Mustang went unchanged in 2000, aside from the removal of the 35th Anniversary fender badges. The V6 and GT were indiscernible from the outside, except for the dual exhaust cutouts in the bumper of the GT. The most exciting part of the 2000 model year was Ford bringing back the SVT Mustang Cobra R. In all, only 300 units were produced of the Cobra R while the entire Mustang range sold 215,693 for the full year.
The 2000 Mustang was as expected, little changed from the major revamp in styling from the previous year. With the exception to colors and a few trim changes, there were few changes. There was a deck lid release installed that had a glow in the dark handle. They also rear child safety brackets were added to all models. Outside, all Mustangs received new headlight assemblies that had dark smoked reflective lenses replacing the all chrome units.
Changes in exterior styling for the base model of the 2000 Ford Mustang were nonexistent. The 35th anniversary badges were of course, missing. The only new addition to the standard package was the addition of rounded exhaust cut outs for the dual exhaust GT cars. Ford continued the modern retro look for the Mustang’s interior, unchanged from the previous year.
The base 3.8 liter V6 engine remained at a respectable 190 horsepower. It had decent low end torque and pulled hard enough for a “base model” power plant. For the 2000 Mustang GT, it’s iron block 4.6 liter engine cranked out a very healthy 260 horsepower, which remained the same as the 1999 update which came with a 35 horsepower gain from the previous year’s model. The Cobra R got a 5.4 liter engine produced a strong 385 horsepower and 385 pounds of torque.
Special Edition Models & Variants
The Cobra was absent from the line up because of the problems with the 1999 models, but Ford kept up the excitement by bringing us the limited production SVT Cobra R. At over $55,000 it was more than twice as expensive as a standard GT. This street legal Mustang featured a 385 hp, 5.4L DOHC V-8 engine. It was also the first Mustang to ever feature a six-speed manual transmission.
Mustang GT’s gained the hood, side scoops and pedestal rear spoiler from the 1999 35th anniversary edition giving the car a much more aggressive appearance. Also new was the addition of a new 17-inch alloy wheel with styling that mimicked the beloved five spoke Torq-Thrust wheels from the 1960’s. These new wheels quickly became a “must have” item for many owners of New Edge Mustang’s and proved to be a popular option. For the 2000 Mustang GT, it’s iron block 4.6 liter engine cranked out a very healthy 260 horsepower, which remained the same as the 1999 update which came with a 35 horsepower gain from the previous year’s model.
The Spring Edition (also known as the Spring Feature) was about a $990 option which shared a couple of the 35th Anniversary Edition appearance items, mainly the hood and side scoops. There were a total of 3,091 Spring Edition Mustangs produced in 2000. There was a cool new zinc yellow color only available on the Spring Edition.
The Cobra was absent from the line up, but Ford kept up the excitement by resurrecting the famous SVT Mustang Cobra R which this time around didn’t require the owner to have an NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) or SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) license. The SVT Cobra R got a potent 5.4 liter V8 engine producing 385 horsepower and 385 pounds of torque.
The 2000 base Mustang pricing was basically flat versus prior year at $16,520. The base convertible price rose slightly to $21,370. A base GT would set you back $21,015 while the Cobra R coupe came to premium $27,605. For more detailed options and pricing, please check out our 2000 pricing and options research.
2 Door Hardtop
2 Door Convertible
2 Door GT
2 Door GT Convertible
2 Door Cobra R
Exterior & Interior Colors
A total of 11 colors were available for the 2000 Mustang model year. Of the colors that were offered for the 2000 year, three wouldn’t return for 2001. Atlantic Blue and Bright Atlantic Blue were both retired temporarily after the 2000 year. Sunburst Gold was only offered for the one year in 2000, proving unpopular. For detailed colors, color palettes, codes and interior colors please check out our in depth 2000 colors information post.
The base V6 engine was back in 2000, once again producing 190 horsepower while the 4.6 liter SOHC was once again used to power the GT, also unchanged at 260 horsepower. The 300 SVT Cobra R cars got a 385 hp, 5.4L DOHC V8 engine. For more information on engines for 2000, you can find the information here.
Engine Name & Year
Power (hp @ RPM)
Torque (lb/ft @ RPM)
2000 – 330 Modular V8 (5.4 L)
385 hp @ 6250 RPM
385 lb/ft @ 4250 RPM
2000 – 281 Modular V8 (4.6 L)
260 hp @ 5250 RPM
302 lb/ft @ 4000 RPM
2000 – 232 Ford Essex V6 Engine (3.8 L)
193 hp @ 5500 RPM
225 lb/ft @ 2800 RPM
Below is the performance data for the 2000 Mustangs that we could find. The GT was still a solid performance car but the street legal Cobra R was an absolute performance beast. 0-60 mph was over in a scant 4.6 seconds and quarter mile time was a very rapid 13.2 seconds. Below we have included 0-60 mph times, 0-100 mph times as well as quarter mile times and top speed where available.