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2001 Ford Mustang Variants Were Quite Special: Retro Review

MotorWeek‘s Retro Review series continues to provide us with a treasure chest of throwback clips from Blue Oval history, a list that most recently includes both the large but long-gone 2000 Ford Excursion and the sharp-handling but also-discontinued 2001 Ford Focus. Now, we’ve been blessed with yet another cool Retro Review, this time, one covering a model that’s still around – the Ford Mustang – but in this case, MotorWeek wound up taking a look at a pair of very special variants from the 2001 model year, specifically.

2001 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra MotorWeek Retro Review - Exterior 001 - Front Three Quarters

The 2001 Ford Mustang had a little bit of something to offer for everyone that appreciates good old-fashioned American pony cars, including, of course, the beloved SVT Cobra. For 2001, the Mustang Cobra got a bit of a power boost for its 4.6L V8, taking it up to a still-solid 320 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque – 60 horsepower and 15 more pound-feet than the standard Mustang GT that year, which was mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

That was good enough to take the Cobra from 0-60 in 5.3 seconds and down the quarter-mile 13.7 clicks, but it wasn’t the only cool variant one could opt for in 2001. Rather, the Ford Mustang Bullitt had made a comeback at that point, helping to celebrate the iconic movie car piloted by legendary actor Steven McQueen.

Along with its cool looks, the 2001 Mustang Bullitt got a bit more power than the standard GT, too – 265 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, once again mated to a five-speed manual, which was good for a 0-60 romp of 5.7 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 14.1 seconds. Interestingly, MotorWeek noted that the Bullitt felt more refined than the Cobra, but in reality, either of these cars proved quite popular in their heyday.

We’ll have more cool videos to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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