The revival we’ve all been waiting for is here: after years of relegation to replicas and models, the AC Cobra GT Roadster is finally real. With all its original 60s glamour and the comforts of 2023 technologies, AC has announced some key features about the dream car ahead of April’s official unveiling.
The Cobra wouldn’t be the Cobra without its original long bonnet and proportions, yet much of what we know so far points understandably to many modernisations. The car’s new body has widened, with an extra 110mm in length and wider tracks. It also has a thicker windscreen, standard door mirrors, and 21-inch centre lock wheels. Additionally, we are gaining retro-style LED light units while losing the traditional chrome trim of the original 60s design. The body comprises lightweight carbon composite panels, while an extruded aluminium chassis sets the GT roadster apart from the original Cobra design. This stiffer frame, combined with the reworked suspension, reportedly allows for smooth and responsive handling.
Given the powerhouse that the GT Roadster is predicted to be, smooth handling will be vital. It has a 5.0 litre Ford V8 engine, which is predicted to be in a range of states up to 654bhp, though we will have to wait until the unveiling next month to get actual confirmation. The V8 drives the rear wheels through a 10-speed automatic gearbox or a 6-speed manual one. The GT Roadster can go from 0 to 62mph in an impressive 3.4 seconds, a second less than the classic Shelby Cobra’s 4.4 seconds.
Not only has the GT Roadster had an upgrade to the outside and the engine, but to the car’s interior too. Inside, there is an oval-shaped painted dashboard and a modern steering wheel. All detailing inside has been hand finished, including what are thought to be carbon-backed bucket seats – though this detail about the seats is still unconfirmed. The tech savvy among us has nothing to fear – despite its retro history this Cobra is definitely one worthy of the 21st century. With electric windows, a digital driver display, satellite navigation and climate control, the GT Roadster has a full suite of luxuries to ensure that it truly is a means of travelling in style.
The buzz surrounding the GT Roadster is strong, and this is an announcement that has many petrolheads on the edge of their seats with anticipation – so much so that many customers have already reserved the car, despite limited details and no promise of anything roadworthy coming out of AC’s UK and German facilities before 2024. One thing is for certain though – many Cobra fans, and classic car fans, are holding bated breath in anticipation of April’s official unveiling. We only hope that it exceeds our wildest expectations.
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