As Ford gets ready to unveil the completely redesigned 2015 Mustang, there has been some debate over the fate of the Mustang Cobra Jet drag racing special.
Mustangs Daily has confirmed that the Cobra Jet will return as part of the next-generation Mustang lineup.
"Mustang and Cobra Jet are inseparable," Ford Racing boss Jamie Allison told Mustangs Daily.
Ford Racing drag racing parts and competition manager Jesse Kershaw previously told Hot Rod that a new Cobra Jet was already in development, but wouldn't confirm that the new car would be based on the 2015 Mustang.
Hot Rod speculated that Ford might base the next CJ on the Fusion or Taurus, with the donor car switching from all-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive.
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During the golden age of muscle cars, Ford did build CJ-powered sedans--including Falcons, Fairlanes, and Torinos--but family sedans have strayed far the performance realm since then.
So while a heavily-modified V-8 Fusion would look pretty cool, we're glad the Mustang Cobra Jet will be lining up at the Christmas tree once again.
The current 2014 Cobra Jet sets a pretty high standard. It packs a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, T-4 racing transmission, and a 9-inch rear end routing power to appropriately-massive drag racing slicks. It's designed for driving a quarter mile at a time.
The prototype 2014 Cobra Jet recently sold for $200,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas.
If you missed out on the 2014 CJ, Ford is taking placeholder orders for the 2015 Mustang Cobra Jet under the part number M-FR500-CJ.