When it came to marking the fiftieth anniversary of its iconic Cobra Jet line, Ford Performance didn't think small.
The most popular configuration worldwide is the Mustang GT with the 5.0-liter V8.
The modern Cobra Jet promises to run the quarter mile in the "mid-8-second" range at 150 miles per hour.
In 1968, Ford had had just about enough of Hemi-powered Mopar cars stealing their lunch money and went full-hog on a 428 cubic-inch, big-block Mustang dubbed the Cobra Jet.
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To be clear, the Cobra Jet is a purpose-built drag racer rather than a direct rival to the street-legal Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which boasts a 9.65-second quarter mile at 140 miles per hour. 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.
"Demand for Mustang continues to be very strong, especially overseas, where until recently people couldn't get their hands on one", says Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst. The Cobra Jet is considerably quicker than that Challenger, but we should stress that this Mustang isn't street legal and it is not built to compete with the 840-horsepower Dodge.
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. All of these cars are created to run in the 8-second range in stock form (with tuning work from the owners, of course), but they are all extremely limited in terms of production numbers and none of them are legal for road use.
The result is a turnkey racer that showcases many performance add-ons available from the Ford Performance Parts catalog for Mustang dating back to the original 1968 Cobra Jet.