15 of the Fastest Ford Mustangs Ever Made

10. 1995 Mustang SVT Cobra R

It may not have had the attitude of the original Cobras, but the 1995 SVT Cobra R had plenty of performance to compensate. Using its 5.8-liter V8, the 1995 Cobra R produced a max of 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. That had it running zero to 60 in 5.2 seconds and the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds at 102 miles per hour (Motor Trend). It also began the trend of upgrading performance with each successive Cobra R model, which Ford’s Special Vehicle Team later brought to the shockingly fast Shelby GT500 models.

9. 2012 Mustang V6 Premium

Once the 2007 base Mustang began challenging vintage GT models with a quarter-mile run near 15 seconds, it was clear that even Ford’s entry-level ponycars had gotten serious. In the 2011 V6 Premium, Ford delivered an engine producing 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, capable of going zero to 60 in 5.1 seconds. It also ran the quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds at 102.0 miles per hour. Motor Trend posed a valid question in its test of the car: “Could’ve had a V8, but why?”

8. 2008 Mustang Bullitt

Fans of Steve McQueen and the stripped-down retro Mustangs demanded a new Bullitt model to go with the fifth-generation car’s retro looks, and the company delivered in 2008. This time, there was a lot more under the hood to help you channel some 1960s cool. The 2008 Bullitt’s 24-valve V8 capable made 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. That power output vaulted the car from zero to 60 in 5.0 seconds, and it ran the quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds at 102.7 miles per hour.

7. 2003 SVT Mustang Cobra

When the latest SVT Cobra appeared in 2003, it was clear that this was a whole new level of power for the Mustang. The 4.6-liter “Terminator” V8 was as fearsome as its name, with 390 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque on tap. It may not have been as mean-looking as the original, but it would blow the Cobras of yore away with its 13.1-second quarter-mile run and 4.8-second zero to 60 sprint.

6. 2000 Mustang SVT Cobra R

With 385 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque, the 2000 SVT Cobra R had a larger displacement V8 (5.4 liters) than the 2003 Cobra, yet had a lower power output. But that didn’t stop the lightweight from outrunning the newer Cobra on the track. Testing by Motor Trend put the 2000 Cobra R zero to 60 time at 4.4 seconds with a 12.9-second quarter-mile at 110.8 miles per hour. Ford produced only 300 models of this Mustang, all of them coupes.

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