2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
  • 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
  • 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

  • 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
  • 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

  • 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
  • 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

  • 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
  • 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

  • 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
  • 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

Ford kicked off its turn-key drag racing program with the debut of the Mustang Cobra Jet in 2008, and since then both Dodge and Chevrolet have joined the party with the Mopar Challenger Drag Pak and the recently-introduced COPO Camaro Concept. With the competition from its American counterparts Ford hasn't been able to rest on their laurels, updating the Cobra Jet in both 2010 and for 2012. Now, Ford has revealed yet another revised Cobra Jet for 2013, with the car being unveiled at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Florida.

The biggest change for the 2013 Cobra Jet is the availability of two 5.0-liter V8 options that come in either naturally aspirated or supercharged variants, allowing competitors to compete in the NHRA Stock Eliminator category. Further updates to the 2013 Cobra Jet include a lighter body, electric power steering, a new roll cage and new suspension geometry that allows for quicker launches.

As in previous years, just 50 Cobra Jets will be produced for 2013 at the AAI assembly plant alongside road-going Mustangs, with customers being chosen on a first come first served basis. With the new 5.0-liter engine options the base price has dropped to $86,000, and the optional supercharger puts that number closer to the six figure mark. You can read Ford's official press release after the jump, and live photos of the 2013 Cobra Jet at the PRI show can be found in the gallery above.
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Since its victorious introduction at the NHRA Winternationals in 1968, Ford's Cobra Jet Mustang has created a legacy of power, performance and triumph. That legacy was renewed in 2008 when Ford Racing offered a limited run of the 40th Anniversary Cobra Jet Mustang which quickly sold out. Subsequent 2010 and 2012 model year offerings of the Cobra Jet have proved just as popular.

The 21st century CJ has carved its own legacy at drag strips across the country becoming the winningest late model in NHRA with national event wins in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and numerous class records this season alone.

Today, Ford Racing unveiled the 2013 Cobra Jet Mustang at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando, Fla.

With over three seasons of testing, racing, and customer feedback the 2013 Cobra Jet marks the continued evolution of the factory-produced turnkey race car. Designed for NHRA Stock and Super Stock competition, the 2013 model is better than ever and features the latest drag racing technology for greater speed and consistency.

"The 2008 Cobra Jet is a great car. It does everything we wanted it to do," said George Goddu, business manager, Ford Racing Performance Group. "We're really proud of that car, but we improve with each new Cobra Jet offering and 2013 is no exception."

The 2013 Cobra Jet offers two 5.0L TiVCT engine options. Customers may choose a naturally aspirated engine with Cobra Jet induction system, CNC ported heads, high lift cams and low-drag accessory drive, or a 2.9L Whipple supercharged version with CNC port matched manifold and heads, and a proprietary 10-rib supercharger drive system for high rpm use without a belt.

"The 5.0L has all the attributes to make a world class drag racing engine and is ideal for the Cobra Jet," said Goddu. "Both the naturally aspirated and supercharged engines will be competitive as delivered."

Additionally, the 2013 Cobra Jet chassis has been improved. Lightweight body modifications give better weight distribution and electric power steering provides better drivability without parasitic horsepower loss. A new roll cage design is optimized for safety and chassis rigidity while the brake pedal ratio has been revised for more modulation and stopping power. And the rear suspension geometry delivers faster and more consistent 60-foot times.

The 2013 Cobra Jet is priced to be the best value in the market with an approximate MSRP of $86,000 with the naturally aspirated engine option, and $93,000 with the supercharged engine. Additional options and pricing will be announced January 2012.

Much like many of Ford Racing's previous turnkey race cars, the 2013 Cobra Jet Mustang will be built by the United Auto Workers (UAW) at the Auto Alliance International (AAI) assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich. Production of Cobra Jets will commence in June 2012, with delivery of all vehicles expected mid-summer of 2012.

Cobra Jet components will be available through Ford Performance Parts, allowing racers to upgrade their Mustangs to Cobra Jet specifications.

2013 Cobra Jet production is limited to only fifty (50) units and orders placed through Ford dealers will be filled on a first come first served basis. (Part number M-FR500-CJ).

Finally, all Cobra Jet fans can help choose the color of the 2013 Cobra Jet – classic white, silver or black – by voting online at Ford Racing.com. Voting ends December 31, 2011.


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      SangJin Ha
      • 3 Years Ago
      poor man's 599xx
        Jason Alan Sipes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SangJin Ha
        Probably one of the dumbest things I've read on Autoblog.......
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jason Alan Sipes
          [blocked]
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jason Alan Sipes
          Unforntunately, not even close. But still very dumb
        Prince David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SangJin Ha
        worst attempt at trolling I have ever seen!
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Prince David
          Actually, the worst attempt is when someone posts a comment on AB's Facebook page about how this is "yet another version of the Mustang", but not posting it here knowing damn well they will be ridiculed.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Prince David
          @Elmo seems Facebook really, REALLY needs a thumbs down "dislike" button for comments
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SangJin Ha
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          SangJin Ha
          • 3 Years Ago
          False. You're comparing apples to oranges -- the latter cars are hopped up, street legal (key word) versions of the 'stang whereas the 599XX is a dedicated track racer. Moreover, I would imagine if one were to be privileged enough to be able to afford/drive a 599XX, 100k to them, would be chump change. Hence, the 'poor man' reference.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ SangJin Ha Don't confuse the 302S and 302R ($100000+)with the roadgoing 302 and 302 Laguna Seca(40-47K). The S and R are non road legal track cars meant for racing series. So more similar to the 599XX in the regard that they are corner hugging track machines compared to a drag racer. Main difference purposewise is that there are no racing series for the 599XX to compete in, unlike the Bosses which have Grand Am/Continental etc
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SangJin Ha
        The fact that you don't know what a Boss 302R or 302S are shows your intelligence. The Boss 302R and 302S are factory built and sold full bred race cars, just as this car is. There's nothing street legal about the 2 cars except for the tail lights and headlights.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SangJin Ha
        Poor man, huh? That implies that this is cheap, which it isn't. You're looking at close to $100,000.
      BigIke
      • 3 Years Ago
      HAHA do you know what a 599 is?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Read the article. NHRA Stock Eliminator. They don't allow anything with THAT much power.
          Bill Burke
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Elmo, There are numerious classes in NHRA "Stock Eliminator" based on things like advertised hosepower and weight and a class index. The Ford will actually fit nicely in a class where it can do battle with the stock classed Dodge Challengers and Chevy Camaros with, most likely, the faster Dodges giving the slower Fords and Chevys a lead and then needing to beat them based on a dialed in elapsed time. This is how these classes are run and it makes for, in my opinion, the most exciting and skilled drag races.
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is great news for Drag Racing fans. With Chevy planning a drag race Camaro too, this new Stang, along with the Camaro, will give some competition to the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak race cars. Followers of NHRA will recall the success last season by the Challengers in winning a few titles and setting numerious race records. The Chevys and Fords may not be able to go head to head with the powerful HEMI and V-10 Challenegers, but it will be fun to watch them try. Thanks Ford for bringing new competition to the Dodges as the "muscle car wars" takes on increased meaning and puts focus on the old saying--"win on Sunday, sell on Monday". This is great news !
        Young
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        You do know Ford was in this segment first with the modern pony cars, Ford released the first Cobrajet Mustang in 2008 (FR500CJ) its was equipped with a supercharged 5.4
      roy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey what gives? The last Cobra Jet got the 5.4 so it would stand to reason that the next step up would be the 5.8 thats going into the 2013 Shelby GT500???
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok...what are the hp/tq numbers for the NA and SC 5.0 engines? Im guessing they are class restricted, but it would be cool to see the fastest times these can run. 8's? 9's?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        They'll probably be running 10s, as the class these cars run in are considerably restricted. Also, I'd expect it to have at least 500hp with the supercharger, and the same 440hp that you see in the Boss 302s. Should be fast enough to compete with the Camaro COPO and Challenger Drag Pak. The Camaro COPO comes with a stock 505hp LS7 along with a supercharged L33 5.3 (which is probably making 400-450hp).
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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