The all-new carbon-bodied, V8-engined AC Cobra GT Roadster has arrived
Much-awaited model sheds its silk cover in Tottenham and it’s delicious
The AC Cobra GT Roadster has finally landed. The newest iteration of the iconic Cobra looks pretty and sounds pretty special.
Not least because there's a 'thunderous' V8 underneath. Available in right- or left-hand drive, the 5.0-litre engine comes in either naturally aspirated or supercharged form. The former kicks out a not-so-shy 454bhp and 420 lb ft of torque, while the supercharged version punches out 654bhp and 575lb ft torque, enough to deliver a 0-60mph time of 3.4 seconds — half that of the electric Cobra and its instantaneous torque.
There’s a choice of a six-speed manual, or a 10-speed automatic gearbox equipped with shift paddles.
We already knew the chassis and bodywork would be a combination of carbon-composite clad to an extruded aluminium spaceframe, and now we know it weighs just 1,450kg, despite the fact this new AC Cobra GT Roadster is significantly bigger than the original. Its designers have sought to give the open-topped classic better weight distribution and dynamic handling: they've increased the wheelbase by 30cm, the length by 11cm and widened the stance, too.
Inside, the dials and upholstery of the Cobra GT Roadster are styled for a classic look and those bigger dimensions mean the cabin can accommodate 6ft drivers comfortably.
AC Cars, based out of shiny new digs at Donington Park, plans on building 250 examples per year globally. Though the first year of orders have already been filled, there's still time to get your name on the list for next year. Each customer will have to pony up a not-insignificant £285,000 to get their hands on one. Time to raid the piggy bank.
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