Blown Terminator Cobra Flexes Terrifying Power on the Pavement

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Ravenous, supercharged New Edge pony stretches its legs and blasts its pipes all around Richmond, Virginia.

What was happening in 2004? The Opportunity rover began its 15-year-long journey across the surface of Mars. The New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers to raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl XXXVIII. Google’s Gmail is launched. And the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years.

And of course, 2004 was the final year for the SN95/New Edge era of the Mustang, which included one of the baddest ponies ever made back then, the Terminator Cobra. Lucky for us, YouTuber Derek Baran (a.k.a., DerekBaranProductions) invited an Instagrammer to bring his Terminator to the parking lot of a random Target in Richmond, Virginia for a bit of filming.

2004 Ford Mustang SVT Terminator Cobra

“Hey! Look who just rolled up just in time,” says Baran. “We got [Michael Cole Myers]… This is my dream right here, for real.”

Myers is the proud owner of this black Terminator Cobra, which he says has an “Eaton bolt-on” supercharger, which gives the black stallion 518 horsepower and 499 lb-ft of torque to the rear. Baran adds that the final two years of the New Edge “were such ahead of their time,” and are “still so relevant today.”

2004 Ford Mustang SVT Terminator Cobra

“We’re gonna have some fun with this thing today,” Baran says. “I don’t think I’ve had may Cobras on the channel… Super-stoked to have another Cobra on the channel.”

After a few cinematic jump-cuts with Myers’s Terminator Cobra in the back of the Target loading dock, Baran takes the wheel of the Mustang with Myers riding shotgun to do a few pulls around town. Immediately, Baran is ecstatic with how well the pony runs, especially once the Eaton starts whining.

2004 Ford Mustang SVT Terminator Cobra

“Honestly guys, this feels amazing,” Baran says. “I could definitely do one of these… I must say this is a machine right here. I’m gonna be brutally honest with you. Don’t get me wrong, and don’t take offense when I say this: the Coyotes [are] amazing, very clean, very modern. But jumping into a car like this [Terminator Cobra], stock blower that’s ported, 500 to the wheels, New Edge… very bare-bones, this is, by far, the most fun car I’ve ever driven.”

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth about Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive expert is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected]

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