2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Debuts With New Styling And A Supercharged V8

Ford has used the Woodward Dream Cruise to unveil the 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet.

Being billed as the quickest drag racing Mustang ever, the latest Cobra Jet celebrates the car’s 50th anniversary and sports a new front fascia that echoes the road-going model. The car will be available in exclusively in Race Red or Oxford White and customers can choose to have the model outfitted with exclusive 50th anniversary graphics.

Power is provided by a unique 5.2-liter V8 engine which is based on the familiar 5.0-liter V8 that resides in the Mustang GT. Besides the increased the increased displacement, the engine has been equipped with a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger. Ford didn’t reveal the engine’s output, but said it will enable the car to run the quarter mile in the mid eight second range and hit a top speed in excess of 150 mph (241 km/h).

Besides the unique engine, the Cobra Jet has two-way coil-over shocks, an adjustable ride height and a solid 9-inch rear end. The car also has an NHRA-certified roll cage, FIA-spec seats and a four-link rear suspension with anti-roll and panhard bars. Last but not least, the model has a “low-drag” disc brake system from Strange Engineering.

In a statement, Ford Performance Parts global director, Eric Cin, said “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.”

Production will be limited to 68 units, in a nod to the Cobra Jet’s debut back in 1968. The model is currently available to order and pricing starts at $130,000.

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  • Benjamin B.

    The engine in the GT350 is not the same 5.2L. It’s not a flat plane V8. It is still based on the 5L Coyote, which in turn is based on the 4.6L Modular V8. The Cobra Jet uses the same engine that’ll appear in the street-legal next generation GT500. The old 5.8L, which is based off of the 5.4L, has been discontinued. Interestingly the 6.2L pushrod V8 from the first generation SVT Raptor is still available as the standard engine in the Super Duty. The 6.8L V10 is also still available on F-450 and up medium duty commercial trucks (not the F-450 with pickup bed). That engine is the only engine available on Ford’s Class A motorhome chassis it continues to build. It is also available on the F-650 and 750, which require a Class B license and can run off of natural gas for fleet use.

  • Brent Morrison

    0-60 crowds in under 3 sec.

  • I hope many of them will be raced rather than kept because people thought it would become collectible.

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