Ford had a pony car issue in 1993. The all-new SN95-generation Mustang was only a year away, but Ford had to have some kind of answer for the excellent fourth-generation Camaro and Firebird that had just debuted. Ford's solution? Hand the Mustang over to the Special Vehicle Team. As MotorWeek's John Davis explains, the result was pretty outstanding.
The 1993 Cobra was the final sendoff for Ford's long-running and incredibly important Fox-body Mustang. During its 15-year run, the advanced Fox platform helped restore the performance credentials Ford's pony car had lost in the 1970s, and proved to be a worthy adversary to the contemporary Camaro and Firebird.
The Cobra received some healthy upgrades over the regular Mustang—most notably, a 30-hp bump over the standard 5.0 model, to 235 hp. It also got disc brakes at all four corners—the standard car had rear drums—and a new suspension setup that, according to MotorWeek, made it the best-handling Mustang to date.
That extra power was enough to hold off the new GM F-Body twins, too. The Cobra's 5.6-second 0-60 mph run was half a second quicker than the all-new 1993 Pontiac Trans Am.
So in 1993, the Fox Body Mustang was old, but it definitely wasn't tired. Not one bit.