Here’s a question classic car fans; is it still an AC Cobra without a V8 rumble? IE mag says no, because the V8 is the very essence of the Cobra experience. Raw power, edgy handling, the roar of a muscle car motor from the Mopar glory days when Springsteen was busy dreaming up chords for Born To Run. But let’s be blunt, Councils and governments are hell bent on banning any kind of internal combustion engines, so maybe an electric AC Cobra ticks the looks boxes and lets you waft around making polar bears happy too? It is however, outrageously expensive. Here’s the press info;
The first AC Cobra Series-electric pre-production model is ready for the road! The Series 4 is based on the AC Cobra Mk IV with the bigger of the two Cobra body styles (shared with the Superblower). The new emissions-free models will feature one of strongest specification and performance combinations of any model in the marque’s heritage, setting the cars firmly in the highest echelons of sports car greatness.
AC has introduced a power system for a new age thanks to the input of its Derby-based technical partner Falcon Electric (https://falconelectric.co.uk/). Falcon’s proud description of itself more than hints at its pedigree and ambition: “We are a hard-core technology company with the mission to make electric vehicles exciting. Passion and emotion drive us, electricity and innovation drive our vehicles”.
There are two versions of the AC Cobra Series 4-electric available. Priced at £148,000, plus any on-the-road charges, the fast 230kW version delivers 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, has an estimated range of 190 miles and weighs just 1,190kg. In contrast the 460kW version, priced at £168,000 plus any on-the-road charges, achieves 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds, has an estimated range of over 160 miles and a weight of 1,240kg.
The light weighting process achieved by AC Cars, but not always by its competitors, guarantees an exceptional on-the-road performance and a memorable driving experience for the Series 4–electric.
These are new models in the growing electric AC Cobra range which come in an exclusive palette of specially created colours.
Separately, AC Cars has announced that its AC Cobra Superblower is now being fitted with a 6.2 litre V8 650 bhp, 880 Nm torque engine, as against the previous version of 6.2 litre V8 580 bhp 550 Nm torque engine. The price of the AC Cobra Superblower is £139,500.