Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
February 1, 2005

Horse Sense: The Cervini's Cobra R front fascia is a complete Cobra bumper cover and R-spec chin spoiler molded into one piece. This allows you to upgrade a V-6 or GT to the look of the Cobra with the R chin spoiler in one step. If you want the realistic, concours look of a removable chin spoiler (as on the real R model), you can add Dzus fasteners to the fascia.

While working on our plans to make our new project car achieve 1g of acceleration, 1g of braking, and 1g of handling, we quickly realized our GT had to look the part as well. Sure, there's something to be said for the stock sleeper appearance, but this is a magazine project, and the car needs to turn heads at 50 yards away. We came up with all sorts of ideas-custom paint, body kits, one-off body modifications. They ran the gamut from one end of the spectrum to the other. But we kept coming back to one thing-the look of the 2000 Cobra R.

Collectively we agreed that the look Ford brought to the table was clean yet distinctive, and there was just enough change to make it work on any '99-and-newer Mustang without spending your college tuition on the conversion. We had only one problem. How do we get our hands on the Cobra R-specific items to make our dream ride come true?

Ford Racing Performance Parts offered the Cobra R wheels from the 2000, but the only way to get any of the R-specific body parts is through a dealer with the verification of an actual Cobra R VIN (at press time, FRPP offers the wing, the air dam, and the hood). We've heard of a few shops and some lucky individuals who somehow got R-model parts, but we didn't have the time to dog paddle through a sea of red tape to score such items. Just as we were about to give up and do the typicalcowl-hood/big-wing look, we called Cervini's Auto Designs.

What you see here is actually the first hood, wing, and front fascia from Cervini's in its new Cobra R product line. The front fascia (PN 362) and the hood (PN 154) retail for $399 each, while the wing (PN 221) will set you back another $289 (but you have to have it for the look, right?). As these were some of the first production pieces from Cervini's, we were ready to accept some minor tweaking and fit problems, but these parts practically fell on the car (as Cervini's products usually do) and required no modifications to fit up to our '01 GT.

We had the look we wanted. A call to FRPP for the aforementioned Cobra R wheels, some emblems, and billet items, along with a fresh coat of Zinc Yellow from Xtreme Custom Paint & Body, were all we needed to achieve the results you see here.

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