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1999 Ford SVT Cobra Mustang

1999 Cobra


The 1999 SVT Cobra Mustang platforms was built on a standard Mustang GT chassis as in previous years. However, this year would see the introduction of the IRS, ABS, and traction control. The motor would also receive a few more horsepower from a set of revised cylinder heads. When coupled with huge Brembo brakes front and rear the Cobra emerged as a true corner carving muscle car.

As in the previous three production years the Cobra Mustang used the 4.6 double overhead cam V8 motor. In 1999 the Cobra received a new set of cylinder heads and a few other minor changes which increased power output to 320hp. However, drag strip performance was only marginally better than the 260hp Mustang GT model due to severe flow restrictions in the intake and exhaust system by casting flash. For initiated a recall which includes new intake, computer program, and less restrictive mufflers. Following recalls the Cobra Mustang quarter mile times dropped from 14.0's to 13.50's. The forced recall for Ford was the first "black-eye" for SVT. Ford would choose to not release another standard Cobra model until 2001. Cobra Mustang fans were in for quite a surprise with the release of the race oriented 2000 Cobra R. Before the end of the 2000 year model Ford would sell 4040 Cobra's.

The exterior of the 1999 Cobra Mustang features small round fog lamps not found on the GT version, a small reverse scoop on the hood, and a grill pony emblem without the chrome bezel. Otherwise the Cobra is nearly identical to the standard Mustang GT version.

1999 Cobra Motor



Make and Model Cobra
Engine (standard)
Type:   4.6L 4V V-8
Displacement Type(cu. in.)   281
Compression Ratio   9.85:1
Bore and Stroke   3.6x3.6
Horsepower @ rpm   320 @ 6000 rpm
Torque (ft-lbs) @ rpm   317 lb.-ft. @ 4750 rpm
Transmission 5-Speed Manual (T45 Tremec)
Axle Ratio 3.27:1

1999 Cobra Wheel


Steering Mustang Cobra
Turns lock-to-lock 2.62
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft.) 38.1
Tires/Wheels (standard)
Tire size BFGoodrich™ Comp T/A 245/45ZR-17
Wheel size/type (standard) 17 x 8 in. 5-spoke forged aluminum
Front suspension (type) modified MacPherson strut
Rear suspension (type) Multi-link independent with upper and lower control arms, linear rate coil springs, and 26mm anti-roll bar
Springs, F/R **
Shock system gas-pressurized shocks
Stabilizer bar, front (in.) 28 mm tubular
Stabilizer bar, rear (in.) 26 mm solid


Front disc diameter (in) 13.0 Brembo vented  
Rear disc diameter (in) 11.65 inch Brembo vented  


Exterior Dimensions (in.)
Wheelbase 101.3 101.3
Overall length 183.2 183.2
Overall width 73.1 73.1
Track - front 60.4 59.9
Track - rear 60.6 60.1
Height (coupe) 53.1 53.1
Height (convertible) 53.2 53.2
Weight 3430 (coupe) 3560 (convertible


Interior Dimensions (in.)
Legroom, F/R 42.6/29.9 41.9 (man.) - 42.6 (auto.)/29.9
Headroom, F/R 38.1/35.5 38.1/35.5
Shoulder room, F/R 53.6/52.1 - 41.4 (convert) 53.6/52.1 - 41.4 (convert)
Hip room, F/R 52.3/47.4 - 41.0 (convert) 52.3/47.4 - 41.0 (convert)
Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.) 10.9 (coupe) 7.7 (convert) 10.9 (coupe) 7.7 (convert)
Pass. compart. volume (cu. ft.) 83.0 (coupe) N/A (convert) 83.0 (coupe) N/A (convert)
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 15.7 15.7

1999 Cobra




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