FIFTY YEARS OF BADASSERY

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It makes sense that Ford saved its mean­est Mus­tang Co­bra Jet for the model’s 50th an­niver­sary. The re­cently un­veiled 2018 Ford Mus­tang Co­bra Jet con­tin­ues the model’s tra­di­tion as a lim­ited-pro­duc­tion strip-only weapon. As a nod to the orig­i­nal Co­bra Jet’s 1968 de­but, only 68 of these will be man­u­fac­tured. How­ever, that’s about where the sim­i­lar­i­ties and the nos­tal­gic crap end — this ve­hi­cle is an un­com­pro­mis­ing badass com­bin­ing the best of Ford’s cur­rent brute-force power with old­school un­der­pin­nings ca­pa­ble of with­stand­ing the dam­age. The quad-cam Coy­ote V8 is punched out to 5.2 litres, with a huge Whip­ple blower on top, and, while power fig­ures have taken a back seat, it’s sup­posed to be good for an eight-sec­ond quar­ter-mile at 150mph. The stan­dard in­de­pen­dent rear has been re­placed with a Strange En­gi­neer­ing nine-inch and fourlink set-up, drag-spe­cific coilovers, and cus­tom Weld Rac­ing wheels and Hoosier tyres. We feel that the 2018 model looks sharper than ev­ery other Co­bra Jet model of late, no doubt helped by its hand­some pro­file, its no-non­sense stance, and the retro styling. Re­tail­ing at US$130K, and, with most of the pro­duc­tion ex­pected to be spo­ken for via pre-or­der, all this news piece is re­ally good for is as a bucket-list-filler — although the Mus­tang is New Zealand’s most pop­u­lar sports car, so maybe some­one out there could be game to build a Co­bra Jet replica.

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