Top Mustangs - 2000 SVT Cobra R

March 17th, 2021 Chris Phillip
Top Mustangs - 2000 SVT Cobra R
When Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) was in its heyday, John Coletti pushed his team to push the envelope with design and engineering. Push they did when the 2000 Cobra R was introduced with a 385-hp 5.4L DOHC modular engine—the fastest Mustang ever produced at the time. Only 300 were made, and all were Performance Red coupes with Charcoal interior with Recaro buckets, a T-56 six-speed manual transmission, and an independent rear suspension with 3.55 gears. But it’s what the 2000 “R” wasn’t equipped with that makes it special—no A/C, no radio, and no cruise control. This car was built for the open track and it meant business.

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