Heavily influenced by Europe, where turbo engines were blossoming, Ford created this high-performance Mustang with…
Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) set out to make the ultimate Mustang for the aging Fox platform’s final year. How? By chopping out 450 pounds of weight, for starters. This was achieved largely by deleting parts of the car designed to keep people comfortable such as a back seat, creating the least daily drivable Mustang since the original Shelby GT350. But that wasn’t an issue since SVT intended all 107 copies to go to licensed racers.
Extensive chassis stiffening improved shell rigidity, and the R featured huge brakes and a warmed-over version of the 5.0 V-8. No wonder these 107 cars are the holy grail of factory-built Fox bodies to this day.
[Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared as part of the 25 Greatest Mustangs cover story in the July/August issue of Hagerty Drivers Club magazine. You can find the other entries here.]