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

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 ( ) scheduled for June 23-28 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

2000 Cobra R side profile
Ford SVT partnered with a number of aftermarket companies in the development of the Cobra R. For example Borla supplied the side-exit exhaust.

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.

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

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.


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