The best way to enjoy a Terminator Cobra is with the top down

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Modified 2003 Mustang Cobra Convertible air bags ported supercharger 500 hp big wheels ThatDudeinBlue

What’s the best way to enhance the already beastly roar of the 2003–04 Mustang Cobra? Chop the top, of course. David Patterson, otherwise known as ThatDudeinBlue, demonstrates this for us in his recent review of an modified Terminator that left us impressed. It’s low, fast, and loud; headphone users have been warned.

The car itself started life as a 2003 Mustang Cobra, complete with factory independent-rear suspension and now-legendary supercharged DOHC 4.6-liter V-8. It’s since been enhanced with a ported Eaton blower, Borla exhaust, MGW shifter, and adjustable air-bag suspension. Oh, and did we mention that it’s now putting down 530 bald-eagle-saluting horsepower?

In reference to the Cobra’s aggressive sound, Patterson explains “there’s no in-between with these cars. You’re either cruising around not bothering a soul or you’re ruining everyone’s day.” And he’s certainly got a point—when it comes to modern American V-8s, it’s hard to beat the roar of Ford’s four-valve Modular Engines, especially when they’ve been cut loose with headers and free-flowing exhaust.

If you’re in the market for one of these supercharged ponies, you’d better be ready to shell out Coyote-levels of cash. David correctly observes that the values of 2003–04 Mustang Cobras have been holding steady compared to other modern ’Stangs, a trend verified by our own valuation data. But if you grew up as a fan of American muscle in the early 2000s, it’s a price you’re willing to pay for what’s shaping up to be a modern performance legend.

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