Ford Mustang Cobra Jet will be the most powerful version yet

Posted April 20, 2018

Ford Performance says the 2018 Cobra Jet will run mid-8s at the strip, crossing the finish topping an astonishing 240km/h.

Canada will get a very limited number - of an already extremely small lot - of the 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet drag strip cars, Ford Canada confirmed Thursday morning.

Cobra Jet Mustangs are what legends are made of and it was fifty years ago, the original factory muscle took to the staging lanes at dragstrips everywhere, and along with the resulting wins, an automotive icon was born. That began a long legacy of cars that eschew public roads in favor of track use.

Of the almost 126 000 vehicles registered worldwide, Ford reported 81 866 of those were registered in the United States, meaning just over one-third of all Mustang registrations are occurring in export markets. That sounds mighty fast, and credit for that goes to the supercharged 5.2-liter Coyote V8 engine whose specs aren't available yet. 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. It'll keep going, too, to over 150 miles per hour. "Even more encouraging is that the updated 2018 Mustang is just now getting rolled out to export markets".

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To help achieve its hypercar acceleration (expect a sub-2.2sec 0-100km/h time), Ford says it has re-engineered the current Mustang's rear suspension to incorporate a new four-link set-up and a heavy-duty 9.0-inch solid rear axle. Inside there's an NHRA-certified roll cage, along with Racetech FIA seats. For 2018, the all-new Cobra Jet will be offered in Race Red or Oxford White, including an available commemorative 50th anniversary graphics package and anniversary badging.

It's not a road auto, mind, so you can't say "oh it'll smash the Dodge Demon in a straight line".

Production will be limited to just 68 cars that will not be street legal.

We'll see the order books open up this coming summer.