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BELOW: Ford SVT partnered with a number of aftermarket companies in the development of the Cobra R. For example, Borla supplied the side-exit exhaust.
ABOVE: Under its hood is a 5.4-liter engine topped by Four-Valve cylinder heads proven on Ford’s Rough Rider off-road race trucks. Fed by a unique intake manifold it delivers 385 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque and revved to 7,000 rpm.
ABOVE: The Cobra R doesn’t have a radio or air conditioning. It is build for speed, so Ford left out anything that wasn’t necessity. Given its level of performance, supportive seats were a necessity. The cloth Recaros in the Cobra R would foreshadow the ready availability of Recaro seating in future Mustangs.
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These cars were the precursor of the modern performance Mustangs, and with only 480 miles on the clock, this example is a time capsule from a pivotal point in the progression of Mustang performance.

ABOVE: Owners of non-SVT New Edge Mustangs often imitated the 2000 Cobra R’s unique front splitter, wheels, and rear wing.
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When these cars first came out, they were the pinnacle of performance. While horsepower has continually increased, will these cars continue to hold their value and represent this era of performance, or will the world have moved on? Tell us your thoughts below! 

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