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1997 SVT Mustang Cobra

1997 SVT Mustang Cobra 2

1997 SVT Mustang Cobra

Demand for the 305-horsepower SVT Cobra remained high in 1997, especially for convertibles, so SVT shifted more of its build mix towards the Cobra droptop with production now topping 3,000 units. Pacific Green was added as a color option. As a running mid-year change, the Cobra’s engine signature sticker was replaced with a more durable metallic plate, with signatures of the two-man assembly team die-stamped onto the SVT engine plate.

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 10,049
Total Coupe Produced: 3,961
 - Black: 2,369
 - Rio Red: 1,994
 - White: 1,543
 - Pacific Green: 1,055
Total Convertible Produced: 3,088

 - Black: 1,180
 - Rio Red: 925
 - White: 606
 - Pacific Green: 377