1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
  • 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
  • 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

  • 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
  • 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

  • 2001 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning
  • 2001 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

  • 1993 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning
  • 1993 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

  • 2002 Ford Focus SVT
  • 2002 Ford Focus SVT

  • 2010 Shelby GT500
  • 2010 Shelby GT500

  • 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R
  • 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R

  • 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
  • 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

  • 1998 Ford Contour SVT
  • 1998 Ford Contour SVT

  • 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
  • 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

  • 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
  • 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

  • 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra 10th Anniversary Edition
  • 2003 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra 10th Anniversary Edition

  • 2009 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
  • 2009 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

  • 2003 Ford SVT Focus
  • 2003 Ford SVT Focus

  • Ford SVT Lightning Concept
  • Ford SVT Lightning Concept

  • 2004 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
  • 2004 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

  • 2004 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning
  • 2004 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

  • 2000 F-150 SVT Lightning
  • 2000 F-150 SVT Lightning

  • 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
  • 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

  • 2007 Shelby GT500
  • 2007 Shelby GT500

  • 2013 Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Shelby GT500

  • 1999 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
  • 1999 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

  • 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R
  • 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R

  • 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R
  • 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R

  • 2000 Ford SVT Contour
  • 2000 Ford SVT Contour

Today marks 20 years since Ford first announced its Special Vehicle Team, most famously known as SVT. With performance mastermind John Coletti at the helm, SVT produced some legendary cars during its first 10 years, beginning with the 1993 SVT Cobra (and its even more hardcore sibling the SVT Cobra R), as well as the 2003 F-150 SVT Lightning. Since then we've had numerous updates to each, most notably the SVT Cobra of 2003-2004 lovingly referred to by Mustang fans as the "Terminator," plus new models like the SVT Contour and SVT Focus built from 2002-2004.

Today SVT is alive and well with a lineup consisting of the Shelby GT500 and F-150 SVT Raptor, and we're guessing that back in 1993 no one could have imagined just how far the brand has come. A 650-horsepower Mustang capable of 200 miles per hour or a Ford F-150 capable of running the Baja 1000 in nearly stock form would have seemed insane at the time. And it still does today.

Have a look at some of the vehicles produced by SVT over the past 20 years in the gallery above, and let us know what you think might come from Ford's performance division in the next 20 years in the comments section below.


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