Beneath the hood, each the 1993 Mustang SVT Cobra and Cobra R used the identical 5.0 liter V8 engine block as common V8-equipped Mustangs, however with a wholesome sprinkling of efficiency components from Ford Motorsport (now Ford Racing) together with the consumption manifold, throttle physique, cylinder heads, and a bespoke camshaft from Crane. Ford rated the Cobra R’s engine at 235 horsepower and 280 lbs-ft torque, a 30 horsepower acquire over the usual 5.0 liter V8.
Mustang fans have lengthy suspected that horsepower ranking was extraordinarily conservative given all of the pace components concerned and certainly, their suspicions have been confirmed appropriate in a 2020 dyno take a look at. The precise end result was extra like 255 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque.
Highway and Observe recorded a zero to 60 mpg time of 5.7 seconds on its approach to a 14.3-second standing quarter mile. Spectacular stats for the Nineties, however the Cobra R was about extra than simply going quick in a straight line. The suspension had Koni adjustable shocks and struts, beefier sway bars, and chassis stiffening. Sharp-eyed readers may discover that wheels look acquainted. That is as a result of Ford previewed the wheels from the upcoming fourth-generation 1994 Mustang GT, doubtless chosen for his or her sturdy 5-lug bolt sample, whereas most third-gen Mustangs used a wimpy 4-lug setup.
Beneath these black-painted SN-95 wheels are a set of four-wheel disc brakes (common Mustangs had rear drums) with vented rotors, sized 13 inches in entrance and 10.5 inches on the rear. The braking system is claimed to have value over $2,000 — the “most costly brakes ever fitted to a [production] Mustang” on the time, in keeping with a Ford govt engineer who talked to LMR.