2003 Ford Mustang Cobra Convertible 1 of 1095 Debuting in the
spring of 2002, the 2003 Cobra came with a supercharged, 32-valve
DOHC, 4.6-liter V8 engine rated at 390 hp (291 kW) and 390 lb�ft
(530 N�m) of torque.22 Code-named 'Terminator' by the SVT
development crew led by John Coletti,18:22 numerous improvements
were made to the powertrain and driveline to handle the power
increase from the previous model's set-up. A cast-iron block was
used, instead of the previous Teksid aluminum unit, with stronger
internals including Zollner pistons and forged Manley H-beam
connecting rods that were modified with a wrist pin oiling hole by
the SVT engineers.22 These upgrades were critical in order to
support the 8 psi (0.55 bar) of boost delivered from the stock
Eaton M-112 roots-type supercharger.22 Other improvements included
the use of a lightweight aluminum flywheel connected to a Tremec
T-56 six-speed transmission, 3.55:1 rear axle ratio, and stronger
31-spline halfshafts with revised upper and lower control arms.22
These modifications enabled the Cobra to go 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds
and do the quarter mile in 12.67 seconds at 110.11 mph.1:152
Although electronically-governed to a top speed of 153 mph, a
factory-stock Terminator Cobra can reach a top speed of just under
180 mph if the governor is removed. The 2003 Cobra boasted visual
and functional improvements designed by Camilo Pardo, the chief
designer of the 2005-2006 Ford GT supercar.18:24-5 These exterior
differences included a new front fascia with an integrated spoiler
and front brake air ducts, a new rear fascia with a black insert
which visually integrated the exhaust pipes, a composite hood with
dual functional heat extractors, newly designed side scoops, and
foldable side-view mirrors painted in the matching body
color.18:26-30 The side skirts were designed specifically for the
Terminator Cobra body kit, featuring a smooth body line from the
door to the bottom of the car.
2003 Ford Mustang
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