DSCN2330 (2)LAS VEGAS, NV–The King Cobra has been a legendary name in Ford performance for decades. The King Cobra dates back to 1963 when Carroll Shelby first stuffed a hi-po 289 engine into a Monaco Ford, but Ford hasn’t actually used the King Cobra name since the late-1970s when it offered the V8-powered Mustang II King Cobra.

Now it’s back!

Ford revealed the brand-new 2015 Mustang King Cobra at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas today. This King Cobra has been tuned to produce over 600 horsepower–enough to propel it to  under 11-second time slips at 128 miles-per-hour in recent testing, according to Ford officials.

“This is what you get when you take one of everything from our parts catalog,” Ford Racing Director Jamie Allison said.

The 2015 Mustang King Cobra features black, gold, and red paint, Recaro seats, a short-throw shifter, custom wheels and tires, and–of course–the legendary King Cobra graphic on the hood.

And for good measure, Ford brought out a real king to put the exclamation point on the unveiling.

Richard Petty posed for pictures next to the car at the end of the press conference.

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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.