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The Terminator Mustang SVT Cobra Was the Original Hellcat

Back in 2003, Ford built its first supercharged Mustang Cobra. Dubbed the “Terminator” by the team of engineers behind its development, forced induction helped the 4.6 liter V8 put out 390 horsepower, which was an obscene number at the time and more than any other muscle car on the market. This was the first supercharged muscle car from Detroit.

Of course, now you can almost get that power from a four-cylinder Mustang, but this is the car that started the forced induction muscle car power wars. We’ve now seen Camaros and Mustangs with 650 horsepower, and of course we have the Hellcat and Demon, cars that make double the power of the Terminator.

While the Terminator’s numbers may seem mundane today, the car is no less impressive than it was 15 years ago. An independent rear suspension means it’s a Mustang that can actually handle, and that supercharger whine never really gets old. And every time you hear one of the current supercharged muscle cars, you can thank Ford for making it a reality.

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