Ford teases Mustang Cobra Jet - 'mid-8-second' quarter mile

Ford teases Mustang Cobra Jet - 'mid-8-second' quarter mile

When it came to marking the fiftieth anniversary of its iconic Cobra Jet line, Ford Performance didn't think small.

The inception of Ford's Cobra Jet Mustang program dates back to 1968, though in modern times, we've seen 50-car runs in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. That began a long legacy of cars that eschew public roads in favor of track use.

Mustang fans will no doubt have heard of the Cobra Jet designation, but here's a refresher. The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet will be powered by a supercharged 5.2L V8 that will help it reach the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range while topping 150 miles per hour. Ford is coy about the power output, but given the weight of the vehicle and the speeds it can achieve, we can safely assume that it has more than 800 horsepower under that lightweight hood.

To put down the power quickly and efficiently, the 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet features a unique four-link rear suspension, a Ford 9-inch solid rear axle from Strange Engineering, as well as drag race-specific coil-over suspension with specially designed Weld Racing wheels.

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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. It also has a full NHRA-certified roll cage and a coilover suspension system optimized for drag racing.

Back in 1968, the Cobra Jet dominated the NHRA super stock class and for 2018, Ford Performance looks to put the Cobra Jet back atop the leaderboard with their quickest Mustang race vehicle to date.

The flip side to that is the vehicle being legal for National Hot Rod Association drag racing, Ford promises, in addition to several National Mustang Racers Association and National Muscle auto Association classes.

Order books open this summer, and while pricing hasn't been announced we expect the starting price to lie close to the $100k figure of the previous model.

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