The legendary Shelby Cobra is here.. AC Cars, released with high power and retro

British AC Cars have unveiled a new legendary sports car, the Cobra. The company claims to be “the oldest British brand that owns the Cobra name and is now 122 years old.”

The styling isn’t much different from the 1965 Shelby Cobra. The oval grille, round headlights, iconic long hood, and flared wheel arches are like looking at classic sports car models. However, if you look closely, it has melted modern technology well. Unlike the thin pillar pillars of the past, the windshield frame is quite thick for safety, and the door handles have been changed to flat. Carbon fiber was used on the fenders and rocker panels, and LED DRLs were fitted to the retro round headlights.


The interior is hard to see in photos, but you can spot a modern steering wheel with analog and digital displays. While the exterior remains classic, ride comfort, safety, technology, and power have been further enhanced. Electric windows, air conditioning, infotainment system, etc. will be provided as standard or optional.

There was a limited edition AC Cobra with an electric powertrain in 2020, but the new Cobra’s engine is a V8 petrol. The supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine is supplied by Ford. This engine produces a maximum output of 663 horsepower (PS) and a maximum torque of 780 Nm. You can choose between a 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission. It is the same unit as the Ford Mustang GT but has been tuned to produce more power.


The powerful engine accelerates the car lightly, with an empty vehicle weight of just 1,500 kg. It reaches 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 278 km/h.

The new aluminum space frame supporting the engine and transmission was specially manufactured by an experienced Italian specialist. The length has increased by 110mm to 4,225mm, and the wheelbase is 2,750mm, which is 284mm longer than the previous AC Cobra, so even tall drivers can ride with confidence.


After the world premiere in London in April this year, sales will begin next year in the UK. As it is completed by hand, options and some changes are determined by the owner’s choice. Prices start at £285,000 (approximately 446 million won).

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