Before it was called Ford Performance, it was the Special Vehicle Team that made the company's most specialized performance cars. The last Mustang the SVT gang got a hold of was the Cobra, also known by its engineers as the "Terminator."
Aside from the exterior upgrades and wider stance, the SVT Mustang had a whole bunch of mechanical improvements that set it apart from the normal Mustang on the road. The most notable feature was the independant rear suspension, which allowed for greater individual wheel travel and more stability on rough surfaces. That, along with the 390-horsepower 4.6-liter supercharged V8, set it apart as a true sports car in a world of muscle machines.
Motorweek praised the car when it was new, demonstrating the car's impressive performance at Virginia International Raceway in 2003. This was the tail end of the SVT Cobra's production, when Ford retuned the suspension to be less floaty and more compliant. Check it out below.