RE: AC Cobra 4-electric lineup expanded

RE: AC Cobra 4-electric lineup expanded

Thursday 3rd June

AC Cobra 4-electric lineup expanded

600hp a bit much for your Cobra EV? AC reveals a 300hp variant with increased range



'Fearsome' would probably have sold the reputation of early AC Cobras short, and none have been for the faint-hearted. Even though the new 4-electric promises a very different Cobra experience, with more than 600hp it's still going to demand a level of respect.

Now AC has expanded its Cobra EV range, with a less powerful 4-electric. Where the first 460kW (617hp) model used the larger body like a Superblower, this latest model has half the power (230kW, or 308hp) and employs the smaller Cobra body as used the 289-engined cars.

With less car comes less weight, the 230kW taking 50kg off the 460kW car for a 1,190kg total. AC says that's enough for 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and 190 miles of range, against 3.8 seconds and 160 miles for the more powerful car. AC "guarantees an exceptional on-the-road performance and a memorable driving experience for the Series 4-electric."

Unfortunately, half the power doesn't mean half the cost for the new electric Cobra. With the 460kW kicking off at ยฃ168,000, the 230kW has a starting price of ยฃ148,000; a useful saving, but still ยฃ10k more than the conventional Superblower - now updated with another 70hp from its V8. And it isn't hard to see where the more traditional Cobra appeal lies.

That said, we're all aware that traditional appeal is probably going to have to change somewhat in the near future. "The march of the outstandingly efficient electric AC Cobras is gathering pace now," said Alan Lubinsky, adding, "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 for both the 4-electric models are being taken now, with deliveries expected by the end of the year.





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sidesauce

Original Poster:

1,753 posts

184 months

Thursday 3rd June
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I'm sure many on here will grumble about an EV Cobra but... it's the way of things.

J4CKO

33,870 posts

166 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Yeah, electric, got it, it happens but even for me who is quite pro EV, it does seem to be missing a big part of what a Cobra is, but things change.

But that blue with black stripes and wheels looks properly cool.

Four Litre

1,571 posts

158 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Just find it upsetting (genuinely) what else is there about this car apart from a massive V8.

I'm going for a lay down.

Dave Hedgehog

13,374 posts

170 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Four Litre said:
Just find it upsetting (genuinely) what else is there about this car apart from a massive V8.

I'm going for a lay down.
why? all the real ones are still available for you to buy and even after 2030 you will still be able to make a kit car one providing the V8 and gearbox are pre 2030


anixie

8 posts

63 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Have only driven a Cobra once (replica) which ran a 427+nitro. It wasn't acceleration which I enjoyed most (although it was scary fast), but sound... Something the electric one doesn't really offer. Nothing against electric cars, and I even like the idea of electrical classics, but lets be fair. The biggest appeal of a a Cobra is sound....

TheOctaneAddict

311 posts

13 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Hmm not for me, a cobra without a V8 seems pretty pointless. I like the idea of an EV classic, but only in cars where the engine isn't a standout feature.

Six Potter

5,226 posts

179 months

Thursday 3rd June
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I'm enjoying the dechromed, black wheel look of the Cobra in the first image, very cool.

There seems to be quite a lot of these PH news stories now featuring restomod classics converted to run electric motors, are there really that many car enthusiasts waiting in the wings to buy all these?? Each to their own of course but I'd just find it surprising that there are guys looking wanting to pay good money for a Cobra with an electric motor instead of a V8, who are they? I still don't get it yet, the penny hasn't dropped.

When petrol engines are banned or prohibitively expensive to run then I will have to move with the times, until then I don't see the problem with classic ICE cars especially when they are just for limited mileage recreational use outside of the town/city.

emperorburger

818 posts

32 months

Thursday 3rd June
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They seem a bit light on assets....


pb8g09

887 posts

35 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Going to buck the trend and say that I like this. At least there are some interesting things coming to market on the EV front.

Can't get on with that pricing though.

LexiconUK

13 posts

121 months

Thursday 3rd June
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article said:
this latest model has half the power (230kW, or 308hp) and employs the smaller Cobra body as used the 289-engined cars
They don't look like 289 bodies to me...

romac

258 posts

112 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Great that they are ploughing both furrows at the moment - EV and ICE/V8 - so you get to choose your poison!

scratchchin Been wondering what it would be like if things were the other way round. We had grown up on EV, and someone tries to introduce ICE into the picture. Would we hanker after the silence of EV in the face of these new fancy infernal combustion engines that are noisy, vibrate, spit out fumes and consume a lot of juice even when they are not moving?

Amanitin

322 posts

103 months

Thursday 3rd June
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I love how they managed to produce two identical pictures with the red and the blue cars.
Even the reflections of the clouds on the body are the same!
Professionalism, rigorous attention to detail. Must have been a real pain to wait for those clouds to come around again.

Manic Street Sleeper

156 posts

7 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Amanitin said:
I love how they managed to produce two identical pictures with the red and the blue cars.
Even the reflections of the clouds on the body are the same!
Professionalism, rigorous attention to detail. Must have been a real pain to wait for those clouds to come around again.
They even managed to match up the tyre treads too .....

Venturist

3,274 posts

161 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Six Potter said:
I'm enjoying the dechromed, black wheel look of the Cobra in the first image, very cool.

There seems to be quite a lot of these PH news stories now featuring restomod classics converted to run electric motors, are there really that many car enthusiasts waiting in the wings to buy all these?? Each to their own of course but I'd just find it surprising that there are guys looking wanting to pay good money for a Cobra with an electric motor instead of a V8, who are they? I still don't get it yet, the penny hasn't dropped.

When petrol engines are banned or prohibitively expensive to run then I will have to move with the times, until then I don't see the problem with classic ICE cars especially when they are just for limited mileage recreational use outside of the town/city.
Exactly, is it all a bit of bandwagoning, firms seeing other firms doing it and presuming there’s a market? I’m really not sure who the customer is for this. Lunaz with their electric Rollses and Bentleys make total sense - something like this doesn’t add up to me at all.

Simon Owen

427 posts

100 months

Thursday 3rd June
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pb8g09 said:
Going to buck the trend and say that I like this. At least there are some interesting things coming to market on the EV front.

Can't get on with that pricing though.
Likewise it's very interesting seeing how the market is moving / evolving but crikey the prices being banded around are just eye watering.

benzinbob

327 posts

22 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Love an EV but this is grim.

cobra kid

3,872 posts

206 months

Thursday 3rd June
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No no no.

Equus

11,119 posts

67 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Dave Hedgehog said:
...even after 2030 you will still be able to make a kit car one providing the V8 and gearbox are pre 2030.
Source?

AFAIK, 2030 will be the cut-off date for any new registration of an ICE car, regardless of the date of manufacture of its engine, unless you know different?

Nobody has yet mentioned any exemptions for kit cars, that I'm aware of?

PhantomPH

3,838 posts

191 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Is there still the whole 'fleet average' thing in force? Just thinking how these things may exist on paper, but purely to offset rules that would stop them from being able to deliver the V8 still for a chunk longer.

Genuinely asking - I feel like the seismic shift we have seen in the motoring world recently has come with little in the way of detail...it's just happened because of 'stuff'.

I was just saying this morning, that 'the market' is a powerful force and (almost like lemmings) as soon as demand is evident, every supplier jumps as fast as possible. Perhaps AC know that if they want to stand any chance of being around in a few years time (never mind 2030>), they have to be able to get a product line that keeps money coming in the door.

NDNDNDND

1,323 posts

149 months

Thursday 3rd June
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romac said:
Great that they are ploughing both furrows at the moment - EV and ICE/V8 - so you get to choose your poison!

scratchchin Been wondering what it would be like if things were the other way round. We had grown up on EV, and someone tries to introduce ICE into the picture. Would we hanker after the silence of EV in the face of these new fancy infernal combustion engines that are noisy, vibrate, spit out fumes and consume a lot of juice even when they are not moving?
You mean like about a hundred years ago, when EVs were quite common and lost out to ICE cars because they were more practical?