Ford Mustang Cobra Jet: an 8s dragster you can buy

Only in America would you be able to buy a Mustang capable of covering the quarter-mile sprint in 8 seconds from your local Ford dealer.

The 2016 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet is actually an option package available on the Mustang GT. But that’s rather under-selling it. This is as serious as production car-based drag racers get.

Under the bonnet is a supercharged 5.0-litre V8, producing an unspecified amount of power, but probably at least double the standard car’s 435bhp. Maybe even triple. Even though 75% of the engine’s components are standard. A race-grade automatic gearbox send the power to the rear wheels.

The standard car’s independent rear suspension has been swapped for a tougher solid axle, while the suspension consists of drag racing-specific springs and dampers. No need for cornering precision, here.

Lightweight racing brakes are added – the parachute provides most of the stopping power – along with an upgraded fueling system and all the usual safety gear.

The rollcage is certified for 8.50sec passes, which might sound like it’s holding the Cobra Jet back. But that’s well over four seconds quicker than a standard Mustang GT, and in the same ballpark as the 2,000bhp Nissan GT-Rs, Lamborghini Gallardos and Porsche 911s that race in the same class.

All of which cost a helluva lot more than the Mustang Cobra Jet. Fully built and ready to race, it costs just $99,990 (£64,000). To bang-to-buck ratio is off the scale. Just 50 will be made, so get your order in quick.

The original Mustang Cobra Jet was launched back in 1968. It was revived in 2008 and has been available most years since.

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By Only Motors

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