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Ford Torino Cobra (1970)


Ford Torino Cobra (1970)

While the new-for-1970 Torino GT was a good muscle car, the Cobra was the bare-knuckle fighter version. It was based on said sporty GT, but instead of the small-block, it featured a 429ci (7-liter) big-block but it wasn't the Boss 429, even though it made a lot of power, thanks to 11.3:1 compression, upgraded heads, a high-lift cam and high-flow Holley carburettor. If the Drag Pack was ordered the engine received solid lifter cam, oil cooler, forged pistons, a four-bolt main cap block, and an even larger carb for 375bhp (280kW) and a lot more durability in racing. To cope with the power the Cobra could be ordered with either a Traction Lok limited-slip differential with 3.91:1 gears, or for more serious racers there was the harsher, more noisy Detroit Locker with 4.30:1 gearing for best acceleration. The Shaker hood scoop even had a ram air system for more power on the move.

Ford Torino Cobra (1970) Specifications

Top speed:118 mph (189 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):5.9 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:429 ci (7,030 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:370 bhp (276 kW) @ 5,400 rpm
Max torque:450 lb ft (610 Nm) @ 3,400 rpm
Weight:4,000 lb (1,818 kg)
Economy:12 mpg (4.25 km/I)
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