Thom Taylor Staff Editor
November 4, 2014

Do you remember the King Cobra? That was the name of Shelby’s Can Am cars Shelby American produced in 1967 and 1968. Unfortunately Shelby pulled the plug on their racing efforts the following year, but the King Cobra name was not dead.

In 1978 Ford used the already iconic name on their limited production V8-powered Mustang II, the last year for that platform. Then the Torino King Cobra was planned in 1970 and meant to compete head on with Chrysler’s aerodynamic, winged Daytona Chargers and Plymouth Superbirds. Powered by Ford’s 429 V8, only three prototypes were produced before NASCAR banned this chapter in the racecar aero wars.

Now Ford is reintroducing the name with this nasty 2015 Mustang King Cobra. They started with a 5-liter, 625hp supercharged V8 with a cat-back exhaust. Then they add a FR2 Drag Pack-equipped chassis including FR3 Handling Pack, heavy-duty half-shafts, bushing kits, 6-piston calipers, sway bars, dampers and springs, and Recaro seats and a short-throw shifter on the inside, King Cobra etched wheels outside. Wrapping it all together is the cobra-skin paint graphics and paint fade.

To prove that this new King Cobra is worth of the legendary name, on August 26, 2014, Ford jammed this King Cobra down the ¼-mile with a 10.97-second run at 128mph

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