AC Cars to Produce the MKVI, a Reincarnated AC Cobra
The UK’s AC Cars recently showed its latest version of the classic Cobra, called the MKVI. It looks identical to the original, but shouldn’t be nearly as frightening to drive.
The MKVI follows the same formula as the original Cobra: stick a massively powerful engine into a lightweight car and see what happens. This time, it uses modern technology to make the car more fun to drive.
Using the Corvette’s 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine, the MKVI is available with 437 hp in the GT car and 647 hp in the up-level GTS. Keep in mind the 2050 lb curb weight, and the performance should be pretty incredible. AC Cars claims a 0-to-62 mph time of just 3.3 seconds for the MKVI GTS.
The MKVI should be able to stop as well as it goes thanks to Porsche four-pot brakes with 13-inch vented discs in the front and 12-inch vented discs at the rear. No information about the suspension was released other than saying it is “race-derived but suitably adapted to be road compliant.”
Unlike classic Cobras that have a spartan interior, the MKVI will be “luxurious and comfortable.” It will feature German carpets and leather hides from the German company Gullwing GmbH, AC Cars’ partner for MKVI production. The new version of the Cobra will also feature a removable lightweight hardtop with small gullwing doors so the driver and passenger can enter and exit the car more easily than some other lightweight performance cars on the market.
The car will be officially launched in Monaco at the Top Marques car show on April 16th. Unfortunately, no word was given on whether the MKVI would be brought to the U.S., or how much it will cost.