Monthly Archive: November 2014

Nov 04

The King is Back: Ford Announces Insane 10 Second 2015 King Cobra Mustang @ SEMA!

The 2015 Mustang King Cobra

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.Rear of 2015 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.

From Ford:

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

2015 Ford Mustang King Cobra

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.

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Nov 04

Pics: Here’s Vaughn Gittin’s 2015 Mustang RTR Spec 5 Drift Car

RTR Spec 5 Mustang by Vaughn Gittin Jr

While the video released by RTR earlier this week gave us a fun glimpse at a couple RTRs drifting (the Spec 5 being one them), here’s an up close and personal look at the 2015 Mustang RTR Spec 5 Concept. This will be Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s new drift car, replacing his current 2014 Mustang for the upcoming season.Make no mistake, this beast is packing a lot more than just aesthetics; you’re looking at a supercharged Mustang fully customized inside and out by RTR. The Spec 5 takes “drift inspired” to an entirely new level with it’s LED grille inserts, haggard but highly refined riveting throughout the exterior, signature Vaughn Gittin Jr. wheels and hood pins to top off the Spec 5′s naturally aggressive nature. A wide-body kit with bulging front and rear fenders takes the already planted 2015 GT and gives it even more curvature and width, a style much like Vaughn’s RTR-X.

Sadly, this monster won’t be available to the public. However, you can pick yourself up a supercharged RTR Spec 2 at certified dealers come January. If that’s more performance than you bargained for, the RTR Spec 1 is a nice upgrade over a factory GT’s “lack of aggressiveness” as some have come to call it. Both the Spec I & Spec II RTRs look fantastic, and both carry with them Vaughn Gittin’s unique vision for the Mustang–something enthusiasts have developed a great affinity for in recent years.

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Nov 04

We spy the Ford Mustang King Cobra early at SEMA

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As is the case with most auto shows, waiting for the reveal of hot new models is the worst part. So, while our own Drew Phillips has been wandering the halls here in Las Vegas since they unlocked the doors for SEMA 2014, we didn't expect him to come back with any big reveals until later in the day. Until this happened.

Meandering by the Ford stand, Phillips eagle-eyed a trunk lid that caught his attention. Popping out from an otherwise draped 2015 Mustang, the matte black lid clearly has the name King Cobra embossed on the rear.

That name is interesting for a few reasons: to start, Ford hasn't used the Cobra name (without "Jet" attached) since way back in 2004, so a new snake is certainly something to take note of. Second, the King Cobra name dates all the way back to the ill-remembered Mustang II, meaning there is a clear link to Blue Oval history here.

Just exactly what this 2015 Mustang King Cobra might be, is still unclear. There's some logic to the idea that it could be a follow up for the drag-prepped Cobra Jet car, though nothing concrete about our two images to support that.

Stay tuned though, Ford will be pulling the silks back on this one later today, and we'll report back with the full story.

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