• Apr 4, 2011
2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet - Click above to watch the video after the jump

We're all for an event that culminates with the serving of cake, especially when the sweet stuff is delivered in tandem with supercharged Mustang coupes built especially for drag racing. Ford recently threw a party at the Auto Alliance Mustang factory in Flat Rock, MI to celebrate the official delivery of its new 2012 Mustang Cobra Jet, a vehicle that the company proudly maintains is quickest accelerating production vehicle ever made. When pressed, Ford tells us the CJ will do a 60-foot launch in 1.3 seconds and the quarter-mile in under 10 seconds. We asked about a 0-60 mph time, but we were reminded that measurement is pretty meaningless in drag racing.

Cobra Jet buyers from all over came from as far away as Calgary, Alberta and Puerto Rico to participate in the ceremony and take delivery of their new racecars, and we're betting they would have made the trek even without the sheet cake. All attendees signed a 2012 Mustang Cobra Jet hood that will later be placed on the walls of the production facility.

Continue reading Ford delivers 2012 Mustang Cobra Jet racers, lays claim to quickest production car [w/video]...


Photos copyright ©2011 Chris Shunk / AOL




The asterisk by those performance numbers is, of course, that the Cobra Jet isn't street legal, it's an out-of-the-box drag racing solution for anyone not interested in taking years to engineer and refine their own racer. New for 2012 is an aluminum-block 5.4-liter V8, a modified suspension, low-drag racing brakes, new black anodized wheels and a stickier set of Goodyear racing slicks. The Cobra Jet can be had with your choice of a 2.3-liter TVS supercharger or a 4.0-liter Ford Racing Whipple supercharger.

2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 5.4-liter rear 3/4 view2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet cake2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet signed hood2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine

Both superchargers help the 5.4-liter V8 power out at a National Hot Rod Association-compliant 425 horsepower, though the boosted mills can be tweaked to output hundreds more ponies without much fuss. Owners of the 2010 model year Cobra Jet told us that the TVS unit will cruise through a quarter mile in under 10 seconds, while the Whipple version will cross the finish line in under nine seconds.

The sold-out 2012 Cobra Jet starts at $91,990, with a fully loaded Cobra Jet coming in at $103,980. That sounds expensive, but Cobra Jet owners tell us that it's cheaper than a do-it-yourself project delivering the same results.


Photos copyright ©2011 Chris Shunk / AOL


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Im not sure how i feel about the term "fastest production vehicle" While it may in fact be correct, It is not street legal, and as such I personally dont consider it a production vehicle.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Being legal,..has nothing to do with it being a production vehicle...

        And besides,...who would wanna tag and drive such a beast?..

        This folks,..is the modern Thunderbolt.

        Thank you Ford.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I understand this guys, I am thinking as a non technical person though. You cant tell me where you would not see the confusion to someone who is not a car guy (on that note I realize only a car guy is going to see this car anyway)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Quickest, sorry
        • 3 Years Ago
        Very good point there!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm sorry, where does it say "production" requires it to be "street legal"? In your own little world maybe.

        Ford didnt claim fastest street legal car. didnt claim quickest 0-60 or highest top end.

        I would argue the fastest/ quickest since its obvious different people consider different measurements for that title, but it IS 1 fast ve-hick-le
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Suzuki Hayabusa can do 9s from the factory as well, and it's definitely a production vehicle (12 years old at that!). With boastful claims like those, it seems like they should be giving us more detail than "under 10 seconds".
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry, that last post was meant for someone else. Damn commenting system drives me nuts I tell ya!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Do you even have to ask?

        You are comparing a car to a motorcycle!! They are too totally different beasts as a bike does not have to lug around thousands of pounds and mass like a car does. Of course it's going to be faster!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Most people don't cross shop cars and bikes. For most of us, it makes about as much sense as cross shopping a Prius and a Suburban.

        You may do that, but I think it's safe to say you are in the minority.

        BTW, the jet reference was not meant to be taken too seriously. I was just trying to prove a point.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry, I added an extra 0 by mistake which further proves my point. How much did this really cost Ford if they can turn around and sell it for 91K?

        The Cobra Jet is more of a marketing tool than anything else to enhance the racy appeal of Mustangs all across the board and further enhance the image of Ford across the board. That is the purpose of halo cars.

        My guess as to why there is no warranty on these cars is that they either end up in the hands of millionaire collectors and/or guys who are going to take it to the track, modify and run the crap out of it, such activities that would normally not be covered under warranties. The fact that they are only building 50 may play into it as well.

        In the end, I feel that criticizing Ford's corporate strategy over 50 cars is a tad ridiculous and I can't believe we are arguing about this on a site for car enthusiasts.


        • 3 Years Ago
        @IOMTT

        Okay, I never said nobody cross shops cars and bikes. I just said it was not the usual. The point I was trying to make is that comparing the performance of a sport bike with that of a car is just plain silly.

        Why I get down voted for stating a simple fact baffles me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I know, right? But I've got one better!! A Boeing 747 is a production vehicle, from 30 + years ago, and it will leave both of them in its dust.

        Apples to oranges there buddy, for what should be obvious reasons...

        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed, those that would cross shop a bike and a car, like myself, are the minority. But so are those that are looking for the quickest thing that they can buy. I personally find the comparison pretty interesting, and I would love if Ford would make the details a little more clear before claiming they've got the title. Just because it's not a useful comparison to you doesn't mean it isn't to me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Lust Stang ,I sometimes cross shop cars and motorcycles. I once chose a Honda Civic and a Yamaha R1 package deal over a Camaro SS. I paid less for the 2 vehicles and insurance than the SS. Every time I rode the R1 reminded me I made the right decision. That is how a motorcycle guy cross shops cars and bikes.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lust:
        The Boeing will probably have lousy acceleration from a standstill.

        Why is the title of quickest production vehicle relevant anyway? It'd matter to a guy who wanted to go buy the quickest thing he can drive off of the showroom floor. If that's what he's looking for, these are the exact vehicles he should be comparing. It just so happens that their performance figures are very comparable in that regard. How is that apples to oranges? Unlike your Boeing, they both have price tags in the five digit range and can be driven on pavement. Both would be called "impractical" by many and toys by most. They seem pretty darn similar to me and are the toys I would comparison shop if I wanted to go quickly in a straight line with a stock automobile.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Impressive, but keep in mind...this is "NOT" a street legal car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford makes some of the most impractical vehicles ever. it's amazing they still have money to spare when they waste it away on useless garbage like this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ok, "LUST-STANG"

        wow
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry, I added an extra 0 by mistake which further proves my point. How much did this really cost Ford if they can turn around and sell it for 91K?

        The Cobra Jet is more of a marketing tool than anything else to enhance the racy appeal of Mustangs all across the board and further enhance the image of Ford across the board. That is the purpose of halo cars.

        My guess as to why there is no warranty on these cars is that they either end up in the hands of millionaire collectors and/or guys who are going to take it to the track, modify and run the crap out of it, such activities that would normally not be covered under warranties. The fact that they are only building 50 may play into it as well.

        In the end, I feel that criticizing Ford's corporate strategy over 50 cars is a tad ridiculous and I can't believe we are arguing about this on a site for car enthusiasts.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wow as in.... Wow I'm right?

        "oh yea. sorry, I forgot that people have $91K just laying around to waste on a car that they'll store in their garage for the rest of their lives."

        That line right there makes you sound like someone who is jealous.

        Just because you see someone spending 91k on a track toy as wasteful does not mean that everyone else feels the same. Obviously Ford feels there is a market for such a car, or they would not decide to build 500 of them.

        You see? That's how a car company works. They build cars they think people will want, and in some cases, what will enhance their brand image, not what people like yourself think we should all want.

        There are plenty of practical cars out there, so bitching about this is pointless.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Ford makes some of the most impractical vehicles ever."

        How you can say that with the likes of the Focus, Fusion, Fusion Hybrid (which was "Sedan of the Year" in 2010), The Escape/Escape hybrid, Taurus, and Fiesta is beyond me.

        The fact that they manage to move so many of these "impractical" vehicles, along with Mustangs and their F-Series trucks probably has something to do with why they can afford to "waste" their money on "garbage" like this.

        Sorry, your initial argument holds no water, and therefore comes across as just a knee-jerk statement.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Obviously Ford feels there is a market for such a car, or they would not decide to build 500 of them."

        they're only building 50, not 500, which tells me alot about how they feel about the market. "hey, let's make a quick buck and sell a car with no warranty so we don't have to worry about all the problems it will have"

        great strategy
        • 3 Years Ago
        mikemaj82,

        You sound jealous. Given your logic, we would all be driving Accords, Camrys, and Altimas. Of course you would then complain about how boring cars are.

        Why does it upset you so much that some are willing to spend 91k on a Mustang? The fact that Ford can sell such a machine tells me they are doing something right. Such high end models help boost brand image.


        • 3 Years Ago
        If there were more people like you, this would be an incredibly boring world to live in. Basically everything that is truly fun to do in this life is pretty damn impractical. I can go buy a boring but filling meal for $3.00. But it's a hell of a lot more fun to go to a great restaurant and have a great meal. Is it anywhere close to being as practical? No. Would eating the same boring practical swill my whole life make life far less worth living? Yes. Pull the stick out of your nethers and realize that like just about any tool of leisure this is a toy to make life more interesting, and that impractical things are usually way more fun than the practical ones.
        • 3 Years Ago
        oh yea. sorry, I forgot that people have $91K just laying around to waste on a car that they'll store in their garage for the rest of their lives.
      • 3 Years Ago
      under 10... get a GTR an up the turbo boost up to 1.7 BAR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everyone has their own likes and dislikes. If someone would like this over a Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari 458, Nissan GTR, or even Corvette ZR1 simply because it is a straightline racer...good on them. Personally, it may have nice speed characteristics, but it doesn't look a whole lot different than the many built-up Camaros, Firebirds, or other Mustangs you see at a track. I guess the fact that you can buy it from the factory instead of an aftermarket company makes it special. I would still rather have something slower but that I could drive on the street and looked like sex on wheels (or that would get you sex on wheels). This is far from it...looks like a V6 Mustang body with a new hood...with the drag wheel/tire setup. Still, for those that love it...you're definitely entitled to your opinion. Those that disagree are entitled to theirs as well. There are plenty of cars and motorcycles to love and hate.
      mixed
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL ...Fastest production car??? they made 50 of them !!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      MORE FORD JUNK! LOL NO THANKS!
      • 3 Years Ago
      To automotive sites and shows the world over: please drag this against a Veyron Super Sport.

      Thank you.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That would be fun to watch, considering the Super Sport does it in 9.7 seconds.

        I think I'd actually pay money to see that drag race.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry, but two COMPLETELY different vehicles. I love this car for what it is, but the Veyron owner won't care because his car can do so much more than just a straight quarter mile in a fast time. Think about it, the Veyron is almost as fast in the quarter and yet can be driven on public roads, and around corners, without bringing out the cops or rolling it, all while being totally plush and luxurious inside. It's even extremely competent around a race course, especially in supersport trim. You can't argue with the Veyron's engineering. It does just about everything at an extremely high level (even consuming gas!) Sure, it's heavy, and some consider it ugly, but for pure engineering prowess, no car can touch it.

        Still love the Mustang though.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd love to see the guy who bought the Veyron's face after losing to a $100,000 Ford.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They Veyron SS costs over (?) $2.5m. Of course, the difference is the Veyron driver could drive to the track, do a run and be on the way home to bang his supermodel girlfriend by the time the Ford team finished loading this car back up into the race trailer...


        I honestly don't know what's more impressive: That a $100k Ford can beat a $2.7m hypercar in the 1/4 mile, or that Bugatti built a fully road-legal (and perfectly drivable) car with heat, air conditioning, radio, etc that can keep up with a purpose-build drag racer.

        Both of those are astounding achievements.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ... and how much does the Veyron cost... near $1m??? vs. $100K for this Mustang!!!!
        Plus value, reliability... etc.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @travisty word!

        I wait for a dragster veyron..some billionaire should have the money to modify a veyron with everything it needs for the quarter mile...nos, tires, weight reduction.....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nines out of the box?


      ....I just came.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford is awesome
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's probably only gonna be a few of these actually race,...I know,..if I
      had Sheen cash,...I'd buy one and just put it up.

      One only knows what it may be worth in 20 years....or even 10.
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