|Reviewed By||Dave Brownell|
|Price as Tested||$43,225|
Wail of supercharger as boost and revs climb; endless power and torque; well-spaced gear ratios in six-speed manual box; taut chassis rigidity (especially when considering this platform is 25 years old); leech-like grip from Goodyear Eagle F1s.
Thirsty for premium fuel even if you’re not burying the throttle; highly sprung shifter can lead to the wrong gear on quick shifts; heavy “old muscle car” feel to clutch; mediocre visibility with top up; apparently Ford still has some of that multi-hued paint left from 1996.
With a supercharged 390 horsepower V8, this final Fox-platform-based Mustang Cobra offers hair-raising acceleration in intermediate gears and begs you to break all sorts of traffic laws. But your biggest fear might be getting stopped by the fashion police—the optional $3,650 MystiChrome paint and interior treatment changes hue from green to blue to purple to black, but looks awful no matter which shade is showing.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
Nov 23, 2004