Heart of the Pony: Ford's All-Time Top Mustang Engines 2
"Terminator" SVT Supercharged 4.6L V8
In 2003, the Ford SVT group unveiled the new Mustang Cobra, which was powered by a heavily modified 32-valve version of the 4.6L V8 found in the current Mustang GT.
These Cobras, which affectionately became known as "Terminators," offered a "stated" output of 390 horsepower which--true to form--multiple parties have proven to be understated. Until the modern Shelby GT500 hit the streets in 2007, the Terminator was the baddest Mustang the American market had seen since the glory days of the American muscle car.
Even though the independent rear suspension made launching these Cobras difficult, the '03-'04 Cobras set the bar for street and strip performance when they were introduced to the public.