So I was 17 years old in late 2002 when the 03 Terminators started hitting the dealerships. I remember a brand new dark shadow gray Terminator sitting at my local dealership and how awesome it was for me at that age.
Over the years the Terminator has remained my favorite car if all time. I never owned one or even rode in one before. When I was 19 I was fortunate to save up and buy a 95 Rio Red 5.0 Mustang GT, but that was as close as I ever got. That car was mostly stock and was slow, but it sounded nice with the OR H pipe and flowmastets, but I digress. After a few years I didn’t have the 5.0 any more and never owned anything even remotely fast since then. A few Ford Explorers, and now a 4 cylinder Camry lol. Having a wife and two boys will do that to you.
Anyways to this day I still have plans to own a 03/04 Cobra, perhaps maybe this year.
Long story short a good friend of mine recently came into a bit of money and he has always kind of liked the fox bodies. He hit me up asking about Mustangs a few weeks back, asking about Fox bodies, new 5.0 GTs, etc. I stay in the loop a bit and answered all of his questions. Then I brought up the 03/04 Cobra option and told him you can get a nice one for $20k or so and I also told him how iconic it us, etc.
Well he went out and bought a built Terminator with a KB 2.2 with low mileage (50k). The car is pristine and well built and makes 550rwhp.
He finally brought it over tonight after I got off work and took me for a drive. As a passenger the acceleration was bonkers at 3rd gear WOT. Best word that comes to mind is ‘Rocketship’. It felt so fast I couldnt even think while it was pulling. It’s just sensory overload and it was awesome. Then he decides to let me drive (I didn’t even have to ask!) and I haven’t driven stick since my 5.0 in 2006. The clutch and stick still felt good and natural and it immediately brought me back to my youth in my old sn95. I actually impressed myself how well I remembered stick despite the heavy racing clutch.
He let me do a few WOT pulls on some open backroads and let me tell you, your entire core muscles get worked with that type of acceleration. I felt like grunting like an F18 pilot pulling high Gs lol. It was just so visceral and amazing and unforgettable. I kept my foot in it as long as safely possible but it doesnt take long to build some serious speed It was a real gift and blessing to finally be behind the wheel if my favorite car and I am grateful for my good friend to stop by.
I know so many new cars are making over 600,700,800 HP now but there is something raw about a 3,600 lb Cobra with that much HP. Tonight was special for me and I just had to share on /r/cars
Perhaps later this year I will be back to show off my 03/04 Cobra, hopefully (in black!)
thanks for reading