Originally posted by austinTX
Hey I thought you were keeping the 97? Did you change your mind due to all the HP/tq number rumors or do you just want to drive one?
No way I'm selling the 97 for an '03 Cobra. Maybe an '04 Cobra, though
I just ordered the '03 so that I can take it for the test drive to see what it's like. The sales person already has a secondary buyer lined up for it.
I just can't see spending $38K on a 20+ year old chassis/infrastructure, knowing that the all new Stang is just around the corner. If the C/D article on the '04 is even 80% accurate on the details of the '04, that's going to be a great car and likely not much more cash than an '03.
The pre-production '03 HP/TQ numbers would be excellent NA numbers. But, IMHO, theyâ€™re just okay for a blown car, particularly for $38K out the door. Compare HP numbers between shift points of the '03 and and a nearly stock centrifugal blown pre-03 DOHC and you'll see what I mean. About a 50 average rwhp deficit for the '03 between shift points. Seem like the '03 will be a great car for stoplight races against NA cars, but not much of a contest with anything else that has a blower. It may give some Z06â€™s a run for their money. Once you get your Novi back on, youâ€™ll have fun playing with 03â€™s just like theyâ€™ll have fun playing with NA Stangs.
The recent C/D article stated that Ford re-profiled the '03 cams for maximum low-rpm torque...why in the world would they do that??? In the graph that onerichrunner posted, the torque profile of the torque curve looked almost identical to a NA Cobra, just shifted up a bit. Why not build an engine, optimizing power where it's going to be driven by those who are buying it for performance. The cams probable are giving up 20-30 rwhp in the typical usable power band to give low end power to the person who thinks that the engine should be shifted at 5K rpm.
Oh well, I really shouldn't complain...at least it's a step in the right direction. Hopefully, the â€™04 gets Mustangs into modern times.