New Mustang Cobra Jet announced

Ford has announced a new Mustang Cobra Jet - not to be confused with the Mustang Super Snake - to mark the 50th anniversary of the original car taking the drag strips of America by storm.

Powered by a strengthened, 5.2-litre version of the 5.0-litre V8 found in the Mustang GT, the Cobra Jet also employs a 3.0-litre(!) Whipple supercharger, enabling quarter mile runs "in the mid-eight-second range" and making it the quickest factory Mustang dragster ever built.

To handle its as-yet-unannounced but presumably enormous power output, the Cobra Jet also features a 9-inch solid rear axle, four-link rear suspension with anti-roll and panhard bars, two-way coil-over shock absorbers with adjustable ride height, and a low-drag disc brake system. Oh, and there's also an NHRA-certified safety roll cage and seats incase all that turns out to not be enough.

You may well question the relevance of such an offering but Ford certainly doesn't, seeing it as the continuation of a lineage which inspires customers to purchase and modify some Mustang muscle of their own. Eric Cin, Global Director of Ford Performance Parts explains: "From the very first Mustang Cobra Jets dominating the 1968 NHRA Winternationals to our modern-day racers, the Ford Performance Parts team continues to build on Cobra Jet's success at the track over five decades. This has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street."

The new Mustang Cobra Jet is available in either Race Red or Oxford White and can be optioned with the throwback 50th Anniversary decals seen here, because why not? Production is set to be limited to just 68 cars, in honor of the Cobra Jet's 1968 debut, with each example priced at $130,000.

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  • sidesauce 17 Aug 2018

    That look pretty ace actually.

  • chazwozza 17 Aug 2018

    Not something i'd want, but I love the fact that a mainstream manufacturer still signs off on a car like this. Variety is the spice and all that!

  • Pericoloso 17 Aug 2018

    How bizarre .

    Has any manufacturer ever offered a dragster off the shelf before ?

    68 cars ,perhaps they could have a one make drag series ?

  • Bencolem 17 Aug 2018

    Is it road legal?

  • rb_89 17 Aug 2018

    That's cool, interesting of Ford to offer a drag car off the shelf.

    Drag racing isn't something i'd be interested in for a car to own personally, but I like watching drag races on Youtube, seeing how much power people can squeeze out of Nissan GTR's etc.

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