It isn’t every day that a performance car so awesome comes around that its given an equally fantastic nickname. The 2003 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra, called “the Terminator” by its fans and benefactors, came loaded with blistering performance and smile-inducing specifications right out of the box.
Plenty of Horsepower and Torque
The 2003 Cobra produced an astonishing 390 horsepower and 390ft-lbs of torque, making it the most powerful Ford Mustang that was factory produced. The Steeda Q400 produced roughly 400 horsepower, and the Saleen S281 produced roughly 425 horsepower. The 2003 Cobra, however, was the hardcore Mustang for those who didn’t want to go too hardcore.
Unlike the Saleen S281 or Steeda Q400, the ’03 Cobra retained just enough civility to remain street-able for just about anyone. Though it required premium fuel, and a quick twitch of your right foot could send the rear tires up in smoke in nearly any gear at any engine speed, it was able to be docile and calm when necessary.
Strong Value and Re-sale
Due to the massive curb appeal of the 2003 Cobra, demand was huge. Big 5-spoke rims, a vented hood, and Cobra badging let the world know that this was no ordinary Mustang. The exhaust (which bellowed out a V8 rumble) made it known that this Mustang was in charge of the road- it had an exhaust note that you could feel.
Due to its relative rarity and massive performance potential, the 2003 Mustang Cobra has retained its value quite well when compared to standard Mustang GTs. Owners are reluctant to let these stallions go, and buyers are seemingly willing to pay handsomely for them. One thing is for sure: if you ever own one of these epic Mustangs you will not be disappointed.