2001 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2001 Ford Mustang - Road Test Specs

2001 Ford Mustang Coupe

(4.6L V8 5-speed Manual)


Model year2001
ModelMustang SVT Cobra
StyleSVT Cobra 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$29,205
As-tested MSRP$29,825


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4.6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)320 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)317 @ 4,750
Transmission typeFive-speed manual


Suspension, frontModified MacPherson strut, with stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent w/upper and lower control arms
Steering typePower-assisted, rack-and-pinion
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle ZR45
Tire size, front245/45ZR17
Tire size, rear245/45ZR17
Brakes, frontPower four-wheel disc w/ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.6
0-60 mph (sec.)5.5
0-75 mph (sec.)7.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.0@101.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)37.9
@ Full throttle (dB)82
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)80

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsFor all of you SVT Cobra fans wanting to write in, let us first state that we did indeed get the Cobra into the 13s. We got a best time of 13.97 in the quarter-mile, but when rounding off to the nearest tenth, we had to call it a 14.0. Also keep in mind that we do not test at a dragstrip, which would offer a superior surface to the airport runway we conduct our testing on. One other interesting factor in the times we generated was that just before we got our Cobra loan, Ford decided that the tires were worn out and required replacement. When we got the SVT it was equipped with brand-spanking-new Goodyear Eagle ZR45s instead of the much stickier BFGoodrich Comp TAs that it normally had. Apparently the BFGs have been discontinued. Our best run was the third one with the traction control on and our driver short-shifting it at 6,600 rpm, instead of the 6,800 redline or the 7,000 fuel cut off.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsWe did generate some very good braking numbers with the SVT Cobra, although we also got some interesting side effects. Since Ford has no room under the hood for a conventional vacuum-boost brake system, it uses a hydra-boost system that comes equipped with its own strange little noises while in operation. Not bad noises, just different. We had very little nosedive and good stability, but with some inconsistencies in performance. Our first braking run was the best, but on our second, we got the worst distance of the four trials. We added an additonal 8.45 feet from 60 miles per hour. On the third run, we were back down into the high 120-foot range and we stayed there for the fourth and final run, which ended up being our second best.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsBrand new tires never have very good grip due to tread squirm and a small amount of oil left over from the production of the tire. With so much depth to the tread blocks, they tend to move around a lot. We got some decent numbers but had expected much better. Should we be blaming the new tires again or is the SVT Cobra just not as good as the previously tested Cobra R or the recently tested Mustang GT Bullitt? We used third gear and had the traction control switched off for our quickest runs. With the Cobra R, we got a 6.04 second run through the cones, and in a recent comparison test we got the Bullitt through at 6.18, so the best run of 6.45 seconds with the non-R Cobra is disappointing, especially since all of these cars are of the same lineage. That's a huge difference in times and translates into 4.3 miles per hour slower than the "R" version. — Neil G. Chirico

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)70
Wind (mph, direction)0 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto / Manual 18/25
Edmunds observed (mpg)15
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.7

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,430
Length (in.)183.5
Width (in.)73.1
Height (in.)53.2
Wheelbase (in.)101.3
Legroom, front (in.)41.8
Legroom, rear (in.)29.9
Headroom, front (in.)38.1
Headroom, rear (in.)35.5
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)10.9


Corrosion5-year/unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance3-year/36,000-mile
Free scheduled maintenanceNo


Front airbagsYes
Side airbagsNo
Head airbagsNo
Antilock brakesYes
Traction controlYes
Stability controlNo
Rollover protectionN/A
Emergency assistance systemNo

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