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Old 11-21-2002, 13:22   #1 (permalink)
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Question XR8 Cobra

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NZ here and I have a 1999 AU1 XR8 cobra? The cobra options include Momo wheel and knob, AU2 17" alloys (factory), Headers and big bore, lowered (Sabre?) suspension, body kit and bi wing, cobra decals above tickford badge and at rear on right hand side of boot lid, black and 5
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My Question is: Is the cobra package just a New Zealand option or is it also a Oz option. Can anyone tell me more about the cobra package, like is there possibly engine mods?
Also it has blue coil springs with a "Sabre" tag, can not find anything about Sabre springs, can anyone help?
It also has a Tickford ID tag with the cobra options listed, Is this normal.

Any help would be much appreciated
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Old 11-21-2002, 13:56   #2 (permalink)
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Never heard of a 'Cobra' XR8. The closest thing I've seen/heard was a bunch of AU (Fortes I think) ex-rental cars that were painted up white with blue stripes (might of had mags as well, not 100% sure on that) as a sales gimmick to try and sell them as a try hard Cobra. Sounds like your car might be some NZ dealer special?
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Yeah, I am unsure of why or how (Ford NZ Marketing i think. ame principal as the forte SR perhaps?) but yep, theres a few of em. Usually White or black, the odd venom one as well..
They still have the same 185kw AU 5.0 engine, so no mods there.

as far as the suspension etc - is anyone else able to enlighten us? cos i have no idea!
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Old 11-21-2002, 14:59   #4 (permalink)
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It was a NZ thing. They pretty quickly got otod by FORD (USA I think) to stop as it was not worthy of the old Cobra badge.
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Old 11-21-2002, 15:29   #5 (permalink)
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Several australian dealers did super dodgy AU forte's with a cobra look, was horrible!
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XR8 Cobra

thanks, but there is a little confusion. This is a XR8, not a forte, and is all black, NO strips.

P.S My red Momo gear knob is missing, where can I get one as all I can find is black and black/blue?

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NZ put out the XR8 Cobra back in 98 or 99 I think, with the cobra decal on the back, it looked pretty good, double spoiler, bodykit etc, but someone at FORD didn't want it !

It wasn't a Forte, only came in XR8.

Best speak to someone at John Andrew Ford or one of the other big Ford dealers in NZ
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Old 11-21-2002, 16:17   #8 (permalink)
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Thank you, I live in Dunedin and will phone the bigger dealers in Auckland as my cars hand book is missing, so I don't know who the original deal was. Information down this way is very limited.

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Old 11-21-2002, 16:27   #9 (permalink)
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Like Kiwi Falcon said, it was a limited run of XR's that got this Cobra name/extra's as they got told to stop it in no uncertain terms, although I thought it was by Ford Aus.

Some dealers also did SVO ones (AU I) which also included engine mods.
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Old 11-21-2002, 16:32   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks EL XR6
Who was the deal?
I know all about SVO XR8's as I just sold one.
Ever here of "Sabre" springs?
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