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This lightweight Ace RS could be AC’s last petrol-powered sports car

AC has been reborn in recent years, but it might be about to go all-electric

Published: 12 Oct 2021
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AC Cars has been announcing different models left, right and centre recently, with everything from V8-engined Cobras to an electric Series 1. There’s also something called the AC Ace RS electric, which dials the EV power back to 308bhp in search of less weight and more of an old-school British sports car feel.

Now though, you can have this – the AC Ace RS. Note the lack of italicised electric wording. 

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Yep, this is a proper new, old-school British sports car, with a 2.3-litre four-cylinder (likely Ford’s EcoBoost) making 350bhp and 325lb ft of torque for a 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds. That’s just 0.3 seconds slower than the electric version, and we already know that EVs accelerate like muck off a garden spade. With added noise, this Ace RS should feel properly rapid. 

Weight helps too, or rather the lack of it. The Ace RS apparently tips the scales at around 1,000kg.

Sad news though, because AC Cars CEO Alan Lubinsky has also suggested that this could be the company’s last-ever petrol-powered sports car. The price? £89,500 with deliveries beginning in summer 2022.

Fancy a new, combustion-engined AC? Niche market sure, but this could be your last chance.
 

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