All 240 hp of it.
The best factory-built Ford Mustang you could buy cost about $24,000 in 1994. Today, well, the best Mustang out there costs an awful lot more. The 1994 Mustang SVT Cobra was for those who didn’t feel the standard V8 Mustang GT was good enough to satisfy their muscle car cravings. But back then Ford wasn’t willing to just let any dealership sell its ultimate Mustang. No, only 720 dealers nationwide were permitted to sell the SVT Cobra.
Powered by a 4.9-liter V8 with –get this – 240 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque (a 25 hp increase over the GT), the sole transmission was a five-speed manual. Hey, remember, it was the 90s, and this was all quite impressive back then.
Tipping the scales at around 3,400 pounds, the SVT Cobra made the sprint to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, the quarter-mile in 14.7 seconds at 96 mph, and a drag limited top speed of 137 mph. Compared to the standard Mustang GT, the SVT Cobra featured special polished five-spoke wheels, Cobra badges inside and out, white-faced gauges and a few other unique touches. Motor Week regularly posts retro reviews and watching this Mustang SVT Cobra is a clear reminder of just how far performance and power has come in muscle cars over the past 20 years or so.