It’s always amazing to see iconic cars being reinstated. The AC Cobra has had been in and out of production for about six decades. When we say powerful, we mean the most powerful, as the vehicle has got a 580bhp supercharged V8. It’s not the first reinstated car from the brand, we have seen several before from the firm that’s looking forward to its 120th anniversary.
This car is the flagship model in this range, which includes an all-electric version as well, and it follows the reinstated 378 Cobra that arrived 3 years ago. And just like the other versions, the car’s body and chassis were built at the factory in South Africa, which then come to the UK, where it gets the drivetrain and final touches.
There are some important changes in the car’s design, but as a whole, it’s pretty similar to the original model. Its body is made of composite and not aluminum, just like all the other models. You might not appreciate this if you are a purist, but the body has got a nice finish. An interesting thing is that it saves a significant amount on the price even though it has added 20kg to the curb weight.
But that’s not all the enthusiasts would be worried about, another thing that can turn their stomach is the fact the vehicle hasn’t got a Ford engine. It comes with LSA V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette. The engine can develop 575bhp and 550lb-ft of torque. There’s a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox that transfers the power to the rear wheels. The bodywork is not the only impressive thing, the engine installation is admirable too.
Its price won’t come as cheap to many, but it’s still a fair price for a hand-crafted car with limited models. The amazing finish can be enough to justify the price, and if try to match it with the modern machines, you would be losing the point. It’s a great car and can make your trips even more memorable, so if you can afford it, you should certainly consider it.