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 Post subject: 1999-2004 Ford Mustang
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1999-2004 Ford Mustang

In 1999, the Mustang turned 35 years old and Ford gave enthusiasts a newly skinned SN-95 platform, adding an entirely new body, plus improves in performance, safety, and ergonomics. Edgy lines adorned the Mustang, which was a huge departure from the soft, curvaceous (1994-1998) predecessor. And with this, the latest pony was dubbed the "New-Edge” Mustang. Each ’99 Mustang was adorned with unique "35th Anniversary” emblem.

What really excited enthusiasts was the enhanced modular 4. 6L V8 engine. Ford bumped horsepower to 260 on the GT (the 3. 8L V6 gained 10 hp), which put the Mustang back in the 13s in quarter-mile performance. The extra grunt came from Power Improved (PI) heads and intake, coil-on-plug coils, and exhaust mods including 3-inch exhaust tips on the GT.

The exterior remained distinctly "Mustang,” actually its shape was not dissimilar to the 1998 Mustang, but the lines were clearly sharpened. Front and center was a running pony wrapped in a shiny corral, and the headlights were now much more aggressive. Accent bodylines mimicked a "C” but it was widened vertically, and a faux scoop was attached to the quarter-panel (as well as the hood). Vertical taillights remained, but the tri-bar design was more defined. A new "GT” badge could be found on the fenders of V8 models.

Ford enhanced the chassis by raising the drive tunnel slightly to allow for and extra 1 ½-inches of suspension travel, ABS was optional on base models, and taller drivers were accommodated with a longer seat track. Ford also produced 5,000 special-edition models, which cost $2,695 over the price of a GT.

There was a variety of color and options between 1999-2004, but the major components including the 3.8L V6 and the 4.6L V8 remained virtually unchanged during the production run (Ford changed to a 3.9L V6 halfway through 2004). Today, the 4.6L GT provides excellent entry-level performance car at an amazing value. Most can be found in great shape, and these models are easily upgraded thanks to full aftermarket support.

1999-2001 SVT Cobra
Those seeking extra performance could opt for the SVT Cobra, powered with a 320 horsepower DOHC naturally aspirated engine. For the first time ever, the Mustang was factory equipped with an IRS (independent rear suspension), which added about 80 lbs. to the car. SVT engineered the IRS to bolt into the existing Fox-4 (SN-95) chassis, which was no easy task considering the base Fox chassis was designed in the late 1970s. Nevertheless, many enjoyed the improved handling characteristics offered by the IRS, which reduced sprung weight by over 100 lbs. While handling was improved, straight-line acceleration suffered, mainly due to the 80-lb increase of the IRS.

Ford gave the engine more "go” by changing the intake manifold and combustion chamber, which resulted in a 15 horsepower increase (now 320). Unfortunately, real-world performance fell short of the claims. Ford reacted by pulling all unsold Cobras off lots on August 6th, 1999 and it recalled sold models. The fix was a revised intake manifold, new computer program, and exhaust upgrade from the catalytic converters to the tail pipes. There were no Cobras produced in 2000—well—at least no "regular” Cobras.

The void was filled by the 2000 SVT Cobra R, of which 300 were built. This special-production racer was powered by a 385 horsepower 5.4 DOHC modular engine with free-flowing heads and a unique intake manifold. The 2000 R is unmistakable due to its slatted, power dome hood, removable front splitter, tall rear wing, and Performance Red paint. The "R” also wore gorgeous 5-spoke wheels (with BF Goodrich G-Force KD tires), had a 21-gallon fuel cell, and a smooth-shifting a Tremec 6-speed, backed by a beefed IRS with 3. 55 gears. The suspension was improved with Eibach springs, and braking was handled by Brembo binders. This translated into 1. 0g handling with a balance that had a touch of oversteer.

The interior of the Cobra R was all business. Like the R-model Mustangs preceding it, the 2000 had no back seat, and no air conditioning, and no radio. Driver and passenger sat in amazing Recaro cloth chairs—and while there was no radio, you could listen to the sweet sounds of power at 6,500-rpm through the side-exit exhaust audio system. Shifting was handled by a B&M shifter, and the steering wheel was wrapped extra thick by Ford Racing.

Upon its return, the 2001 SVT Cobra did indeed meet the 320 horsepower number, and performance was about a half-second quicker in the quarter-mile than the 1999 model. The 2001 received 31-spline axles, the T45 was replaced with the Tremec 3650, the sporty seats sported a combination of Alcantara and leather, and the engine now used a WAP (Windsor Engine Plant) block in place of the Teksid model that is said to be stronger. There were other small changes to the rear spoiler, and to the rear badges.

2003-2004 Terminator
SVE/SVT godfather O. John Coletti was clearly not happy about the 1999 Cobra. In bold fashion, he essentially demanded that his team over-achieve with the 2003 model. As you know, the 2003 SVT "Terminator” Cobra did not disappoint.

In an unprecedented move, SVT turned to the classic hot rodding book, adding a supercharger to the mix, just as it did with the 1999 Ford SVT Lightning F-150. Ford also switched to a steel block, and stuffed it with steel connecting rods (sourced from Manley), forged pistons, and they topped the "Terminator” powerplant with an Eaton M112 supercharger producing about 8 psi. On paper, the Cobra was rated at 390 horsepower (and 390 lb-ft of torque), but the boosted 4. 6L DOHC actually produced closer to 425 horsepower at the crank.

The beast of an engine was backed with a sturdy Tremec T56 6-speed transmission and 3. 55 gears in the 8. 8. The IRS was upgraded with 31-spine axles to handle the extra torque. Many consider the 2003-2004 SVT Cobras to be the most attractive of all the New Edge Mustangs, thanks to its dual-vented hood, smooth lower fascia that incorporates driving lamps, smooth rocker skirts, and the molded rear spoiler and the "COBRA” embossed rear fascia. There were also great color choices, such as Sonic Blue, Zinc Yellow, Black, Oxford White, Dark Shadow Gray, Mineral Gray, Torch Red, Satin Silver, Silver Metallic, and Redfire.

Unlike any late-model Mustang before it, the SVT Cobra’s "built” long-block allowed massive power upgrades to the engine. Drag racers ran well into the 9s using a virtually stock engine and road racers loved the instant, big, fat torque curve. Amazingly, the Terminator was only a precursor of greater engines to come from Ford.

Changes for 2004 are minor, but include hot new colors such as Screaming Yellow, Competition Orange and Mystichrome, which was different than the Mystic, found on 1996 Cobras. A total of 19,140 SVT Cobras were built between 2003-2004.

2001 Bullitt
Built as a special-edition in 2001, the Bullitt Mustang paid homage to Steve McQueen and his 1968 Ford Mustang used in the 1968 movie Bullitt. In the film, McQueen plays Lt. Frank Bullitt who drives a Dark Highland Green 390 Mustang GT. Bullitt is most famous for the 10 minute and 53 second chase scene between the Mustang and the 1968 Dodge Charger.
Bullitt is most famous for the 10 minute and 53 second chase scene between the Mustang and the 1968 Dodge Charger.

To replicate the movie Mustang, Ford added a retro font to the gauges, vertical stitching on the high-back buckets, an aluminum shifter ball (and shifter boot bezel), and aluminum trim to the pedals. Most of the ’01 Bullitt Mustangs were Dark Highland Green, but Ford also offered Black and True Blue as an option. And each of the special models got a Bullitt wheel package with red brake calipers. Ford enhanced power with a unique aluminum intake manifold that helped the 4. 6L produce five extra horsepower, which was disappointing to enthusiasts, as they expected more.

2003-2004 Mach 1
Mach 1 is a name synonymous with the Mustang. It appeared in 1969 as an appearance and performance package and continued until 1978 with the Mustang II. Ford re-introduced the Mach 1 in 2003 on the heels of the 2001 Bullitt. More than just an appearance package, the 2003 (and 2004) Mustang Mach 1 was a tremendous performer that struck a chord with enthusiasts. The heart of the Mach 1 was a DOHC (dual-overhead cam) 4. 6L engine producing 305 horsepower at 5,800 rpm. Other features included a functional Shaker hood scoop, Magnum 500-style wheels, and a retro paint/decal scheme.

The 2003 Mach 1 was offered with special colors such as Azure Blue, along with Black, Oxford White, Torch Red, Dark Shadow Gray Metallic, and Zinc Yellow. In 2004 Ford added Competition Orange and Screaming Yellow replaced Zinc Yellow. With a sharp-looking semi-gloss decal package that set it apart from the Bullitt and the GT, Mach 1 Mustang stand out in a crowd.

Best of all, the Mach 1 fit neatly between the 260-hp GT and the 390-hp SVT Cobra. It provided a sporty ride with an enhanced suspension, unique styling, and provided a taste of retro. The Mach 1 could be ordered with an automatic, which was the First time Ford put an auto behind a DOHC engine in a Mustang. Other notables included: 10. 0:1 compression, 3. 55 gears, and aluminum block.

Popular Models
• Mustang GT
• SVT Cobra
• Mach 1
• Bullitt
• Roush Stage 1, 2, 3
• Saleen S-281
• Steeda

Ford Mustang Engine Output 1999-2004
Year Engine hp torque
1999 Mustang V6 3. 8L 190@5250 225@3000
1999 Mustang GT* 4. 6L 260@5250 302@4000
1999 SVT Cobra (DOHC) 4. 6L 320@6000 317@4750
2000 SVT Cobra R 5. 4L 385@5700 385@4500
2001 Mustang V6 3. 8L 193@5500 225@2800
2001 Bullitt 4. 6L 265@5000 305@4000
2001 SVT Cobra 4. 6L 320@6000 317@4750
2003 SVT Cobra (DOHC)** 4. 6L 390@6000 390@3500
2003 Mach 1 (DOHC) 4. 6L 305@5800 320@4250

Mustang Transmissions
5-speed T45 manual (1999)
5-speed 3650 manual (2001)
6-speed T56 manual (2003-2004 SVT Cobra)
4-speed 4R70W Automatic

* denotes all 1999-2004 4. 6L Mustang GT
** 4. 6L Dual-Overhead Cam Supercharged

New Edge Mustang Features:
• Affordable Performance
• Easy to work on for the DIY’ers
• Limitless modification possibilities
• Great for street or track
• Great for engine swaps
• IRS on 1999-2004 SVT Cobra models

Typical Acceleration Performance
Model 0-60 Quarter-mile
1999-04 Mustang GT 5. 4 13. 70/101 mph*
1999 SVT Cobra 5. 3 13. 82/101 mph*
2000 Cobra R 4. 4 12. 38/110 mph*
2001 SVT Cobra 5. 3 13. 34/104 mph*
2001 Bullitt 5. 4 13. 91/85 mph*
2003 SVT Cobra 4. 4 12. 43/113 mph*
2003-04 Mach 1** 5 13. 15/105 mph*

** 5-speed manual

Did you know: Ford produced a total of just 250 1995 Cobra R Mustangs (all white with a Saddle cloth interior) and there were 300 2000 Cobra R Mustangs built.

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