo big brake kit helps to slow this machine from it’s 170mph top speed all the while withstanding abuse on the track.
2000 Cobra R Specifications
|Vehicle configuration||Front engine, rear drive two-door, two-pass. coupe|
|Engine type||V-8, DOHC, 4 valves/cyl.|
|Engine modifications||Carillo connecting rods, forged pistons, McLeod aluminum flywheel, higher-flow aluminum cylinder heads, Cobra 5.4-liter intake/exhaust cams, tubular-steel exhaust headers, low-restriction two-piece Cobra 5.4 intake manifold, higher-flow single-bore 80mm throttle body, K&N air filter|
|Horsepower, hp @ rpm, SAE net||385 @ 5700|
|Torque, lb-ft @ rpm, SAE net||385 @ 4500|
|Transmission type||6-speed manual|
|Tires/wheels||BFGoodrich g-Force KD 265/40ZR18/18×19.5 forged aluminum alloy|
|Other modifications||Fuel cell, front splitter air dam, rear-deck spoiler, power-dome hood, Brembo four-piston front calipers, Eibach springs, induction-hardened halfshafts, 3.55 rear axle, T-56 Tremec six-speed manual, Borla mufflers|
|Standing quarter mile, sec/mph||12.9/110.8|
|Braking, 60-0 mph, ft||109|
|Lateral acceleration, g||1.01|
|Speed through 600-ft slalom, mph||71.1|
Only 300 Cobra R models were built - all on the same line of the Dearborn Assembly Plant producing the V6, GT, and Cobra Mustangs. The 2000 model is the third generation of the Cobra R, following the successful and still sought-after 1993 and 1995 Cobra R models.