The existing Shelby GT500 and GT350 have proved that the Ford Mustang is much more than just a level-and-shoot muscle automobile. They are not Ford’s initial attempts at a contemporary, track-targeted Mustang, even though. The 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R predicted today’s Shelby designs, and now a pristine illustration is heading to auction. Exhibiting just 480 miles, the automobile is scheduled to cross the block at Mecum’s Indianapolis auction. The dates for the auction are June 23-28.
The 2000 model was the final of 3 constrained-edition Mustangs to dress in the Cobra R badge. This model was also the only Mustang Cobra accessible in 2000, as the regular Cobra was on a one particular-yr hiatus, Mecum mentioned. The automobile heading to auction is quantity 52 of 300 constructed.
The SVT Cobra R has a five.four-liter V8 creating 385 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque, which is channeled to the rear wheels by way of a Tremec T56 six-pace guide transmission. The engine breathes by way of a Borla side exhaust.
2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R (Photograph by Mecum)
The Cobra R also characteristics independent rear suspension, which is amazing as it was launched at a time when the regular Mustang nevertheless had a reliable axle. Eibach springs, Bilstein shocks and struts, and Brembo brakes are employed to guarantee the Cobra R can flip corners as nicely as accelerate. Comparable to the existing GT350R, Ford eradicated the radio, air conditioning, and rear seats to maintain bodyweight down. The regular Mustang front seats had been also swapped for Recaro buckets.
It is simple to spot a 2000 Cobra R thanks to the huge rear wing and ground-scraping front bumper, which contains a removable splitter. All autos also come in the very same shade of red paint.
Mecum did not publish a pre-auction estimate for this 480-mile automobile, but in 2016 a practically-new Cobra R with 85 miles on the odometer was provided for sale at $79,995.