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eBay Excellence: 85-mile 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R -- 1 of 300 made!
For a burger less than $80,000, you can own one of the rarest Mustangs out on the concrete plains: The 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R. Go here for the eBay listing.
Before we could bask in the greatness that was the modern Ford Mustang GT350 and GT350R, there was another late-model track-horse from Ford: The 2000 SVT Cobra R. Even compared to the flat-plane wonder, the SVT Cobra R was a radical leap over the standard GT Mustang of the era.For those out of the know, the SVT Cobra R was a stripped down track tool. The radio and A/C weren't allowed back inside, regardless of the option package, and it came equipped with a race-ready fuel cell as well. That fuel cell also necessitated the side-exit exhaust, as it consumed the entire width of the undercarriage behind the axle.Ford only produced 300 units in 2000, easily making this the most desirable New Edge-generation Mustang to roll out of Ford.
Ford stuffed a four-valve, 5.4L Mod motor under the taller DIY extractor hood (if the stamped gills were cut out, you had factory aero), and gave it a six-speed stick. The Cobra R-spec 5.4L produced 385 hp, 120 more than the basic 4.6L Mustang GT. That was due in part thanks to the aforementioned side-exit pipes, which used a Basani X-pipe and Borla mufflers to soften the concussive engine note. Sound deadening was removed, and even the back seats were sacrificed for speed. Independent-rear-suspension (IRS) was introduced for the New-Edge Cobra, and while the softer Cobra street carhad mixed results, the more-focused Cobra R utilized the IRS to hold just over 1 G of available cornering grip -- super car stuff back then, and still fearsome by today' standards. 0-60 was accomplished in 4.4 seconds, with the quarter mile wrapping up in 12.9 seconds, according to Motor Trend.
The SVT Cobra R was just a one-year flash in the Mustang's history. It wasone of the rare times where the engineers were allowed to pop their knuckles, and massage the details, making Ford's pony car a Viper or Z06-fighter. And you could have any color you wanted, as long as it was Performance Red.
This particular car, no. 135 of 300, is a time capsule -- as these low-mile hoarder investments tend to be -- with the factory protective plastics covering every inch of interior wear surface, and the trunk is filled with the paperwork and decals that that would've arrived with your brand new $55,000 SVT Cobra R. Given the rate of inflation between Y2K and now, this particular Cobra R is priced just a few bucks above the original MSRP in 2016-dollars -- it's not a bad price given the rarity of the SVT Cobra R.