- For the 1998 model year, Ford offered the Mustang in both hardtop and convertible versions of the performance-oriented Cobra trim level. The Cobra not only comes with the most powerful engine available for the 1998 model year Mustang, but it also comes with standard equipment not found on the other trim levels, like a rear window defogger and four-wheel ABS brakes .
Engine and Transmission
- Both versions of the 1998 Mustang Cobra comes with a 4.6 liter V8 block that has a displacement of 4,605 cc as well as 32 valves and dual overhead camshafts. The engine's bore measures 3.55 inches, the stroke measures 3.54 inches and its compression ratio is 9.9:1. Top output from the engine measures 305 horsepower at 5800 RPM and 300 foot-pounds of torque at 4800 RPM. Ford does not give the Cobra a turbocharger or supercharger, but the engine does work with a five-speed manual transmission.
Body and Chassis
- The Mustang Cobra has a curb weight of 3,364 pounds, while the convertible version weighs in at 3,506 pounds. Ford gave the hardtop and convertible versions of the Cobra the same body length of 182.5 inches and body width of 71.8 inches. As far as height, the hardtop stands 53.2 inches tall and the convertible stands 53.3 inches tall. Both the convertible and hardtop have a wheelbase that measures 101.3 inches long, as well as a front track with a width of 60 inches and a rear track with a width of 58.7 inches.
- Both the convertible and hardtop versions of the Mustang Cobra seat four occupants, with two in the rear seats and two in the front seats. The front seats contain over 41 inches of legroom, while the rear seats contain over 30 inches of legroom. Shoulder room in the front seats measures 53.6 inches and front hip room measures over 52 inches. In the hardtop, the rear occupants get 52.1 inches of shoulder room and 47.4 inches of hip room, while in the convertible the rear occupants get 41.4 inches of shoulder room and 41 inches of hip room. The front occupants of both the hardtop and convertible get over 38 inches of headroom, while the rear occupants of both versions get over 35 inches of headroom.