• Nov 30th 2010 at 3:59PM
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2010 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet - Click above for high-res image gallery

Ford has yet to officially announce the 2012 Mustang Cobra Jet, but the full details on the car are apparently now available thanks to a Puerto Rican Ford dealer that published the specifications early on their website. The car, named after the legendary Cobra Jet drag racers of the late 1960s, was relaunched in 2008 at the SEMA show and revised in 2010 (pictured above).

Now Ford Racing is updating the car once again with a slew of new upgrades and options. The 2012 Cobra Jet will come standard with an aluminum block (previously an option) and the 5.4-liter V8 now also boasts a fortified crankshaft and upgraded forged connecting rods. The rear suspension and brakes have also been improved, and springs rates both front and rear have been optimized. New black anodized Weld Racing wheels are wrapped with Cobra Jet branded Goodyear tires with an all new compound. Finally, three colors will be offered – red, white and blue – with an optional graphics package.

Hit the jump for the full list of specs and features for the 2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet.

  • All of the additional parts and pieces that make the Cobra Jet can be found in the Ford Performance Parts catalog.
  • The 2010 Cobra Jet is a factory-built turnkey race car that is NHRA-legal and ready for the drag strip.
  • All 50 of the limited run of 2010 Cobra Jets have been ordered by dealers for customer delivery.
  • **Embargoed until 12:01 a.m. EST on Tues., Nov. 3, 2009** The 2010 Cobra Jet features a choice for customers between two supercharged engines or two normally aspirated engines.
  • The Cobra Jet Mustang will get its start at the Auto Alliance International (AAI) assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The entire 50-car run of 2010 Cobra Jets will be built on the same production line that produces the 2010 Ford Mustang production car.

[Source: Micasa Ford]
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New for 2012 Model Year:

* Revised 5.4L supercharged engine – different specifications/rating than 2008/2010 model
* Aluminum engine block
* Double keyed crankshaft snout
* Manley H-beam rods
* Improved low-drag racing brakes – Strange Engineering
* Improved rear suspension w/revised rear upper control arm and lower control arm mounts
* Revised and optimized spring rates front and rear
* New design black anodized Cobra Jet wheels – Weld Racing
* Goodyear tires – all new DR compound – Cobra Jet branded
* Brake pedal 2-step switch (micro)
* Optional colors – Race Red, Grabber Blue, and Winner White – no additional charge


* 430hp 5.4L DOHC supercharged engine (aluminum block)
* 2.3L TVS Supercharger with twin 65mm dual bore throttle body
* 3-Speed C4 Auto Race Transmission – Joel's on Joy
* 9″ rear axle w/4.29:1 Axle Ratio – Strange Engineering


* NHRA Stock Eliminator legal interior
* 8.50et NHRA certified roll cage
* Estimated weight of 3,200 lbs
* Cobra Jet trim and appearance package
* Drag race wheel/tire combination (Rear Tire 30.0 x 9.0)
* Cobra Jet spring/adjustable damper tuning
* Light-weight, low-drag brakes (manual)


* Red (M-FR500-CJ12R)
* Grabber Blue (M-FR500-CJ12B)
* Winner White (M-FR500-CJ12W)

Optional Graphics Package:

* MSRP: $1,995.00
* Includes: Powered-By-Ford fender emblems, Sweeping Snake side graphics, 5.4 Cobra Jet hood graphics, Ford Racing windshield header decal, Ford oval front fascia decals, Ford oval license plate decal, FR500CJ decklid decal.
* Optional graphics may be unique to Cobra Jet body color.

Optional 4.0L Supercharger upgrade – M-6066-SCJ:

* MSRP: $9,995.00
* Step up to the most powerful combination in NHRA Super Stock. The 500hp 4.0L supercharged 2010 Cobra Jet has delivered mid-8 et's, Class champions, divisional race winners and national records all in its first year on track!
* Ford Racing offers their exclusive upgrade kit to the base 2012 Cobra Jet for the racer looking to perform at the highest levels of NHRA Super Stock Competition.
* Kit includes supercharger, billet throttle-body, complete inlet system with 140mm billet mass-air housing, installation instructions, and exclusive Ford Racing race-ready calibration.
* Final horsepower rating TBD, rating will differ from 500hp 2010 model.
* 4.0L Supercharger upgrade is delivered separately and must be installed by the end user.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is it only available in red, white and blue, while the stock photos show it in silver? Pretty funny if you ask me!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Read the caption, don't just look at the pretty pictures. That's the 2010 model that was revised after the 2008 launch at the SEMA show.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why don't they just use a blown 5.0? What's so great about the 5.4 that they still use it in this and the GT500?
        • 4 Years Ago
        i think ford continues to use it because it has a bigger displacement, and has those new cylinder liners with the technology they co-developed with nissan for the gt-r.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they're talking about 1/8th mile runs. Definitely not +800HP...
        • 4 Years Ago
        8 secs in the 1/8 would be closer to 12 in the 1/4
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remember the 425-HP rating is for the sake of NHRA Stock and Super Stock classification. It is only minimally related to the actual vehicle horsepower.

      I'm skeptical of 8s in a non-back-half car. I also think those speeds would force Ford to build a stouter roll cage than this car has to be legal. I'm guessing low 10s at best. That is still fast for a factory-built car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stock suspension Stangs have been going mid 8s for quite a few years now. ;)

        The cage for all of the Cobra Jets have been good to 8.50. Any lower than that, it would need "funny car bars" around the driver and a few other bars behind the driver...25.5 cert minimum.......which is good to 7.50
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remember back in the day, when the muscle car manufacturers lied about their hp ratings so you could insure them without breaking the bank? A few of the 375hp ratings were actually closer to 500. Those were the days. Oh ya, $4-5K for a brand new Shelby Mustang, or a big block Camaro at one time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First of all... its a Puerto Rican press release, not exactly that reliable... and they are missing the "1" in 500HP... should be...1500 HP... thats more like it for mid-8 second 1/4 mile run... faster than the Legenfelter Camaro...!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If a stock Shelby engine puts out 550 hp, this engine must put out much more with the 10k blower option. 8.5 seconds and 3,200 lbs, they must be running plenty of boost!
      • 4 Years Ago
      These numbers probably indicate a very conservative factory tune. Anyone could race this forever without breaking it. Pro drivers with the ability to not kill themselves running 8 second quarters must have to supply their own tune.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The 500hp 4.0L supercharged 2010 Cobra Jet has delivered mid-8 et's, Class champions, divisional race winners and national records all in its first year on track!"

      Don't get me wrong, this is a wicked car, but I'm a little skeptical of mid-8 et's from a 500hp motor despite all the extra go-fast goodies and weight savers Ford has implemented. Is there something else I'm missing here?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 500HP figure is very underrated. This is why all the Chebbie guys have been crying and the NHRA has mandated the ratings being changed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks. I should have figured Ford was BS'ing the numbers, though I'm not sure what they're achieving with a non-street legal car that can't be insured. You would think they would sell more if they advertised the real numbers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 4.0L is not a 500+hp package its a +500hp package. brings the total up to 830hp but 8s is probably closer to 880-950rwhp. These Fords are highly underrated and detuned.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford is just BS'ing the HP rating. Seeing as this isn't a street legal car, they just wrote in a random HP for $hits and giggles and kicked them out the door. They come with hilarious window stickers as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, most 500hp cars dont do 8-second quarter miles.
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