This limited production 10th anniversary steed was, at the time, the most powerful production Mustang Ford had ever produced. Equipped with an M112 Eaton supercharger, the 4.6L DOHC modular engine produced a factory rated 390 horsepower – later revealed to have been underrated, making more like 430 horsepower. Code named the “Terminator” by SVT, this vehicle was built to remove all doubt as to who won the ponycar wars.
Both years of the SN95 2, or New Edge, Cobra Mustang shared the same drivetrain and other major features. Forged internal engine components and a reversion from aluminum to a cast iron block help ensure the bottom end can handle the boosted power. 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.
“We’ve had some pretty successful Mustangs, and specifically SVT Mustang Cobras,” said John Coletti, chief engineer for Ford SVT, “but the whole idea is to improve. That’s what we’re committed to, and the number-one thing our customers want is enhanced performance. The supercharged engine allowed us to go where we needed to go — to give our customers a whole lot more car than ever before.”
A TTC six speed manual transmission funnels power to the independant rear suspension (IRS) fitted with stronger 31 spline half-shaft axles and 3.55 gears. The “Terminator” Cobra gets a stiffer suspension compared to older versions, with Bilstein struts and upgraded rear pads.
For 2003, SVT produced a symbolic 2003 Cobra units. For the 10th anniversary, these Mustangs were available in both coupe and convertible versions and a few color choices – Oxford White Clearcoat, Ebony Clearcoat, Torch Red Clearcoat, Sonic Blue Clearcoat, Satin Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Mineral Grey Clearcoat Metallic, and Zinc Yellow Clearcoat. Anniversary badging, floormats, etc. adorned your choice of either a Medium Parchment or Medium Graphite interior along with a carbon fiber “look” for much of the trim.
For 2004, not much changed. A mystichrome paint scheme along with screaming yellow and competition orange paint was available as an option. SVT also did some minor exhaust work with the catalytic converters to improve fuel efficiency and get the gas guzzler tax removed that plagued the 2003 model.
2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Specifications
|Engine Displacement||4.6L 281cid DOHC Modular w/Eaton Supercharger|
|Horsepower||390 hp @ 6000 rpm|
|Torque||390 lbs.-ft. @ 3500 rpm|
|Transmission||Tremec T56 Six speed|
|Rear end||IRS 8.8″ 3.55:1 w/traction lock|
|Front||Modified Macpherson strut type with Bilstein struts, linear rate coil springs, and 29mm anti-roll bar|
|Rear||Multi-link independent with upper and lower control arms, linear rate coil springs, and 26mm anti-roll bar|
|Front||13.0 in. (330mm) vented Brembo disc, PBR twin-piston caliper|
|Rear||11.65 in. (296mm) vented disc, single-piston caliper|
|Anti-lock Brakes/Traction Control||Four wheel anti-lock with traction control standard|
|Wheels||17 x 9 in. 5-spoke cast aluminum|
|Tires||Goodyear™ Eagle F1, 275/40ZR-17|
|Other General Specifications|
|Weight||Coupe: 3665 Conv: more?|
“Every once in a while, a car comes along that really shakes up the status quo,” said Tom Scarpello, marketing and sales manager for Ford’s Special Vehicle Team. “Since the ’641/2 Mustang was launched, there have been a number of Mustangs that set the standard for performance when they were introduced. The 2003 SVT Cobra is the new benchmark, and proudly carries on the tradition of Mustang performance leadership.”