KJ Jones
March 1, 2013
Photos By: KJ Jones, Drew Phillips

1997 Ford Mustang Cobra

Chris Amarante owns the super-clean 72,977-mile 97 Cobra that were using in our second Bolt-On Battle. The Snake is completely original, right down to the production-dated spark-plug wires. Finding Chriss Cobra in such a stock form was a bit of a surprise, as most of the 96-98s we looked at were modified (extensively, in many cases). The first-generation modular Cobras carry a bit of a bad rep, especially among SVT faithful, based on their Four-Valve engines super-restrictive induction and B cylinder heads, which muster minimal torque on the low side but perform well in the upper register. The 96-98s B heads are better suited for power-adder-assisted race applications and actually are coveted by many NMRA competitors that use DOHC modular engines.

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On The Dyno

Baseline TB EXH CAI Tune Baseline vs. Tune
RPM HP TQ A/F HP TQ A/F HP TQ A/F HP TQ A/F HP TQ A/F HP TQ
4,000 208.44 273.69 11.29 204.74 268.82 11.27 204.10 267.99 11.33 199.75 262.28 13.88 211.72 277.99 12.90 3.28 4.30
4,500 233.58 272.63 11.38 230.76 269.34 11.21 230.41 268.93 11.29 229.19 267.50 14.06 239.32 279.32 13.17 5.74 6.69
5,000 256.99 269.95 11.42 255.07 267.93 11.31 254.03 266.84 11.41 251.16 263.82 14.26 265.75 279.15 13.20 8.76 9.20
5,500 265.65 253.68 11.33 265.03 253.08 11.26 265.69 253.72 11.35 266.53 254.52 14.07 279.30 266.71 13.11 13.65 13.03
6,000 261.24 228.68 11.39 263.63 230.77 11.33 262.97 230.20 11.32 266.53 233.31 13.94 278.81 244.06 13.08 17.57 15.38
6,500 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

1997 Cobra Parts List
1) BBK 62mm Throttle Body (PN 1705; $339.99)
2) Flowmaster After-Cat Exhaust System (PN 17212; $462.21)
3) JLT Ram Air Intake Kit (PN RAI2-FMC-9698; $259)
4) SCT SF3 Ford Flash Tuner (PN 3015; $380)