Now comes the return of the Mustang Cobra Jet dragstrip race vehicle by Ford Performance that's targeted to be the most powerful and quickest version from the factory yet, capable of running the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range while topping 150 miles per hour.
The new Cobra Jet will do the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range, the automaker promises.
The Blue Oval's hi-po division has released the first of what will surely be many teaser images of the 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet - the first Cobra Jet was launched in 1968 - which it says is capable of a mid-8.0-second quarter mile ET and trap speeds of more than 240km/h.
FORD Performance Parts has teased a "roid popping tribute to the original Cobra Jet dragster, which it says will be 'the quickest straight-line Stallion yet".
Unlike the naturally aspirated original, this take on the Cobra Jet gets a supercharged 5.2-liter - that's about 318 cubic inches - Coyote V8. All of these cars are created to run in the 8-second range in stock form (with tuning work from the owners, of course), but they are all extremely limited in terms of production numbers and none of them are legal for road use.
Of the lineage, however, nothing models that goal quite like this new 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet. Final power figures haven't been shared yet, teasingly, but Ford isn't being so coy about the drag results. It'll keep going, too, to over 150 miles per hour.
Ford will only make 68 examples of the Cobra Jet and it is available in either white or red. Still, the Strange Engineering 9-inch solid rear axle keeps it old-school in this fearless new independent rear suspension Mustang era. Race add-ons include NHRA-certified roll cage, Racetech FIA seats, and a drag race specific coilover suspension with specially designed Weld Racing wheels with the 50th anniversary badging. It does, however, come with all of the performance and safety features required to legally compete in various super stock classes in the National Hot Rod Association, the National Mustang Racers Association and the National Muscle Car Association.
We'll see the order books open up this coming summer.