Last December, AC Cars announced that it was planning to bring back its iconic roadster, the very same car that inspired Carroll Shelby to create the iconic Shelby Cobra. However, the new AC Cobra GT Roadster – as it’s officially known, is a thoroughly modernized version of that old machine, designed to be more of a grand tourer than a stripped-down racer, thanks to the presence of many amenities. Now, just a few weeks after we caught our first glimpse of the AC Cobra GT Roadster, the new model has been officially revealed.
The new Cobra is available in both left- and right-hand drive, combining an extruded aluminum spaceframe chassis and carbon-composite bodywork to keep it as light as possible, in spite of the addition of modern amenities and safety features. Though it’s a clean-sheet design, there’s no mistaking the new AC Cobra GT for what it is – a recreation of its classic predecessor, but it’s significantly larger in terms of overall dimensions as well – 110mm (4.33 inches) longer, in fact.
Regardless, the new Cobra remains relatively light at 1,450 kilograms (3,196 pounds), and it haas plenty of firepower under its hood as well – buyers can choose from either a naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote engine or a supercharged variant. The former cranks out 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, while the latter offers up 663 horsepower and 575 pound-feet, which flows to the wheels via either a six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic. Performance is brisk, with the supercharged Cobra doing 0-60 in around 3.4 seconds.
AC is building just 250 units of the new Cobra GT Roadster this year, all of which have already been spoken for, though it will churn out another 250 per year for the foreseeable future. Those interesting in securing their open-air, modern slice of muscle are able to do so now, however.
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A nice homage to the past, updated, but something the “average driver” will likely be unable to afford…particularly in the quantities stated.
For those of us in the peasant class there are the kit cars. I keep thinking about a Factory Five with a Godzilla V8 hooked to a nice M5 or M6 Tremec and an IR intake.
Wow, that’s a nice car!
How about driving school REQUIRED?????
Id rather see a Godzilla in it!