AC Cars has launched an electric Cobra known as the Series 4–electric, a car the company describes as a “close relation” to the Cobra 378 Superblower.
The Series 4 is based on the AC Cobra Mk IV with the bigger of the two Cobra body styles (shared with the Superblower) while the new Series 1 is based on the AC Cobra 289 MkII petrol-engined version which used the smaller body.
According to AC, the new “emissions-free” models will feature one of the strongest specification and performance combinations of any model in the marque’s heritage.
Two versions of the AC Cobra Series 4-electric are available. Priced at £148,000 (A$272,000), plus on road charges, the 230kW version delivers 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds, has an estimated range of 190 miles (306 km) and weighs 1,190kg. The 460kW version, priced at £168,000 (A$309,000) plus on road charges, achieves 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds, has an estimated range of more than 160 miles (257 km) and weighs 1,240kg.
“The march of the outstandingly efficient electric AC Cobras is gathering pace now,” said AC Cars chief executive, Alan Lubinsky. “Eliminating excess weight brings with it positive benefits for the car’s owner. Lower overall weight reduces energy consumption, allowing the batteries to deliver a longer range and the ability to drive the car to AC’s traditional high standards for speed and acceleration, which the marque has achieved over many years”.
Reservations are being taken on the AC Cars website, with the first customer deliveries of cars, which come in an exclusive palette of specially created colours, expected in late 2021.
AC also announced that the Superblower is being fitted with a 6.2 litre V8 650 bhp (485 kW), 880 Nm torque engine, an upgrade from its previously fitted 6.2 litre V8 580 bhp (433 kW), 550 Nm torque engine. The price of the AC Cobra Superblower is £139,500 (A$256,722).