AC Cars, the British car builders behind the legendary AC 427 Cobra, has unveiled the latest iteration of the iconic lightweight racecar: the Cobra MkVI.
Sporting gullwing doors courtesy of German firm Gullwing GmbH, this gloriously retro sportscar is aimed at selling to all those interested in purchasing a replica Cobra or Cobra Kit-Car; a market of 1,500 new purchases in America each year.
AC’s Chairman, Alan Lubinsky believes the genuine article will prove to be an extremely enticing proposition for enthusiasts around the world.
“Why would anyone buy a replica when they can own an authentic AC roadster that is lighter and better and has been engineered and built to such demanding standards?”
Running a 6.2 litre Corvette V8, the new AC will flaunt power outputs of either 326 kw for the base GT model, or a whopping supercharged 482kw for the uprated GTS.
Bear in mind, this car only weighs a miniscule 1,025 kg, and all power is fed only to the rear wheels. With a BHP/Tonne ratio of 641 for the GTS, even the super-light Caterham Seven R500 pales a little in comparison to this monster.
Four-pot callipers and ventilated discs sourced from Porsche will attempt to slow this car down. A modern, fully triangulated and jig-welded spaceframe, coupled with race-derived suspension will aim to give a true sportscar performance on road and track.
Straight-line performance for the Mk VI is judged at 3.3 seconds from 0-100 km/h, but a top speed has not been announced as yet. Earlier AC Cobras were already eclipsing 300 km/h in the 1960’s, so expect anything.
Built in Germany, the AC Cobra Mk VI will be distributed throughout Europe by a network being compiled in the coming months.
The new Cobra will be launched at the Top Marques Car Show at Monaco on April 16th.