Mustangs would be nearly identical to the 1994 models. 1995 would be the last year
of the Windsor-built 5.0.
A GTS was added to the lineup for 1995. There were
6,370 produced--4,848 5-speeds and 1,522 automatics. GTSs came
standard with the basic equipment that made a Mustang a GT. This included
the 302cid pushrod V-8 powerplant, Borg-Warner T-5 manual transmission and
a Traction-Lok axle. Obvious external characteristics of a GTS are the
absence of a rear decklid spoiler, lack of fog lamps in the front airdam,
and 16"x7" 5 spoke SN-95 pony rims. Factory original GTSs will have the
"Mustang GT" logo embossed on the rear bumper cover, as is the case on
standard GTs, and "Mustang GT" badging on the front fenders. Dual 2.25"
stainless steel tail pipes exit the back.
Inside the passenger compartment, the GTS Mustang
shared the same amenities as the base V-6 Mustang. Seats are cloth and
4-way power adjustable seats were only optional on the driver's side.
Windows and door locks were manual. Only the driver and passenger side
mirrors were powered. Air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo cassette player
were standard. Visor mirrors were non-illuminated, as opposed to
illuminated like the GT and convertible Mustangs. The instrument pod was
the only interior amenity borrowed from the GT, and it included a 7000 rpm
redline tach, 150 mph speedometer, fuel, volt, oil, and temp gauges.
As a side note, all options on V6 models were also
available on the GTS. These options are easily broken down into two
categories. Package Group 1 consisted of power windows, door locks and
remote decklid release, which was standard on GT and convertible. Group 2
consisted of cruise control, dual illuminated visor mirrors (standard on
GT and convertible), and an AM/FM stereo cassette player with premium
sound. Four-wheel antilock brakes, an AODE transmission, and remote
keyless entry were also options. Customers were able to order GTSs from
the factory with as little or as many options as they wanted. Options were
also available at the dealer, on request of the purchaser.
Ford did away with the GTS designation in 1996,
with 1995 being the only year a true GTS model existed, replacing it with
the 248A option package which deleted many things from the car and made it
comparable to the GTS. This package continued to be offered until the end
of the 1998 model year. For more info on GTS Mustangs, visit
Hillie's GTS Mustang Site.
The 1995 Cobra was powered by the same 240-hp 5.0L
V-8 used in 1994 snakes. The car reached 60 mph in 6.7 seconds and topped
out at 140 mph. Color options on were Black (1433),
White (1125), and Red (1447), for a total of 4005,
and 1003 convertibles were produced. This model
year was the only year for the convertible hardtop, and with only 499
models available, it has become a sought after collectible. The
hardtop/ragtop was installed as a prototype on a few V6 and GT Mustangs,
which have found their way into private hands, but were never "officially"
produced. 1995 was also
the last year for the well-known 5.0L, which is another feature creating a
demand for some collectors. Another feature new for 1995 was the addition
of SVT badging.
After the success of the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra R, SVT and its
engineers started planning for a more powerful Cobra R competition package
based on the SN95 platform. Only 250 vehicles were built, with the 1995
edition varying greatly from its predecessor. Requests for a larger engine
were granted, with the 1995 offering a 300-hp 5.8L V-8. Another racing
modification made was for more fuel capacity, as a 20 gallon Fuel-Safe™
fuel cell was included. Heavy-duty progressive-rate springs improved
suspension, thicker stabilizer bars were added, and a front strut tower
brace was also included to enhance structural rigidity. To handle the
torque of the more powerful engine, a Tremec™ five-speed manual
transmission was installed. External changes included the installation of
a hood tall enough to clear the engine and induction system. Also, the fog
lights were omitted, replaced by ducts to channel cool air to the front
brakes. The R model reached 60 mph
in 5.4 seconds and topped out at 152mph. Only 250 were made, and all were
white. An NHRA licensed was required to purchase a 1995 SVT Cobra R.
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