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2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet: $130K, Mid-Eight-Second Quarter-Mile

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2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

Hey, you got $130,000 and a dream to go super-fast? Then you might wanna get a gander at the 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet.

The Ford Performance 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet turnkey race car has been revealed, and, oh, is it ever a doozy. This is the quickest drag racing Mustang that Ford has ever made, capable of achieving a quarter-mile sprint in the mid-eight-second range. When the Cobra Jet takes to the strip, it’s likely that the only comparable drag race performance will be the time that Sasha Velour snatched off her own wig and rose pedals fell everywhere. It’s that powerful.


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“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,” said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Performance Parts. “This has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street.”

The heart of the 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet is the Shelby GT350’s 5.2-liter flat-plane crankshaft V8 beefed up with a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger. This enables a top speed of more than 150 mph, making it exceptional for just plowing straight ahead really, really quickly. It will be offered with, among other things, an NHRA-certified roll cage, FIA-certified seats, specially badged racing wheels, a 9-inch solid rear axle, low-drag disc brakes from Strange Engineering. It will also be available in your choice of Race Red or Oxford White, and distinctive 50th Anniversary graphics and badges are available as options.

If you want one of your own, you’ll need to be quick: Production is being limited to 68 units to pay homage to the year in which the Cobra Jet made its debut.


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2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

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Graham Eubank is the President of Palmetto Ford. He started with the company in 1990 after graduating from Clemson University. Palmetto Ford is a Ford dealer serving Charleston and carries an extensive line of new cars, including the Ford Explorer, F150, Mustang, Focus and much more.