Why Buy A New Mustang GT When There's This 2000 SVT Cobra R Coupe For $55k

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And it has only 435 miles.

A brand new 2016 Ford Mustang GT costs at least $30,559. Check the box for several features and you'll soon find yourself over that $40k mark. Awesome car, only it's not a limited edition or anything special. But if you really want a high-performance Mustang, sometimes you need to look into the past rather than the present. Case in point: this 2000 Mustang Cobra SVT Cobra R Coupe. Limited to only 300 examples, the Cobra R is powered by a 5.4-liter V8 rated at 385 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque.

Hey, this was almost 16 years ago…give Ford a break on the output. In fact, not only was this V8 likely underrated, but it was also based (not identical) on the 5.4-liter block Ford used in its trucks at the time. So what made the SVT Cobra R unique from the 1999 and 2001 Cobra models? For starters, it featured what's called a "power dome" hood, which is taller than the typical Cobra hood. The rear spoiler is taller and wider than normal because it provides needed downforce at the track. Eibach springs lowered the car by 1.5 inches up front and one inch at the rear and there are Brembo 4-piston front brake calipers. Note that aggressive front splitter, dualside exhaust system, and unique five-spoke 18-inch wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich rubber.

Oh, and that engine is hand-built and mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. The interior was stripped of anything even resembling creature comforts; there isn't A/C, radio, cruise control, or a backseat. Recaro seats were fitted to the charcoal-only cabin. Top speed is an impressive 175 mph. Oh, and Jack Roush was involved with much of its fine tuning. So how much will one of these go for today? This one has only 435 original miles and can be yours for $55,000 on eBay. Photos courtesy of rroute66/eBay

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