AC Cobra roadster range to gain turbo V4, electric spec soon
AC Cars has unveiled two new modifications of its Cobra roadster model, and both warrant a close examination because of their unique features. The launch celebrates 58 years from the release of Carroll Shelby’s first vehicle.
Until now, the niche automaker only produced Cobra 378, a classical open-top car with a naturally aspirated, GM-branded V8 under the hood. Today, the model gains turbo and all-electric versions.
The first of the two is called AC Cobra 140 Charter Edition and comes powered by the 2.3-liter Ford EcoBoost engine rated at 350 hp (261 kW) and 440 Nm (325 lb-ft) of torque. Getting from standstill to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes around six seconds. The number in the model name corresponds to the displacement room in cubic inches.
The other one goes by the name AC Cobra Series 1 Electric and packs a high-end electric motor capable of 313 hp (233 kW) and 500 Nm (370 lb-ft) of torque. Connected to a 54-kWh battery, the mill takes the car to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and keeps it going for approximately 240 kilometers (149 miles) before charging becomes necessary. At 1,250 kg (2,755 lbs), this version weighs in at 150 kg (330 lbs) above its petrol counterpart, which explains its upgraded brakes and steering.
On the outside, both vehicles look identical to their source of inspiration from the early 1960s era (watch the video for proof). Each will emerge in a series of 58 units priced starting from £85,000 (petrol) and £138,000 (electric). Shipments will begin in the end of the year, AC Cars claims.
Editor Andrew Raspopov