2016 Cobra Jet Mustang Is an 8-Second Dragstrip Warrior

Some say that the whole point of drag racing is to become involved with the machine you're driving and get a well-deserved dopamine rush after you finish the quarter-mile run. This editor is more enchanted by twisty stuff, yet the 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang makes me want to give drag racing a go. Not joking.
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Recurring autoevolution readers might know that I'm not a big fan of the S550 Mustang, but I hold a lot of respect for one particular feature bestowed upon the FoMoCo pony - the automatic line-lock function of the Coyote V8-powered GT. I admit that burnouts aren't easy to master, but purist drivers might disagree with the 2016 Ford Mustang GT's line-lock feature. To separate the boys from the men, Ford dropped electronic wizardry from Mustang's latest iteration - the 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang.

Are you ready to find out what makes it special?

As with any vehicle that abides by the rules of grassroots drag racing, the all-new Cobra Jet Mustang is race-ready for the Super Stock and NHRA Stock arena. Although it shares approximately 75 percent of the Mustang GT engine's parts, the Cobra Jet is in a wholly different league when it comes to quarter-mile times. 8 seconds dead is the name of the game on this occasion. Like any respectable drag racer, the 2016 Cobra Jet boasts solid-axle rear suspension, not the IRS job found on the 2016 Ford Mustang GT.

Only 50 examples of this bad boy 'Stang are slated to be produced by the Blue Oval's Performance division. All of them feature standard equipment such as lightweight racing brakes developed by Strange Engineering, an 8.50-certified roll cage, race-specific coil-over shock absorbers and springs, and an Aeromotive fuel system with a trunk-mounted fuel cell. Naturally, the five-point race harness and race-prepped auto are on the standard equipment list as well.

But hear this out - despite the Cobra Jet's hell-bent for leather character, did you know that the electric water pump is similar to that of the Ford C-MAX Hybrid? You've heard that right. FoMoCo tells that the C-Max Hybrid's electric water pump is there to manage the engine temperature between runs, when the V8 lump isn't running. On an ending note, you might want to know how much this thing costs. I don't know how to soften the blow, so here it goes: $99,990. Oh, and add $1,995 on top of that for a wheelie bar.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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