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 Post subject: 1994-1998 Mustang (Fox-4 SN-95)
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1994-1998 Mustang (Fox-4 SN-95)
On October 15, 1993, Ford introduced the 1994 Mustang, which became the Fourth Generation of America’s iconic pony car. After a 15-year production run with the Fox-body, the Mustang was due for a makeover. This refresh included all-new bodywork, over 1,300 new parts (out of 1,850 parts), plus advancements such as ABS and major improvements in chassis stiffness. With the 1994 Mustang, Ford set out to, and achieved, dramatic improvements in ride, comfort, safety, appearance, reduction in NVH, and performance.

The 1994-98 Mustang retained much of the Fox’s underpinnings, such as rear suspension pick-up points and design, and a very similar front suspension. Ford also brought back many classic Mustang styling cues. Where the Fox was very square with sharp lines, the 1994 Mustang was more rounded with smoothly blended, clean-looking lines. It featured a molded front fascia with the running pony and flush-mounted headlamps, a long hood connecting to a sporty Coupe roofline, and long door coves that finished with traditional “C-scoops. ” Out back are horizontally laid tri-bar taillights. Overall, the 1994 Mustang measured 181. 5 inches in length, which is 2. 4 inches longer than the 1979 Fox Stang. Wheelbase was also increased about 1 inch, to 101. 3 inches.

This curvy 1994-1998 Mustang is dubbed SN-95, however, the technical term for the chassis is Fox-4. Base models got a 3. 8L 145 hp V6, gone was the 2. 3L four-cylinder. The two highest horsepower engines offered in this body style were the 1995 Cobra R 351 at 300 hp (only 250 produced) and the 305 hp SVT Cobra, available from 1996-1998. Meanwhile, the base GT was powered by a 215 hp 5. 0 in 1994 and 1995. All 1994-1998 Mustangs were available with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic with overdrive (save for the SVT Cobra models, which were only equipped with manual transmissions).
Mustang enthusiasts recognize that the SN-95 generation of 1994-1998 Mustangs, while heavier than the Fox-body models, showed a vast improvement with an updated body design and more upscale interior. The Fox-4 chassis shares many Fox attributes, including similar (but not identical) chassis and suspension. The SN-95 utilizes a wheelbase 1 inch longer and wider than the original Fox. This equaled improved handling and ride quality.

Even the 5. 0L engine, which appeared in 1994 and 1995, was altered with a revised (lower) intake manifold (said to clear the lower hood). In 1996 Ford introduced the modular V8 in Two-Valve and Four-Valve form to the Mustang world in 1996 and forever changed the dynamics of the engine. Aside from the styling changes, the 1994-1998 Mustang is also notable for being the last Mustang to be offered with a pushrod V8 engine. Gone was the popular 5. 0L H. O. —enter the 4. 6L modular powerplants.

Of course, the interior was a big hit with Mustang fans. Ford designed the new interior with a curved dash, in similar fashion to the 1969 Mustang.
Ford designed the new interior with a curved dash, in similar fashion to the 1969 Mustang. Driver and passenger seemed to have his or her own mini capsule, with a blended center stack and console connecting each side of the instrument panel. The seats left room for improvement, as you tended to sit on them, and not “in” them. Another first was the installation of 17-inch factory wheels. The base Mustang GT came with 16-inch wheels (with 225/55/16 Firestone Firehawk tires), 17-inch wheels (with 245/45/17 Goodyear Eagle GTs) were optional.

While the Mustang remained virtually unchanged for 1995, big changes made 1996 a monumental year. Stylistically, Ford added a new screen to the grille, vertical tail lamps, and the GT 4. 6 badge replaced the GT badge. Under the GT’s hood was now a 4. 6L V8 with overhead cams that packed the same 215 hp, despite have 21 less cubic inches. This did not sit well with enthusiasts initially, as the performance did not meet expectations.

Fortunately, Ford also introduced a DOHC version of the 4. 6L engine, which debuted in the 1996 SVT Cobra. This all-aluminum V8 produced 305 horsepower and lots of useable rpm.

Popular Models
• Mustang GT
• Mustang GTS
• SVT Cobra 1994-1995
• SVT Cobra R 1995
• SVT Cobra 1996-1998
• Saleen Mustang

V8 Engine Output Engine HP Torque
1994 3. 8L 145@4000 215@2500
1994 5. 0L 215@4200 285@3500
1994 SVT Cobra 5. 0L 240@4800 285@4000
1995 5. 0L 215@4200 285@3500
1996-1998 4. 6L 215@4400 285@3400
1996-1998 SVT Cobra 4. 6L 305@5800 300@4800

Fox-4 Mustang Features:
• First Mustang to get ABS
• First Mustang to get 17-inch wheels
• Standard 4-wheel disc brakes
• Last pushrod V8
• Last 351 Windsor engine
• First 4. 6L modular engine
• Affordable Performance
• Easy to work on for the DIY’ers
• Limitless modification possibilities
• Great for street or track
• Great for engine swaps

Typical Acceleration Performance
Model 0-60 Quarter-mile
1994 Mustang GT 6. 6 14. 9/94
1995 SVT Cobra 5. 7 13. 8/99
1995 SVT Cobra R 4. 9 12. 9/105
1996 Mustang GT 6. 4 14. 99/98
1996 SVT Cobra 5. 3 13. 35/105

Did you know? In 1995 Ford offered the GTS Mustang. This mimicked the 5. 0 LX Fox-body model, with many Mustang GT options, such as the 5. 0L engine, but with a basic V6 appearance and interior.

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