By: Andrew Cilio
No major changes were made to the Mustang lineup in 2000. The 35th Anniversary badges were obviously removed. The base V6 and GT models were nearly indistinguishable from one another except from the rear, where the GT had a different bumper cover to accommodate the dual exhausts. Bigger 16-inch wheels and tires were an option for the Mustang V6 appearance-package. New tri-bar Mustang badges were placed on both sides of the front fenders.
Ford introduced a new trim level called Spring Feature. It was available only on GTs, and included the colors Performance Red, Black, Silver, White, and Zinc Yellow. The Spring Feature package contained 17" x 8" performance wheels and tires, a body-colored hood scoop, body-colored side scoops, two black stripes on the hood, and black "Mustang" inserts on the embossed bumper. Ford produced 3,091 Spring Feature GT's.
Ford decided not to produce a Cobra model for 2000 because of problems with the 2000 Cobra. Ford did, however, produce something much more special: the 2000 Cobra R. This limited-edition Mustang was designed to be a street-legal race car. Its main attraction was a modified member of the Mod motor family: the DOHC 5.4L V8 which produced 385 horsepower and 385 ft-lbs of torque. This power was routed through a Tremec T-56 6-speed manual transmission. The Cobra R's handling was also upgraded to match the increased power output. It could pull in excess of 1.0g on the skidpad. The R also had unique bodywork, a front air dam, a unique functional rear wing, side exhaust, and racing seats. In an effort to keep the weight down, the R had no heater, air conditioning, rear seats, or sound deadening materials. The R was only available in Red, and only 300 were made.
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