2014 is the closing year on the S197 Mustang body style. First introduced in 2004 as a 2005 body style, Ford has dug deep into its past to revive old, well-known Mustang variants including the Shelby GT500, Boss 302, and of course the drag race-only Cobra Jet. With a new generation Mustang coming out next year, we are all left wondering what Mustangs make the cut and which ones don’t.
While we can’t predict the future, we can tell you that for the 2014 model year, Ford has at least one more Mustang Cobra Jet planned. Ford Racing released this brief teaser video to get us all drooling for this drag racing Mustang monster.
While the teaser video is just 19-seconds in length, we already have a few key details about the final iteration of the S197 Mustang Cobra Jet. This includes a new color option, the popular Gotta Have it Green paint job, and a new 3-speed racing transmission along with a parachute mount. While none of these additions are game changing, it shows that the Cobra Jet program continues to evolve.
We expect the Cobra Jet program to evolve with the next-generation Mustang as well. Ford already rolled out a twin-turbo V8-powered Cobra Jet concept at the 2012 SEMA show, perhaps hinting at the future of the drag racing Mustang. With Ford going all-in with its EcoBoost engine line, a turbocharged Cobra Jet seems like a sure thing for the next-generation S550 platform.
For now though, we’ll enjoy the delicious whine and supercharged shenanigans of the 2014 Cobra Jet. No word yet on what the times were, interestingly enough, Ford has slapped some grim reaper badging on this prototype aimed at their other factory competitors from GM and Chrysler. We’ll be anxiously awaiting the announcement of the official time slips from testing.
For now we can tell you that the car is available with a supercharged Coyote engine, nine-inch rear end, that three-speed, racing automatic, and an optional matte-black paint job, that was never offered on a production Mustang. With Ford being so secretive about the timeslips, we have a feeling their about to put their competition on notice again at the drag strip, and continue their dominance there. Until the full details come out, enjoy this teaser video.