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2000 COBRA R MECUM offers Low-Mile Cobra R Up For Auction

Blasting through the Arizona desert, it seemed like a good idea to find out if the 2000 Cobra R could live up to its highly-touted top speed. Ford’s Special Vehicle Team engineers designed this R-model to hit 170 mph. It turns out, as your scribe witnessed, this ultra-limited rocket was up to the task and it did some with ease and stability.

With a snarling, naturally aspirated 5.4-liter engine under the hood, this Cobra R marked the end of a trinity of SVT Cobra Rs that began in 1993 and picked up again in 1995. Only 300 Cobra Rs from the year 2000 were sold, and number 52 is headed for the Mecum Auction ( www.mecum.com/lots/SC0520-414242/2000-ford-mustang-svt-cobra-r/ ) scheduled for June 23-28 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 2000 Mustang Cobra R is an ultra-rare performance machine, and number 52 of 300 is scheduled to hit the block at the Mecum Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana, which runs from June 23-28.

As with all 2000 Cobra Rs, this example is painted in Performance Red and features a Spartan interior highlighted by Recaro seats. It rides on a highly-tuned suspension, upgraded with Bilstein monotube dampers, Eibach springs, and more. Big Brembo brakes slow its roll, while BFGoodrich tires plant the 385 horsepower from its 7,000-rpm powerplant.

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.

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. To learn more, check out the Mecum Auction site.

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.
Ford SVT partnered with a number of aftermarket companies in the development of the Cobra R. For example Borla supplied the side-exit exhaust.

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.
Owners of non-SVT New Edge Mustangs often imitated the 2000 Cobra R’s unique front splitter, wheels, and rear wing.