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AC Cobra GT Roadster Officially Debuts With Coyote V8 Power

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.

AC Cobra GT Roadster - Exterior 001 - Front

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.

AC Cobra GT Roadster - Interior 001

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 Cobra GT Roadster - Exterior 003 - Rear Three Quarters

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.

We’ll have more on the AC Cobra GT Roadster soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Cobra news and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mark B

    A nice homage to the past, updated, but something the “average driver” will likely be unable to afford…particularly in the quantities stated.

    1. Lealand

      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.

  2. John

    Wow, that’s a nice car!

  3. Don

    How about driving school REQUIRED?????

  4. wayne guess


  5. Ronnie Sandoval

    Yes they meaning Ford that’s always has a better idea. Like they say. Should mass production of theses little gems. They can beat the dodge hell kat And install a super charger ,cooler. With a lighter car. Yes it sounds silly. Add air. Because the kat has and also add a automatic top. Ok Ford this is where you need to start picking up the money train are you aboard. Ronnie Sandoval Las Vegas nv. Let’s roll and get with the real program


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