How many of you loyal SVT Mustang enthusiasts would love to see the return of an SVT Cobra for the 2013 model year. If you answered yes–you my friend are certainly not alone as countless Mustang enthusiasts across our great land were sad to see the SVT branded Cobra go away in 2004 as the new redesigned S197 model came on the scene. I know Ford’s Special Vehicle Team has been hard at work on the Shelby GT500 and now the SVT Raptor but its been six long years since an SVT Cobra has roamed the streets and I think we are ready for another model.
Rumors have been floating around for sometime a 2013 SVT Cobra Mustang might be in the works. The reality of the situation is we may actually get to see a 2013 Mustang SVT Cobra as reports are Carroll Shelby’s lucrative contract with Ford on the GT500 is set to expire following the 2012 model year. It also so happens the year 2013 marks the 20 Anniversary of the first SVT Cobra produced back in 1993–so it would be a perfect time to resurrect an SVT branded Cobra. Could you imagine a supercharged 5.0-liter SVT Cobra–I know can.
The only reason an SVT Cobra would not be in Ford’s future plans is the return of the Boss Mustang that is slated for the 2012 model year. Ford has not made an official announment on the return of the Boss nameplate but it is widely speculated the model will return for 2012. Only time will tell if there is enough room for two limited-edition Mustangs in Ford’s future.
Let me know your thoughts on a possible return of an SVT Cobra in the comments.
Below I have taken the pleasure of posting production numbrs for the SVT Cobra all the way back to 1993.
SVT Cobra Production (1993-2003)
1993 SVT Cobra Mustang – 4,993 produced
1994 SVT Cobra Mustang – 6,009
1995 SVT Cobra Mustang – 5,008
1996 SVT Cobra Mustang – 10,005
1997 SVT Cobra Mustang – 10,049
1998 SVT Cobra Mustang – 8,654
1999 SVT Cobra Mustang – 8,095
2000 – Only Cobra ‘R’ model made
2001 SVT Cobra Mustang – 7,251
2002 – None were made
2003 SVT Cobra Mustang – 13,776
2004 SVT Cobra Mustang – 5,664
2013 SVT Cobra Mustang ????