Iconic AC Cobra reborn as EV

AC Cars’ Cobra is joining the modern era, with two new special variants, including an electric version.

Specialist British brand AC Cars has launched two limited-edition versions of the iconic Cobra roadster – including the first-ever battery-powered version.

Joining the recent trend of electrifying classic models for the new age, the AC Cobra Series 1 electric is claimed to be visually identical to the 1962 original. Just 58 will be made (a reference to that date) at a price of £138,000 (AU$248,000).

It’s powered by a 230kW front-mounted electric motor mated to a 54kWh battery pack. AC Cars claims a range of around 241km is possible, with a 0-100km/h time of 6.7sec and a 193km/h top speed. Despite the substantial weight this system adds it’s claimed to tip the scales at under 1250kg, partly thanks to its composite body.

The traditional ladder frame chassis remains, albeit adapted to fit the new drivetrain. AC has also uprated the steering and brakes to “provide ultimate 2020 standards of ride and handling which do not compromise the 1962 style and appeal”. The interior will retain “traditional” features, and four colours are available. Deliveries will start at the end of the year.

Also available is the AC Cobra 140 Charter Edition. Again, it looks pretty much exactly like the original, but uses a Ford Mustang-derived 2.3-litre turbo four-cylinder engine putting out 261kW.This translates to a 0-100km/h of six seconds dead and a 193km/h top speed.

The Charter Edition is, unsurprisingly, far cheaper than the EV version, with a retail price of £85,000 (AU$153,000). Again, just 58 versions will be produced, though a wider suite of colours is offered.

Lawrence Allan

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