The drag-spec Mustang we’ve all been waiting for is about to arrive

Ford is all set to reveal an all-new model at the Woodward Dream Cruise this weekend, and by all accounts, that “all-new” model is going to be a Ford Mustang Cobra Jet. The revelation comes to us by way of Ford Performance Global Director Mark Rushbrook, who flat out told Autoweek that the mysterious production model that will be unveiled at the Woodward event is, in fact, the Mustang Cobra Jet. The debut is expected to take place at the Ford Media Club House on August 16, 10 A.M. Eastern time.

This is not the first time we’ve heard about Ford’s plans to build the Mustang Cobra Jet. Back in April, it was reported that Dearborn was planning to build the fastest Mustang drag racer ever as part of its 50th anniversary. We all came to know that model to be the ‘Stang Cobra Jet, which Ford claimed would be capable of splitting the quarter-mile in the “mid-8-second range” to go with a 150-mph top speed.

To be clear, too, the Mustang Cobra Jet is a purpose-built drag racer, the kind that isn’t allowed on public roads. It’s not like the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which, at its core, is a road car that can be adapted into a drag racer. Don’t be disappointed about the Mustang Cobra Jet, though. If Ford’s proclamations are on the money, it could shame the Demon into hiding with a quarter-mile time that’s over a full second faster than the Dodge pony car.

Given its purpose, don’t expect the Mustang Cobra Jet to be like any other 2019 Mustang. It may have the exterior styling of the ‘Stang, but a lot of things will be different, including the 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that’s been tipped to sit under the hood of the drag racer. Ford hasn’t mentioned the kind of output it’s capable of spewing, but in keeping with its purpose and identity, the Mustang Cobra Jet will also carry an NHRA-spec roll cage, special race seats, bespoke coilovers, a stronger rear axle, and drag-specific wheels and tires.

So put the surprise to bed, ladies and gentlemen. Ford Performance Global Director Mark Rushbook spilled the beans to Autoweek. Unless Ford has another new model that’s scheduled to debut at the Woodward Dream Cruise, it looks the spotlight will shine the brightest on the Mustang Cobra Jet, alongside, of course, a one-off Kona Blue Bullitt Mustang that will head for the auction block later this year.

With respect to the one-off Bullitt Mustang, though, all eyes will be on the Mustang Cobra Jet, as it should be.

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Source: Autoweek

WHAT: Ford is pleased to serve as presenting sponsor of the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise – America’s largest annual celebration of automotive history and culture

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, Aug. 18

WHERE: Woodward Avenue, from Ferndale to Pontiac

Media-only parking at Our Lady of La Salette Church, 2600 Harvard Road, Berkley, Mich., with shuttle running between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. EDT Friday and Saturday

Activity venues include:

Ford Woodward Dream Cruise Media Club House: 28028 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, Mich. (Kruse and Muer Restaurant)
Mustang Alley: 9 Mile and Woodward Avenue
Consumer activities: Pleasant Ridge Park and Pioneer Park
Ford Driving Skills for Life: 27659 Woodward Ave., Berkley, Mich. (Westborn Market)
Note: Media credentials/press passes are required for Ford Media Club House entry

Ford activities include:

Reveal of new vehicle: Production vehicle announcement (Ford Media Club House, Thursday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. EDT)

Opening ribbon cutting: Ribbon cutting followed by police parade to open Woodward Dream Cruise (9 Mile and Woodward Avenue, Friday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m. EDT)

20th anniversary of Mustang Alley: Ford expects as many as 1,000 Mustangs lined up for nearly a mile (9 Mile and Woodward Avenue, Saturday, Aug. 18, all day)

Power lunch: Get to know Ford Performance and Mustang teams (Ford Media Club House, Friday, Aug. 17, noon to 1 p.m. EDT)

Debut of Mustang “JDRF” Bullitt: Raffle sales begin for one-off Kona Blue Mustang Bullitt. Raffle will be held in November to support juvenile diabetes research (Ford Media Club House, Friday, Aug. 17, 2 p.m. EDT)

Bullitt parade: New 2019 Mustang Bullitt and historic Mustang Bullitt models parade down Woodward Avenue (Starting at Our Lady of La Salette Church, Saturday, Aug. 18, 7:00 a.m. EDT)

Eagle Squadron Mustang GT presented to AirVenture auction winner: Vaughn Gittin Jr. delivers one-of-a-kind Eagle Squadron Mustang GT to AirVenture auction winner (Saturday, Aug. 18, 1 p.m. EDT)

Ford Driving Skills for Life: Demonstrations and rides on award-winning program’s vehicle handling course as well as virtual reality and 360-degree video of wheel swap as part of the Share the Road bicycle safety campaign (Westborn Market, Saturday, Aug. 18, all day)

Family fun zone SUV and CUV activation (Pioneer Park, Saturday, Aug. 18, all day)

Ford Owners Club, including Bronco Club and F-Series Club (Pleasant Ridge Park, Saturday, Aug. 18, all day)

Additional media opportunities include:

First Mustang ever sold, a 1964.5 model, plus 10-millionth Mustang displayed at Ford Media Club House (Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18, all day both days)
Screening of the iconic movie “Bullitt” at unique drive-in theater at Ford Media Club House (Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18, both days – show time TBA)
Original Mustang Bullitt along with new 2019 Mustang Bullitt models available for media to drive at screening of “Detroit: Comeback City” at Ford Media Club House drive-in (Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. EDT both days)
Right-hand-drive Mustang cruises Woodward with members of Ford Mustang team (Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18, all day both days)
DADA-sponsored scissor lift for media to grab bird’s-eye view for Woodward Dream Cruise (Saturday, Aug. 18, all day)
Media-only cruise opportunities in Ford police vehicles (Thursday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, Aug. 18, all day all three days)
Media-only cruise opportunities in vintage Mustang vehicles (Thursday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, Aug. 18, all day all three days)
Media-only cruise opportunities in Mustang Bullitt and convertibles (Thursday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, Aug. 18, all day all three days)

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