The Ford Mustang was the original pony car. It invented the formula for a good looking, well proportioned vehicle with a powerful engine (packing plenty of torque, of course). The Mustang Cobra, introduced in 1993, once again raised the bar of what a pony car truly was.
The Mustang Cobra was a limited production run, with only 5,100 cars built during its first production year. Packing a Windsor 5.0L engine that produced 235 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs of torque, the Mustang Cobra of the time certainly doesn’t keep up to the namesake as it stands now, but at the time it was a powerful addition to the Mustang line-up.
Using the third-generation fox platform (the reason that Mustangs of that era were referred to as “Foxbody’s”), the Mustang Cobra had little exterior cues that separated it from a regular 5.0L GT. Different color options, such as red, black, and teal, were mated to a choice of either black or smoke interior colors (as well as optional leather). Cobra badges, including an emblem in the shape of a hissing King Cobras head, were added. Otherwise, there was very little to differentiate the two models- at least, this was the case initially.
Production ran from 1993 until 1999, and then again from 2001 until 2004. The latter generation Mustang Cobras are widely sought after due to several obvious differences: the new “edge” body style of the Mustang, more power from the 4.6L V8 (320 horsepower versus 235 in 1993 model year), new aggressive wheels, and a more potent drive train.
Sadly, the name “Mustang Cobra” currently does not lend itself to a car that is still in production. However, the legacy lives on among the enthusiasts who have come to love and appreciate the name and the machines it represents. On the streets, a Mustang Cobra is a potent adversary. At the drag strip, the Cobra is a legend.