Savagegeese dissects the Cobra Terminator like nobody did before

The SVT Cobra Terminator was the end result of SVT boss John Coletti’s impression that the at-that-time new Mustang wasn’t quite up to the task performance-wise. So the 2002 Cobra R&D was sent from Team Mustang to Team SVT, and what came out, well, you know pretty darn well what came out.

This Terminator Will Not Be Back… Yet (Maybe)

Given the rate at which Ford is digging up revered nameplates slapping them onto SUVs - albeit all electric - or standalone brands - check out the new Bronco saga - one would be willing to bet the Cobra Terminator could make a comeback sooner rather than later.

So far, that haven’t been the case (thank God!), so let’s jolt our collective memory and take a look back to 2002, when the 2003 SVT Cobra Terminator came to the market with supercharged ambitions (engine, too) swinging around 390 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque like a pair of nunchucks handled by a 32-valve DOHC 4.6-liter V-8.

This 2003-2004 SVT Cobra Terminator Is the Car You Probably Forgot About
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2003-2004 SVT Cobra Terminator specifications
Engine 32-valve DOHC 4.6-liter V-8
Horsepower 390 HP
Torque 390 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 4.6 seconds
Quarter mile time 12.9 seconds
Quarter mile speed 112 mph

Obviously, the SVT Cobra’s speciality was straight-line rampage, as it could blaze from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. The quarter mile was conquered in 12.9 seconds at 112 mph and on top of that, reviews were raving about the muscle car’s neatly-calibrated chassis that brought the fun factor to the driving experience but also about its GT-esque nature during relaxed, high-speed cruising.

This 2003-2004 SVT Cobra Terminator Is the Car You Probably Forgot About
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Of course, this was far from a perfect car. A winding road tackled ecstatically was enough to unsettle the SVT Cobra, the stiff clutch would give your left thigh a monster workout, and the double-bubble interior oozed cheapness.

But enough with the talking. Have a seat and let the 20-minute clip walk you through what exactly made the Mustang SVT Cobra Terminator a cult car.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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