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1998 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Convertible   (SOLD!)   SPECIFICATIONS
 
Home Page This 1998 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra convertible was my first collector car. I bought "TOP GEAR" in 2003; as a 5-year-old, low-mile, all-stock car and owned it through 2004. I mildly modified the car with appearance and performance items. At Mustang shows, it received honours from entrants and judges: winning Gold, 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place awards for its flawless condition and superb appearance.

SVT Cobras are limited-edition cars. This one is number 721 of 3,480 convertibles, and 1 of 484 made with Laser Red Tinted Clearcoat exterior, Saddle leather interior, and Saddle convertible top. The unique, 32-valve, 4-camshaft, 305-horsepower, SVT Cobra engines were hand-assembled by two-person teams at the Ford Romeo Engine Plant in Romeo, Michigan. Engines were signed by their builders via engraved valve cover plaques.

Specifications below . . .

1998 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, Laser Red  
1998 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, Laser Red  
1998 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, Laser Red  
1998 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, Laser Red  
1998 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Specifications

Ford brochure printed Aug 1997:  "Product Changes: Following publication of this data, certain changes in standard equipment, options, prices and the like, or product delays, may have occurred which would not be included in these pages. Your Ford Dealer reserves the right to change product specifications at any time without incurring obligations."

PERFORMANCE
0-60 mph - 5.9 seconds
Quarter mile - 13.99 seconds @ 101.6 mph
Top speed - 152 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph - 127 ft.
Braking, 80-0 mph - 227 ft.
80 ft. slalom - 52.1 mph
100 ft. skidpad - 0.89g
(All performance numbers were generated under closed-course conditions on a test track.)

ENGINE
Configuration - Longitudinally mounted, 90-degree V8, cast aluminum block & heads, iron cylinder liners,
fully counterweighted forged crankshaft
Bore & Stroke - 90.2mm x 90.0mm
Displacement - 4,601cc/280cid
Compression ratio - 9.85:1
Horsepower (SAE net) - 305 hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque - 300 lb./ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Redline - 6,800 rpm (fuel shut-off at 7,000 rpm)
Valvetrain - Double overhead cams (hollow camshafts), chain drive to exhaust cams, secondary chain
from exhaust to intake cams, roller finger followers w/ hydraulic lash adjustment, ovate-wire beehive
valve springs, four valves per cylinder
Intake valves - 2 per cylinder, 37mm head diameter
Exhaust valves - 2 per cylinder, 30mm head diameter
Fuel system - Sequential electronic fuel injection
Intake manifold - Tuned length thin-wall cast aluminum runners, cast aluminum plenum chamber
Throttle body - Twin 57mm bore throttle body, simultaneously opening
Air-mass sensor - 80mm diameter
Port throttles - Electronically actuated 34mm port throttles open to secondary intake valves at 3,250 rpm
Exhaust manifolds - Cast high-silicon, molybdenum iron, manifold type, stud & nut attachment
Exhaust system - Dual, stainless steel, 2.25 in. diameter tubes

DRIVETRAIN
Rear axle - 8.8 in. limited-slip differential
Driveshaft - Steel, w/ hardened yoke
Transmission - Borg-Warner T45 5-speed manual; integral clutch housing
Gear / Ratio / Speed
1st / 3.37 / 45 mph (72 kph)
2nd / 1.99 / 77 mph (124 kph)
3rd / 1.33 / 115 mph (185 kph)
4th / 1.00 / 152 mph (245 kph)
5th / 0.67
Reverse / 3.22
Final drive / 3.27

SUSPENSION
Front - Modified MacPherson strut, w/ separate spring on lower arm, 400/505 lbs./in. variable-rate
coil springs, 29mm stabilizer bar
Rear - Rigid axle, upper & lower trailing arms, two leading hydraulic links, 165/265 lbs./in. variable-rate
coil springs, shock absorbers, 26mm stabilizer bar

STEERING
Type - Power assist, rack & pinion
Gear ratio - 14.7:1 (on center)
Turns, lock to lock - 2.38
Turning diameter - 40.8 feet

BRAKES
Front - 13.0 in. (330mm) vented disc, PBR twin-piston caliper
Rear - 11.65 in. (296mm) vented disc, single-piston caliper
ABS - Three-channel, four-sensor system

WHEELS & TIRES
Wheels - Cast alloy, painted surface, five-spoke, 17 x 8 in.
Tires - BFGoodrich Comp T/A ZR, 245/45ZR-17, unidirectional tread pattern

DIMENSIONS & CAPACITIES
Wheelbase - 101.3 in. / 2,573mm
Length - 182.5 in. / 4,636mm
Height - 53.2 in. (53.3 in.) / 1,351mm (1,354mm)
Width - 71.8 in. / 1,824mm
Track, F/R - 60.0 in. (58.7 in.) / 1,524mm (1,491mm)
Head Room - 38.2 in. (38.1 in.) / 970mm (968mm)
Leg Room - 41.9 in. / 1,064mm
Curb Weight - 3,391 lbs. (3,531 lbs.) / 1,541kg (1,605kg)
Fuel Tank - 15.4 gal. / 58 liters
Weight Dist., F/R, % - 57 / 43
(Numbers in parentheses are for Convertible.)

COLOR & TRIM
Exterior - Crystal White Clearcoat, Black Clearcoat, Laser Red Tinted Clearcoat,
Bright Atlantic Blue Clearcoat (black interior only).
Late availability of Canary Yellow Clearcoat (black interior only).
Interior - Black Cloth, Saddle Cloth, Black Leather, Saddle Leather

COBRA INCLUDES
Supplemental restraint system: Driver- & passenger-side (air bag).
Always wear your safety belt, & secure children in the rear seat.
Tilt steering wheel
Anti-lock brake system
Articulated sport seats (four-way power for driver) w/ cloth/vinyl trim, cloth head restraint,
& power lumbar support (leather only)
Premium electronic AM/FM stereo cassette
Compact disc player
Power Group: Power side windows, power door locks, power deck lid release,
dual electric remote control mirrors
Rear window defroster
Air-conditioning/manual control
Speed control
Front floor mats
Dual illuminated visor mirrors
Remote keyless illuminated entry
SecuriLock anti-theft system

AVAILABLE OPTIONS
Electronics & Leather Trim Group, consisting of: Leather seating surfaces; Sport buckets w/
power lumbar support; Mach 460 electronic AM/FM stereo/cassette; Total Anti-Theft System (TATS)
Rear deck spoiler
California emissions system
High-altitude principal use