2011 Brings $100,000 Mustangs and 700-HP Camaros

2012 Cobra Jet Mustang

I would say that 2011 has gotten off to a mighty fine start. Yes, I’ve successfully worked out for two straight days and finally beat my 8-year-old son at Wii Bowling, but those aren’t the only reasons I’m optimistic about the next 362 days.

If you’re new to this blog, there’s something you should know about me: I have a thing for fast cars. From Astons to Audis, Maseratis to Mustangs and Zondas to Z28s, horsepower brings me happiness. But in this age of recessed economies and spiking fuel costs, the fast and the furious cars could become an endangered species.

But if the new Cobra Jet Mustang and a couple nearly-700-hp Camaros have anything to say about, this won’t be the year speed goes extinct.

Hardcore racing enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Ford Racing has unveiled the 2012 Cobra Jet Mustang at the Performance Racing Industry show in Orlando along with its intention to build 50 copies of the racing-spec car.

The Cobra Jet comes with a race-prepared automatic transmission, drag race-specific shocks and springs, a certified rollcage, and a 5.4L supercharged engine. Straight off the production line, the CJ will compete in NHRA Stock and Super Stock racing. If part of your new year’s resolutions include drag racing, call your local Ford dealer and be prepared to hand over between $91K and $103K, depending on how optioned-up you want your new Cobra Jet.

For those who live near Albany, New York or Claxton, Georgia then allow me to recommend a trip to your local Chevrolet dealer to check out a decked-out Camaro.

After raiding GM’s Performance Parts catalog for an LSX454 engine, DeNooyer Chevrolet of Albany managed to stuff it into a Camaro SS, creating a dealer-specific 620-horsepower coupe. In Georgia, NeSmith Chevrolet did one better. They opened the same catalog and found a supercharged LS9 normally found in the Corvette ZR1. The resulting NeSmith Storm Camaro, pictured here, puts out nearly 700 horses.

That’s enough to make any speed-freak happy.

Do fast cars make you smile?

-tgriffith

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