6.2-litre V8 Corvette engine and Porsche brakes for new AC
13 April 2009

AC Cars has unveiled its latest incarnation of the classic Cobra. It's called the MKVI and has a Corvette engine and Porsche brakes.

AC Cars has joined into a “long-term strategic alliance” with German company Gullwing GmbH, which will be building the new cars at its factory in Heyda.

The MKVI will be handmade, with a part-aluminium body placed over a triangulated, jig-welded spaceframe chassis.

One engine will be offered, a Corvette 6.2-litre V8, with 437bhp for the GT and 647bhp for the GTS.

With a kerbweight of 1025kg performance should be impressice; the company quotes quotes a 0-62mph time for the GTS of just 3.3 seconds.

Little is known about exact suspension settings, AC Cars simply saying it will be “race-derived but suitably adapted to be road compliant”.

Porsche four-pot brakes with vented discs – 332mm front, 298mm rear – provide the stopping power.

The cars will feature a “luxurious and comfortable” interior with German carpets and leather hides.

AC says the MKVI is based on the Le Mans-winning Cobra and features an integrated lightweight hardtop.

Small gullwings above the doors lift up to ease access, although the car can also be used as a full convertible.

Juergen Mohr, CEO of Gullwing, said: “For over a century AC has built cars with superb engineering, old world craftsmanship and classic designs. We feel extremely honoured that we can now be part of the future of the brand.”

The MKVI will be launched at the Top Marques car show in Monaco on 16 April.

Join the debate


24 June 2013

Let us see the bare photos of the convertible.

The hardtop totally spoils the the whole design.............

Mine was one of the last of the Ace models.  All curves................

The 289 has subtle changes to the wheel arches and is the proper Classic Cobra.



Malo Mori Quam Foedari

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?
  • Audi A7 front
    First Drive
    14 March 2018
    The new Audi A7 Sportback looks the part, but how does the new Mercedes-Benz CLS rival cope on UK roads? We find out