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1996 SVT Mustang Cobra

1996 SVT Mustang Cobra 2

1996 SVT Mustang Cobra

The major change for the 1996 SVT Mustang Cobra was the move to a brand-new, unique powertrain, a hand-assembled, all-aluminum dual overhead cam (DOHC) 4.6-liter V-8 rated at 305 horsepower. With its high-revving characteristics, the Modular engine was worlds apart from the venerable 5.0 small-block and ushered the SVT Cobra into a new era of modern performance. The engine change brought about a 65-hp increase over the previous year, good for a 0-60 mph time of 5.9 seconds, the quarter-mile in 13.9 and a top speed of 152 mph. To enhance the exclusivity of the Cobra Coupe, a unique high-tech, color-shifting paint dubbed “Mystic” was offered, with a one-time run of just 2,000 “Mystic” Coupes produced.

Engine
Type: 90-degree, DOHC 32-Valve V-8
Displacement: 4.6L / 281 CID
Horsepower: 305 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 300 lbs.-ft. @ 4800 rpm
Bore x Stroke: 3.55 in. x 3.54 in.
Compression:  9.85:1

Suspension
Front: Modified MacPherson strut type with separate spring on lower arm, 400-505 lbs./in. linear-rate coil springs, 29mm stabilizer bar
Rear: Rigid axle, upper and lower trailing arms, two hydraulic links, 160-265 lbs./in. variable-rate coil springs, 27mm stabilizer bar

Brakes
Front: 13 in. vented disc, PBR twin-piston caliper
Rear: 11.65 in. vented disc, single-piston caliper
ABS: Bosch, three channel, four-sensor system

Wheels/Tires
Wheels: 17 x 8 in. 5-spoke cast aluminum
Tires: BFGoodrich Comp T/A P245/45ZR-17

Performance

0-60 mph: 5.9 seconds
60-0 mph braking: 127 feet
1/4-mile @ MPH: 13.99 seconds @ 101.6 mph

Production
Total Produced 10,003
Total Coupe Produced: 7,493
 - Black: 2,124
 - Mystic: 2,000
 - Laser Red: 1,940
 - White: 1,429
Total Convertible Produced: 2,510

 - Black: 1,054
 - Laser Red: 962
 - White: 494