Ford has dropped a teaser image for its 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet, which is set to challenge the Dodge Demon for drag-strip supremacy.
Certainly, it won’t be for sales supremacy, as the Demon’s production run has come to an end and Ford won’t make nearly as many Cobra Jets. Oh, and the Cobra Jet won’t be street legal. So there’s that. But die-hard dragsters won’t care – getting a factory-prepped car that can tear up the quarter-mile will make those few who can snag one happy.
And if the initial reports prove true, this new pony will run.
Power numbers for the 5.2-liter supercharged V8 haven’t been released, but Ford is promising a quarter-mile run in the mid-8 seconds and the ability to achieve 150 mph before crossing the line. Drag-ready goodies include a four-link rear suspension, 9-inch solid rear axle, full roll cage, FIA-certified racing seats, coil-over suspension, and Weld racing wheels.
Just 68 will be built, available in either red or white. All will have 50th anniversary badging to mark 50 years of Cobra Jet availability.
While few of us will ever set foot near a Cobra Jet, let alone own one, it’s nice to see new-car news that doesn’t involve a crossover. There’s still strong rivalries in the pony car/muscle car arena, and the Cobra Jet is the latest entry.
The Cobra Jet will never see city streets, but that’s OK – seeing it take on the Demon at your local drag strip likely will be worth the price you pay for admission, as well as that gross hot dog at the concession stand.
a version of this article first appeared on thetruthaboutcars.com