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KingKobra
05-20-2002, 10:15 AM
June's Addition of Car & Driver has the new Cobra headlined and on the cover.

They reported 4.5 sec (0-60) and 1/4 mile at 12.9 @ 111mph.

Here's Car & Drivers findings:

ACCELERATION

0-30 ..... 1.9
0-40 ..... 2.7
0-50 ..... 3.6
0-60 ..... 4.5
0-70 ..... 5.7
0-80 ..... 7.1
0-90 ..... 8.7
0-100 ..... 10.4
0-110 ..... 12.7
0-120 ..... 15.3
0-130 ..... 18.5
0-140 ..... 23.9
0-150 ..... 30.5

Street Start (5-60 mph) ... 4.9
Top-Gear acceleration (30-50 mph) ... 8.2
Top-Gear acceleration (50-70 mph) ... 7.6
Standing 1/4 mi. .... 12.9 sec @ 111 mph
Top Speed (governer) ... 155mph

BRAKING

70-0 mph @ impending lockup.... 182ft
Fade ..... none

HANDLING

Roadholding (300 ft-dia skidpad) ... 0.90 g
Understeer ..... minimal

PROJECTED FUEL ECONOMY

EPA city .... 16mpg
EPA highway.... 23mpg
C/D-odserved .... 13mpg
INTERIOR SOUND LEVEL

Idle .... 48db
Full throttle..... 82db
70mph cruise .... 75db
70mph coast ..... 75db

My opinion:

- smiles at every gas stattion. ;)

- slow to brake (compared with corvette, audi TT Camaro)

- definitely going to be fun to drive

- can't wait.... this one will get people wondering what's under that hood.

cobrabitn
05-20-2002, 10:31 AM
The wife gave me the go ahead for a new 2003 Cobra for next year. I'm going to see how they pan out before I jump into the fire. That means Fireball will be going up for sale in the latter part of the year. Currently he has 14,000 miles on him. ;)

winddy1
05-20-2002, 11:19 AM
Originally posted by cobrabitn
The wife gave me the go ahead for a new 2003 Cobra for next year. I'm going to see how they pan out before I jump into the fire. That means Fireball will be going up for sale in the latter part of the year. Currently he has 14,000 miles on him. ;)


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:eek: :mad: :mad:


p.s. even though I don't blame you .....
:mad: :mad:

cobrabitn
05-20-2002, 12:28 PM
You sold Sparky didn't you? Why would you be mad if I sold Fireball?:confused:

97whitevert
05-22-2002, 10:58 AM
Originally posted by cobrabitn
The wife gave me the go ahead for a new 2003 Cobra for next year. I'm going to see how they pan out before I jump into the fire. That means Fireball will be going up for sale in the latter part of the year. Currently he has 14,000 miles on him. ;)

tony...........:eek: :eek: :eek: i MAY be interested

winddy1
05-22-2002, 11:06 AM
Originally posted by cobrabitn
You sold Sparky didn't you? Why would you be mad if I sold Fireball?:confused:

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ya forgot to read this part :


p.s.: even though I don't blame you !!


Besides -
this has worked out quite well ...
now, Trigger has a supercharger ...
she's mine like she was suppossed to be in the first place ....

Tim has a '99 that he can do whatever he wants with ...
Tim's happy - I'm happy ......

he has the coupe now -
he is the real "track" driver in this family...

it makes sense for him to have the coupe -
and for me to have the convertible .....

besides --


you should see him ....

he's been grinning from ear to ear !!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

winddy1
05-22-2002, 11:09 AM
Originally posted by cobrabitn
You sold Sparky didn't you? Why would you be mad if I sold Fireball?:confused:

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ya forgot to read this part :


p.s.: even though I don't blame you !!


Besides -
this has worked out quite well ...
now, Trigger has a supercharger ...
she's mine like she was suppossed to be in the first place ....

Tim has a '99 that he can do whatever he wants with ...
Tim's happy - I'm happy ......

he has the coupe now -
he is the real "track" driver in this family...

it makes sense for him to have the coupe -
and for me to have the convertible .....

besides --


you should see him ....

he's been grinning from ear to ear !!

Flash has Tim's name written all over it !!
:bounce:



that is much more important to me - !!


you don't have to worry ... I won't be on the sidelines worrying about him...

he will be on the sidelines worrying about me !!

He's getting quite attached to Flash !!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Snake
05-24-2002, 05:58 PM
how much you selling fireball for?:confused: :confused:

temjin9876
05-25-2002, 12:32 AM
Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords did a road test and pulled off a 12.67 in strong headwind twice on street tires! I don't know what grandmas over at Car and Driver are doing these tests. I have read their articles on 98 cobras...they say 14.1 1/4 when I have seen someone do 13.37 on drag radials STOCK. geez, stop granny shifting

anyway, MM&FF said it handled even better than the cobra R. I'd have to see that for myself but it must have really impressed them. Too bad I can't get one now...maybe the 2005 cobra....

cobrabitn
05-25-2002, 01:26 AM
how much you selling fireball for?

You are the third person that has asked me that. ;) I haven't decided on a price because I haven't even looked up the book value but the car is cherry and it ran a 13.4@102 mph on an 80 degree day. I think it is capable of lower then that with a much better driver then me. But then, if I just had some practice I might would be better. :)


Probably around low to mid 20's to be honest with you.:cool:

winddy1
05-25-2002, 11:43 AM
Originally posted by cobrabitn


I think it is capable of lower then that with a much better driver then me. But then, if I just had some practice I might would be better. :)


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Tony,

please stop under estimating yourself !!

You are an excellant driver -

It is what makes YOU happy that is important -

not how much faster or slower you are than someone else !!


Your an Italian remember?

Don't worry - bee happy !!





:bounce: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :bounce: :bounce: ;) :)