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2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

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By Dave Ashton

Just as we get news of the next GT500, now Ford announce a 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet to celebrate 50 years of the car, with only 68 being built. Details for the car are thin on the ground at present, but it will house a supercharged 5.2-liter Coyote V8 with a hoped quarter-mile time around eight seconds at 150mph.

The car will be for the track only and not street legal, so will include a NHRA-certified roll cage, drag-specific coil-over four-link suspension instead of the Mustang’s production independent rear suspension, Racetech FIA seats, Strange Engineering 9-inch solid rear axle, Weld Racing wheels with 50th-anniversary badging and the option of a 50th-anniversary graphics package. None of the cars will have VIN numbers and will be available in either race red or Oxford white colors. No idea of horsepower levels at this point, but Ford say the car will be, “the most powerful and quickest version from the factory yet.” With a predicted quarter-mile time of eight seconds and one of the fastest cars up to now being a Tesla Model S P100 D at 10.5 seconds over at Motor Trend for the quarter mile, it’s clear that the amount of horses will definitely compete with the likes of the Dodge Demon. However, the Demon has the benefit of being legal on the streets.

Some reports are already saying that the new Cobra Jet has been specifically engineered to beat the Dodge Demon on the track. The 2016 version of the Cobra Jet was able to do a high eight second time, 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 186mph with a 5.0 L Coyote V8, so this edition should shave a few hundredths of a second off that time. However, it’s another apples and oranges scenario as the Demon can be driven home after a race and clearly has better muscle car DNA – street and strip car in one. The 2016 version was compared at the time to the Chevrolet COPO Camaro and the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. Check out the videos below for some example runs from the 2016 version.

The new Cobra Jet should be eligible for the National Hot Rod Association, multiple National Mustang Racers Association and National Muscle Car Association classes, which will further boost its place in Ford’s motorsport history. Pricing has not been announced, but the 2014 edition at $100,000 means six figures could be a safe bet.

The original Cobra Jets of 1968 had a 428 cubic-inch V8, 335 hp, high-flow 427 heads on a lightweight body all as an aim to win the 1968 NHRA Winternationals. Only 50 were produced and are clear classic collectors items today.

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