The beautiful new AC Cobra GT Roadster has made its international premiere in London, with confirmed patrons and prospects invited to the unique reveal, because the legendary sports activities automotive makes its sensational return. Hosted on the world-famous Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, simply 25 miles from the place the corporate was first established, the state-of-the- artwork roadster wowed prospects and assembled VIPs because the all-new design was unveiled for the primary time.
Out there in each left and right-hand drive and powered by a thunderous 5.0-liter V8, delivering as much as 663PS, the distinctive automotive encompasses a novel extruded aluminum spaceframe chassis and carbon-composite bodywork to ship a exceptional driving expertise in a extremely limited-production car. Displaying every thing from the enduring and evocative bodywork via to the bespoke inside, the brand new AC Cobra GT Roadster’s premiere allowed prospects to expertise the brand new automotive’s styling, revel within the cabin’s design and meet the crew chargeable for guaranteeing the brand new sports activities automotive upholds the well-known identify’s legacy.
Talking on the premiere, David Conza, Chief Government Officer of AC Automobiles, mentioned: “Our purpose was to surpass the expectations of our esteemed clientele, who’ve grown accustomed to the best in automotive luxurious. The overwhelmingly optimistic suggestions we acquired from the attendees confirms that we’ve nicely and really exceeded these expectations. The AC Cobra GT Roadster is a testomony to our unwavering dedication to excellence. We’re delighted that prospects might be part of us from world wide, and thank them for putting the upmost religion in us.”
Beginning with a clean-sheet design, the AC Cobra GT Roadster is a cutting-edge trendy sports activities automotive, produced utilizing the most recent expertise and engineering processes, but it stays trustworthy to the spirit of the AC Cobra of the Nineteen Sixties. The brand new roadster is the results of a multi-million Euro funding sustained over practically 4 years. Meant to be each stunning and usable as a sports activities automotive, it stays in a category of its personal. Simply 250 examples of the GT Roadster are anticipated to be constructed for worldwide markets yearly, with the primary yr of manufacturing already allotted.
Designed to be absolutely street authorized, out there in left and right-hand drive, and incorporate trendy security options, each facet, from the styling via to ergonomics, has been thought-about. Considerably bigger than the unique AC Cobra, the brand new GT Roadster catches up on 50 years of design evolution. Completely trendy ergonomics means the automotive’s cabin accommodates drivers nicely over six toes tall, whereas the automotive makes use of trendy drivetrain and management applied sciences to validate its grand tourer credentials.
The brand new chassis has a wheelbase of 2570mm, 284 mm longer than the AC Cobra Mk. VI, but the automotive’s general size has grown solely 110mm, as much as 4225mm. The automotive’s observe has additionally been optimized to offer a wider stance, which, together with the automotive’s weight distribution and heart of gravity, drastically advantages dealing with and agility. Extraordinarily gentle and with distinctive torsional rigidity, the extremely superior extruded aluminum spaceframe chassis was designed for an open-top automotive but. Clothed in a flowing carbon-composite physique, which itself weighs below 50kg, the brand new AC Cobra’s curb weight stays below 1450kg.
As soon as once more, the AC Cobra attracts on a formidable V8 engine for the firepower wanted to ship the velocity and soundtrack revered by followers world wide. Out there in two distinct configurations, the brand new GT Roadster comes with both a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 or a supercharged model utilizing the identical modular engine. Growing as much as 654bhp (663PS) and 575 lb-ft (780Nm) – or 454bhp (460PS) and 420 lb-ft (570Nm) in normal configuration – the supercharged GT Roadster is able to sprinting from 0-60mph in simply 3.4sec. Completely complementing the engines, two gearboxes can be found: a 6-speed handbook gearbox for purists or a sophisticated 10-speed computerized gearbox with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.
Befitting such a sophisticated and extremely unique automotive, the AC Cobra GT Roadster’s cabin has acquired as a lot care and devotion as the remainder of the design. That includes bespoke particulars and distinctive hand-finished components unseen within the automotive world earlier than, it underlines AC Automobiles’ dedication to its automobiles going ahead. The design and detailing of the GT Roadster’s leatherwork and fabric rigorously mix superior and extremely resilient materials with conventional supplies, but as soon as once more respects the automotive’s heritage.