Test Drive: 2004 Mustang Cobra

Stepping up to a 2004 Cobra is akin to finding yourself for the first time. Its bodywork isn’t much different from the 2004 Mustang GT, aside from a vented hood, big wheels, and an emblem of a snake on the front fender. It remains relatively docile looking, and if it this were an ordinary Mustang GT that may very well be understandable. Alas, this is no ordinary Mustang GT.

The 2004 Cobra is the king of the hill when it comes to Mustangs. The subtle visual differences aren’t what makes this apparent- it’s what’s underneath it all that counts. A 390 horsepower supercharged 4.6L V8 is a big part of it, as is the stiffer suspension and bigger brakes. The overall performance of the car, right down to the 6 speed transmission, is simply above and beyond that of a regular Mustang.

What it feels like to drive a 2004 Cobra

As one can imagine, the 2004 Cobra really gets going in a hurry. The supercharged V8 ignites with the kind of fury that only super-cars are known for, and it rockets the Cobra down the quarter mile in just under 12.3 seconds. If you’ve never been in a car that runs 12’s in the quarter mile there’s no other way to explain aside from one word: wow. This is not your parent’s minivan.

The gearbox is quick and precise, with first and second gears pretty much a wash under hard acceleration- too much torque will do nothing other than keep those tires spinning. For those that love power over-steer, well, here’s a car that can summon it pretty much on command.

Do You Need A 2004 SVT Cobra?

Well, no, of course you don’t. In fact, the 2004 Cobra may be a bit too much car for your average person. Its 390 horsepower engine has actually been shown to make around 420 horsepower- that much power on the street is formidable. As well, the supercharged engine requires premium unleaded, and its suspension is a bit stiff.

But, if you are daft and don’t mind taming a beast, the 2004 Cobra is king of the road- an awesome, tire squealing, neck wrenching, torque-injected king of the road. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.