If you were a Mustang fan in 1995 and you wanted the best that Ford had to offer, you wanted the Cobra R! Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) had great success with their stripped down 1993 Cobra R so they continued the trend and reached for the sky! This race oriented beast was also a stripped down version of the Cobra but here is where the engineers at SVT distanced themselves from the competition! This article will cover the details of this rare venom-fed pony!
The legionary 5.0L engine was replaced with a 351 cubic-inch Windsor pumped up to 300 Horsepower! The Cobra R was also equipped with a 20 gallon Fuel Cell and an upgraded two-row aluminum radiator. In addition, SVT installed an oil cooler and a water-to-air power steering cooler. Duct work was put in place where the fog lights were to get cool air to the large 13” front brakes! Ford also installed thicker sway bars in the front and the rear for better handling when racing this Cobra like it was made to do. The standard T-5 Transmission was replaced with the stronger Tremec TR-3550. With the changes SVT made to the Cobra, the R variant was nearly 7 MPH faster and a full second quicker in the Quarter Mile according to a Motortrend test. The top of the line Snake also generated a tick just under 1g in lateral grip at 0.96g. For comparison sake, the 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca had a lateral grip of 1.01g. The Cobra R was and is pretty special!Interior and Exterior
Of the 250 Cobra R’s produced, all came with Black/Saddle Tan two-tone interior with Cloth Seats. To save weight, the back seat, radio, air conditioner, power seat/windows, and fog lights were all removed. Even most of the sound deadening material was removed! Why? Because racecar! These subtractions accounted for approximately a 30 lbs. diet compared to the 5.0L Cobra cars.
For the Exterior, it mainly remained unchanged from the standard Cobra with the exception of the iconic center-tiered fiberglass hood. It was not just for looks but was required to clear the larger 351W engine. SVT also fitted the Cobra R with unique 5-spoke wheels with a special center cap that featured a Silver Snake wrapped around a bright red “R” logo.