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Old 01-20-2004, 11:05 AM   #1
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Cobra Is Back With A Vengeance





One of motoring's most enduring legends is back! After years of watching kit car manufacturers build replica Shelby Cobras, the company that kick-started the Sixties' original is creating its own. This is the Ford Shelby Cobra, unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show. It will become a full-production car, and could join Ford's Living Legends series as early as 2005.

Inspired by the historic 1965 Shelby Cobra 427, Ford designers have worked closely with Carroll Shelby - mastermind behind the original - to create a modern tribute to the classic. But while the Ford GT - now a production reality - looks near-identical to its predecessor, the Shelby Cobra blends many individual design features in a new shape.

The big front grille, vertical bumpers and bulging wheelarches are all familiar, but the overall result is a modern-looking machine. Designed by the team behind the GT, the Cobra shares the GT40-inspired car's chassis and suspension, but there are a number of differences. The main change was to move the engine from its mid-mounted position to the front, providing the traditional front-engine/rear-wheel-drive Cobra layout.

Under the bonnet, though, Ford has done the unthinkable and produced a Shelby Cobra without a V8. Instead, the new car is fitted with an all-aluminium 6.4-litre V10, producing 605bhp and 679Nm of torque - and that's without a turbo or a supercharger, which engineers hint would up power to 700bhp.

Even in naturally aspirated form, the Cobra covers 0-60mph in less than four seconds and will hit 190mph. Even the show car is capable of 100mph, revealing just how far into the development process Ford is. While insiders are still cagey about on-sale dates, the Cobra is set to follow a similar timescale to the GT and Mustang. That could see the production version arrive in 2005.

The deciding factor will be public reaction at the show, as J Mays, group vice president of Ford design, explained: "If we get the same response as we did to the GT, anything is possible." Despite taking only a few months to design, Ford seems to have succeeded, if the crowds of onlookers at Detroit were anything to go by. And style is just as prevalent inside - the sharp-edged dash holds an array of retro dials, while carbon fibre trim keeps weight down.

When the modern production Cobra arrives, it will spark off an old rivalry as it takes on the Corvette C6. Initial estimates suggest it will cost about 55,000. Chris Thorp


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Old 01-20-2004, 11:13 AM   #2
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Old 01-20-2004, 11:20 AM   #3
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That shit is FUGLY.
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Old 01-20-2004, 11:31 AM   #4
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they need to fix the headlights and taillights...other than that its beautiful
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Nothing about this car is ugly.
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Old 01-20-2004, 12:17 PM   #6
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wow sweet find hotfocus! i want one!
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It is a pretty good looking car, but the front makes it look like it is sad.
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I like it, everything but the tail lights.
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another "i want one but i will never be ble to affort it !"

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They showed the making of this car on some show a couple days ago....looks like it's got an exhaust cutout inbetween the tips - that'd be fun
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