The King Cobra is back and wearing snakeskin, though after reading that and shuttering at the memory of the Mustang II you might be shocked to hear about it’s sub 11 second quarter mile time at 125+MPH…This is NOT your dad’s King Cobra.
For those that scour the 2015+ Mustang forum Mustang6G, you might remember a few self-proclaimed Ford insiders hinting at the release of a “number of S550 specialty vehicles” coming in the near future. Well, they weren’t kidding. Ford announced today at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show–not too long after teasing the release of the GT350–that they have officially brought back the King Cobra (yes, you read that right, Ford built another King Cobra, a predecessor to the Mustang II King Cobra), albeit as a triple-threat package offering from the Ford Racing parts catalog.
“Built to be a high-performance street-and-drag strip car, the King Cobra can be replicated by any Mustang owner with the help of Ford Racing’s extensive parts catalog.”
Basically, Ford’s taken their three post-factory part packages designed for the 2015 Mustang–the Drag Pack, Handling Pack, and Roush supercharged Super Pack–and threw them all on one car. Add on specialty graphics and a snakeskin wrap and you have Ford Racing’s 2015 Cobra Jet Concept built specifically for SEMA. This car is being called a concept though, so it’s still unknown as to whether you’ll be able to buy a “king Cobra” package equipped Mustang at some point in the future (think Cobra Jet but in street legal form) or if this is just a way to promote the power output you can gain in a street legal car when you purchase all three performance bundles. Either way, the results are impressive when you hit the drag strip:
Quarter Mile Time: 10.97 Seconds @ 128MPH
The Drag Pack is specifically intended to beef up that hoppy IRS and give you the traction you need to run the quarter mile through improved half shafts, rear end subframe upgrades and new bushings.
The Handling Pack is your standard handling pack: struts, shocks and lowering springs with a stabilizer to boot. The Super Pack introduces the 2015 Coyote motor to a Roush and Ford Racing designed 2.3L TVS supercharger, a six-rib belt drive system, intake manifold, upgraded throttle body, air inlet system, fuel rail & high-flow fuel injectors, an intercooler and a tune courtesy of Ford Racing. There’s also a Ford Racing catback exhaust, Recaro seats and a short throw shifter as well. In all, you’re getting a 10-second, street legal package for the stock 2015 Mustang GT. Not bad Ford, not bad.
We’ll have to wait and see if Ford offers these three kits as a bundle or if they do the wrenching for you and package them on a specially branded “King Cobra” Mustang, but for now at least we we have another piece of SEMA eye candy from Ford to daydream over.