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Ford logo17 Aug 2001

By MARTON PETTENDY

THE Mustang's all-alloy "Romeo" V8 is part of a modular engine line-up that runs right through to a - slightly less refined - V10. At launch its 240kW output was more than any other Ford car available in Australia and is helped out by a meaty 430Nm of torque. The engine uses twin chain-driven camshafts with hydraulic valve-lash adjusters per cylinder bank, along with four valves per cylinder, and separate ignition coils for each cylinder look after firing of the inlet charge. Compression ratio is 9.85:1. The Australian Cobra's aluminium-alloy block received a number of modifications to improve breathing, performance and noise suppression. If you hadn't already guessed by noting the 6800rpm redline, this is a high-tech V8.

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The front bumper cover is removed and cut to allow the new lamps to be fitted, while the steel beam is also removed and the lamps attached to it by brackets. Two new bezels are fitted over the lamps

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