AC Cars has revealed its reimagined Cobra GT Roadster, ahead of the first customer deliveries in 2024.
The new AC Cobra GT Roadster is designed to be fully road-legal, with production limited to an undisclosed amount.
It’s expected to cost £285,000 (~A$500,000) including taxes in the UK. Pricing will vary depending on the exchange rates and taxes in the country of delivery, naturally.
Powering the reborn Cobra GT Roadster is a Ford-sourced 5.0-litre Coyote supercharged V8 engine producing 487kW of power and 780Nm of torque.
This is mated to either a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission, with drive sent exclusively to the rear wheels.
The London-based company claims the roadster will be able to sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds and flat out you’ll be doing 278km/h.
The new Cobra GT Roadster uses an extruded aluminium space frame chassis, developed specifically for it by Icona Design Group and Cecomp Spa in Italy.
AC claims the chassis is extremely light and stiff, with “exception torsional rigidity”. It allows for better packaging for the engine, steering,and suspension components.
This Cobra GT Roadster is the largest Cobra yet, measuring in at 4300mm long, 1960mm wide, and 1400mm wide with a 2570mm wheelbase. It’s also the heaviest Cobra yet, weighing at in at 1400kg.
The roadster has a silhouette that’ll be instantly recognisable as a Cobra. There are 21-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and tail lights, twin exhaust pipes, and side mirrors.
AC hasn’t revealed any details photos of the Cobra GT Roadster’s interior but has said features like electric windows, climate control, and an infotainment system with satellite navigation will be standard.
There’ll also be a a so-called “Advanced Driver Information Center” made up of analogue and digital instruments that will show “all relevant engine information in direct eyeline”.
The carmaker has said it will detail a full list of options for the Cobra GT Roadster at its launch in April 2023.
The Cobra nameplate dates back to the 1960s and was produced in both the UK and the US. In the latter of these markets it was known as the Shelby Cobra.
The overall two-door roadster design of the Cobra remains largely unchanged since its 1962 debut, though under the bonnet there have been a number of powertrains used.