Is the fourth-generation Ford Mustang Cobra not quite enough of a performer for you? SVT decided not, and in 2000 pushed the limits of factory Mustang development with the Cobra R, a track-day monster that is can barely contain its punched-out 5.4-liter version of the standard Cobra engine under the power-bulged hood. SVT helped the big motor ingest air and fuel with revised intake manifolds, and exhaust gasses were accelerated out of the engine through larger valves and then into a freer-flowing “x-pipe” style dual exhaust system. The numbers speak for themselves—385 horsepower allow for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds, making it the fastest Mustang to leave the factory up to that time. Fast is only part of the story, because SVT also spent significant engineering time making the Cobra handle better, utilizing very stiff suspension and a large rear wing to keep the Cobra R planted—the car’s ability to pull nearly a full lateral G on the skidpad attests to the success of the suspension tune. Huge binders also allow the Cobra R to scrub speed before entering a turn, a necessary feature for a competition car. Overall, it’s a track-focused Mustang that has few rivals, then or now.
The 2000 Ford SVT Cobra R, also known as 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R and abbreviated as Ford Mustang '00, is a front-engined sports car that appears in all main Forza series titles except Forza Horizon. It appears in Forza Motorsport 7 as a Showcase reward.
The 2000 Ford SVT Cobra R uses a 5.4L (5,409 cc) naturally aspirated "Cobra" V8 engine with 385 hp (287 kW) and 385 ft·lb (522 N·m). SVT provided the revised intake manifolds, while the valves and a more free-flowing "x-pipe" style dual exhaust system were implemented to expel exhaust gases out of the engine.
The Cobra R has a very stiff suspension and a large rear wing to keep the car planted, allowing it to pull off nearly a full lateral G on the skidpad. 0-60 mph (97 km/h) is done in 4.4 seconds.
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