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LMR's 1986 Fox Body Mustang SVO

Created by Tyler Rodriquez / 6 min read
Date Created: 6/8/2022
Last Updated: 12/13/2022

LMR's 1986 Ford Mustang SVO is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that was only made for three years. Follow along as we take a closer look at our 1986 SVO.

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As one of the most-popular special-edition Fox Body Mustangs, the SVO offered a completely different experience than your typical N/A Mustang. Powered by a 2.3L turbocharged engine, the SVO put down 175 horsepower when it was released in 1987 and with a few changes for the 1985 model year, it picked up an additional 230 horsepower, putting out 205 horsepower and 248lb-ft torque.


This Jalapeno Red 1986 SVO we have in our stable is just about all stock, with the exception of a 190 LPH fuel pump and a manual boost controller that is set at the factory 15lbs of boost. Taking a look at the SVO, you can tell some pretty obvious differences, however, under the hood and body of the car, there were many changes not visible at first glance.


SVO Differences

While the SVO looked somewhat similar to the Mustangs of its time, there were quite a few key differences and specs:
  • 15:1 Ratio Power-Assisted Rack & Pinion Steering System
  • Limited Slip 3.45 7.5" Traction-Lok (1984)
  • Limited Slip 3.73 7.5" Traction-Lok (1985-1986)
  • Venitlated 4 Wheel Disc Brake System (Sourced From Continental Mark VII)
  • Specialty Designed Pedals Used To Aid Heel/Toe Shifting
  • Complete Koni Suspension (Adjustable Struts and Adjustable Shocks)
  • 5 Lug Axles/Hubs
  • 5 Lug 16x7" Aluminum Wheels with Goodyear tires
  • Adjustable Sport Seats With Lumbar Supports (Leather or Cloth Only In Charcoal Gray)
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Suede Effect Dash Panels
  • Unique Cloth Material For Door Panels
  • 140 MPH Speedometer (No Numbers Past 85mph)
  • 18psi Boost Gauge
  • Fender Flares/Spats
  • Unique Sail Panels
  • Tail Lights (93 SVT Cobra)
  • Unique Headlights
  • Wrap Around Front Facia
  • Narrow Body Side Moldings
  • Unique Hood w/ Functional Hood Scoop
  • Biplane Wing Rear Spoiler

SVO Specs

  • Turbocharged & Intercooled SOHC 2.3L 4 Cylinder Engine
  • Bore: 96mm
  • Stroke: 79.4mm
  • Horsepower: 175hp/205hp
  • Torque: 210tq/248tq
  • Front: Koni Adjustable Struts/Coil Springs/30.5mm Anti-Roll Bar
  • Rear: Solid Axle,Limited Slip 3.45(1984)/3.73(1985-1986) 7.5" Traction-Lok
  • Front: 10.9" Vented Disc
  • Rear: 11.25" Vented Disc
  • 0-60 MPH - 7.7 Seconds
  • 1/4-Mile @ MPH - 15.8 Sec @ 89mph

Source - | Ford

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History Of The Mustang SVO

The SVO Mustang was first debuted as a prototype in 1982 at an endurance race and later released as a production car from 1984-1986!

How Much Power Will A 1986 SVO Fox Body Mustang Make?

Check out LMR's dyno of our popular 1986 SVO Fox Body Mustang! You might be surprised by the results from this Jalapeno Red SVO.

SVO Ball Joint and Control Arm Alternative Replacement Options

For years, SVO owners were left with costly NOS parts to service their ball joints for an OEM control arm. Follow along in the article below, and we will show you an easy way to get your SVO back on the road.

LMR's 1986 Fox Body Mustang SVO

LMR's 1986 Ford Mustang SVO is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that was only made for three years. Follow along as we take a closer look at our 1986 SVO.

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How Much Power Does A 1986 SVO Fox Body Mustang Make?

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Published on 2020-03-26
We decided to switch gears from a V8 and dyno our bone stock, 1986 SVO Fox Body Mustang. So follow along to find out how much power this 4-cylinder Fox really makes!

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Tyler has written content for Late Model Restoration for nearly 8 years, producing over 300 articles. As an avid New Edge fan, Tyler has owned 4 2004 Mustangs and an 88 Convertible Fox Body. Read more...