Though not loved by all upon its release because of its racy looks, the 2000 “R” is now revered as one of the best engineered and most-sought-after Mustangs of all time. It has a commanding front splitter, unique bulbous hood, and rear wing that stands tall and proud. With 13-inch Brembo brakes up front, it required special 18-inch spoked wheels, which are now iconic and often imitated. Other notable standard equipment included a 20-gallon fuel cell, side exhaust, and special Eibach suspension.
About the photo: Even in completely stock trim, the 2000 Cobra R has a demanding presence both on and off the track. Essentially a street-legal race car, it also looks the part with its over-the-top aero.
Story by Marc Christ