Superformance and Roush Collaborate on MKIII-R Roadster

It was only a matter of time before the sole Carroll Shelby-licensed builder of Cobra replicas joined forces with one of America’s premier builders of performance engines. The result of that collaboration is the Roush/Superformance Special Edition MKIII-R, a roadster that merges the ageless beauty of the Cobra with a heaping helping of modern performance hardware. The car starts its journey as the picture-perfect MKIII-R reproduction of Shelby’s fabled 1965 Cobra, hand-crafted at the Superformance factory in South Africa. From there, the roadster is shipped to America, where it receives a passel of Special Edition goodies, not the least of which is a 7.0-liter Roush Performance crate engine, dyno-tested at a wholly irresponsible 576 horsepower. The big V-8’s prodigious power is wrangled by Michelin Pilot Sport tires wrapped around 18-inch American Racing wheels, with upgraded Wilwood vented disc brakes at all four wheels and an appropriately fortified independent suspension composed of custom sway bars, Bilstein dampers, and H&R springs. The Special Edition package is rounded out by embroidered Roush floor mats and seats with four-point racing harnesses, original-style Smith gauges and Lucas switches, and a gleaming billet short-throw shifter for the five-speed Tremec gearbox. The full array of Roush upgrades is expected to add about $30,000 to the $50,000 base price of the MKIII-R. (

Matthew Phenix

Penske Luxury

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