The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is instant drag racer royalty

2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

Global demand for the new 2018 Ford Mustang has driven Mustang to its third straight year as the best-selling sports coupe in the world.

The 2018 Cobra Jet race vehicle has an exterior design based on the newest Ford Mustang, with the new front end and a package-specific hood. However, the upcoming Shelby GT500 uses a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 that is tipped to make more than 520kW. The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet will be powered by a supercharged 5.2L V8 that will help it reach the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range while topping 150 miles per hour. In celebration of the Cobra Jet's 50th anniversary, Ford went and built another model for 2018 that is the "most powerful and quickest version from the factory yet".

The legendary badge will adorn a limited run of 58 units, a reference to the original 1958 Cobra Jet, which will be non-VIN production cars. "That, in turn, has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street". It does, however, come with all of the performance and safety features required to legally compete in various super stock classes in the National Hot Rod Association, the National Mustang Racers Association and the National Muscle Car Association. It will be available in Race Red and Oxford White color options.

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"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 Blue Oval's hi-po division has released the first of what will surely be many teaser images of the 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet - the first Cobra Jet was launched in 1968 - which it says is capable of a mid-8.0-second quarter mile ET and trap speeds of more than 240km/h.

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.

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