The 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet is the Mustang to end all Mustangs, and maybe the muscle car to end all muscle cars. The now most powerful Mustang Cobra Jet in history hits 150 and covers a quarter-mile in the mid-eights.
The 2018 revival marks the 50th anniversary of Ford’s legendary performance car.
In 1968, Ford produced 50 lightweight Mustangs with a 335-horsepower, 428-cubic-inch V8; six are shipped to Holman Moody and Bill Stroppe for NHRA competition. Shortly thereafter, the Mustang Cobra Jet appeared at the NHRA’s 1968 Winternationals in Pomona, California. As Al Joniec pilots one of the six to victory, East Coast Ford dealer Bob Tasca coins the phrase “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.”
40 years later, in 2008, a supercharged 5.4-liter dual-overhead-cam V8 is introduced for the Mustang Cobra Jet, M-FR500-CJ. Unlike the original, these do not have VINs, so they are not street legal. However, they were the first Stock Eliminator car to touch the eight second range at an NHRA National Event.
Power & Performance
The 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet sports a 5.2-liter V8 with a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger. Power comes through a nine-inch solid rear axle, while two-way coil-over shocks with adjustable ride height, and a four-link rear suspension with antiroll and panhard bars keep the Cobra Jet planted.
A low-drag disc brake system from Strange Engineering is standard, plus an NHRA-certified safety roll cage, FIA-certified seats, and anniversary-themed racing wheels.
“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,” explained Eric Cin, Global Director, Ford Performance Parts. “This has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street.”
Expect the 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet this weekend at the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise. From there, it will travel to Ohio for the 50th Anniversary Ford Performance Cobra Jet Reunion at Summit Motorsports Park.
Pricing & Availability
The new Mustang Cobra Jet is available in either Race Red or Oxford White with an MSRP of $130,000. Production is limited to 68 cars, in honor of the Cobra Jet’s 1968 debut. Orders are currently open.
Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan. He studies mechanical engineering at Wayne State University, serves on the Board of Directors for the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, and is a loyal Detroit Lions fan.