The Ford Mustang Cobra – Big Changes in 2001
While the 1999 model of the Ford Cobra underwent some changes, it was not until 2001 that the big changes came about. From top to bottom, inside and out, the Ford Cobra got a face-lift. Formerly a Teksid, the engine block was changed to the Windsor Aluminum Plant, also known as the WAP block. A few 2001 models did receive the Teksid from the factory or as a replacement motor, but most come with the WAP. It should be noted that the WAP is considered to be weaker than the Teksid.
The 2001 also had newer revision cylinder heads, a 3650 tranny replaced the T-45, and the 28 splines in the IRS half shafts and differential were changed to 31 splines.
As far as aesthetics, the Cobra got a new rear bumper that read COBRA instead of the 1999 Cobra’s MUSTANG. The seats were made specifically for Cobra and were a combination of leather and alcantara inserts. The wheels were the same for the 1999 and the 2001, 17×8, but the 2001 model offered the option that same style wheel in a polished version. The spoiler was redesigned and the rear badge on the trunk lid no longer said “SVT Cobra,” it was shortened to simply “SVT.”
The CD player in the 2001 was upgraded to a snazzy 6-disc unit and the color of the odometer digits was changed slightly as well as the color of the instrument cluster lighting. The center console and trim were given a new design and the emergency brake received a leather boot to cover the hole in the console. The headlights were also changed. The chrome background was changed to black, leading to references such as smoked or tinted. These references have nothing to do with the lens, which are clear, but only to the background.
The Ford Cobra Mustang had yet another Cobra R produced in 2000. Only 300 were produced. This timeless classic powerhouse of a car is Ford’s pride and joy in terms of sleek beauty and awesome power.