• Jun 25th 2008 at 7:27PM
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click the picture for a hi-res gallery of the Cobra Venom V8

The Cobra formula was simple: small British roadster + American V8 drivetrain = racing success. Early Cobras sought balance by utilizing Ford's modest 260 cubic-inch small block V8, but all Hell broke loose when a hairy-chested 427 cubic inch FE big block was installed. As a piece of history, and an exciting way to tickle your adrenal gland, the Cobra is legendary. The perennial practice of plucking a significant car from the 1960s and rehashing it, rather than coming up with something entirely new, has struck again, and now it looks like a new spin on the Cobra might be coming. The Cobra Venom V8 will undoubtedly be more refined than the visceral glory of the original Shelby vehicles, and while the concept images show a derivative car, it's still good looking; classic proportions never go out of style

A supercharged Ford modular V8 spinning out 524 horsepower is the intended power source, squirting the aluminum and carbon fiber coupe around with authority. 0-62 will come up in 3.4 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 214 mph. While the concept renderings look good and the specs sound impressive, we're not sure whether this vehicle exists beyond its concept renderings. If it ever does see the light of day, we'll be sure to climb in, fasten the harness and put on our helmet before complaining that it's really time to move on from the 60s. Then we'll attempt to tear up some track, Shelby style.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The original had oval lights, wich gave it a lot of personality. Now look at those lights: plain design.

      Overall, it seems a re-dressed Viper.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks very cool but unless it's just a design on the paper it will not make famous supercars to shiver.
      • 7 Years Ago
      kc427 looks 100 times better in my opinion, and more like the cobra
      • 7 Years Ago
      Although Ford's blown Modulars sound absolutely awesome, I'd like to see a lighter v8 in there, like a GM ls7. Still very badass
        • 7 Years Ago
        r u a smartass? If its not made or designed by Ford or Shelby, then we're not violating any muscle car laws.
        • 7 Years Ago
        A GM engine in a cobra? r u an idiot?
        • 7 Years Ago
        while i understand what you guys are saying about how its font a Ford or Shelby product, it still just wouldnt be right to stick anything other then a ford motor in it....and this is coming from a GM fan.

        Anyway, theres just something about the 3/4 view that i just dont like..it almost looks like the rear end from the rear of the side door back was just stuck on....it just doesnt fit the car.

        Hmmmm....just not sure about this one
      • 7 Years Ago
      No THIS is the Cobra Venom.


      Once again, somebody screwed up and didn't secure the name (GT40 anyone).

      • 7 Years Ago
      Not a huge fan of 'this' design...but dang those wheels would look really sweet on 'my' Cobra!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who exactly made this? Ford Concept? In-house Shelby?
      • 7 Years Ago

      more unoriginal vaporware.

      I appreciate the skill at rendering this, but in an automotive sense, this is certainly not as groundbreaking as the original Cobra was. Just another copy of 40 year old design.

      Sorry, but seventh verse, same as the first. Aside from the fact that this will probably never materialize into a real thing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      all they need to do is take the original design and use new materials like carbon fiber, engine, transmission, etc. they do not have to redesign it completly just make it better. i think the same with the 1967 fastback mustang my favorite muscle car, just make new again same shape new materials so it looks new again.
        • 7 Years Ago

        Don't bother actually being CREATIVE, just re-hash old designs with new materials.

        Maybe if someone who actually designs cars could actually have an original thought... we might have more options for the Big 3 than Camaro, Mustang, Challenger, and Corvette. Not a new design between them, and a new Cobra is no different.

        Why don't GM, Ford, and Chrysler go to the Archives, pull out their 1969 model catalog, and just re-hash EVERY design in their lineup, and we can all live like we are "back in the day."

        How about a NEW day for once. It is the 21st century, and we seem to have trouble letting go of the 20th.

        Nostalgia is fun and all, and a few throw-backs are nice, here and there.

        But no one seems to be creating anything NEW. No one is creating the next future classic. They are only creating new OLD classics.

        The 60s mustangs WERE ORIGINAL. They were very popular because they were fresh at that time. Proper respect is fine, but should we not be raising that bar NOW, rather than going back to the revered past at EVERY opportunity?

        Maybe an original car design now would be your new favorite Muscle car... and be all the better for being original.

        But they keep re-making television, and re-making movies, and re-enacting old politics, and dredging up all kinds of old stuff, and pretending it is new. Maybe creativity is used up, and there truly is NOTHING new under the sun.

        I wish I were more creatively talented, but I am an analytical person... Not everyone can do that, but I hope someone can.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ha, NO!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Saw this thing on the latest installment of "Rides" on Speed Channel. It was built for, and with help and approval from, Carol Shelby. He liked it...
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