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News Legendary AC Cobra Reborn With Massive Electric Power

Legendary AC Cobra Reborn With Massive Electric Power

Swapping the V8 for electric motors hasn't slowed the AC Cobra down, only quieted it


  • The only visual difference is the absence of side-pipes and V8 noises.

  • Available power range from 308- to 617 horsepower.

  • Range varies from 160- to 190 miles.


The AC Cobra, or simply “Cobra”, is known for its serious power and speed, and Earth-shattering engine noises. The recipe behind this car’s success is as simple as they get: dropping a big engine into a small lightweight car for much speed. Today, however, there’s a better way.

AC Cobra Series 4 electric | Photo: AC cars

Writing the last few words in the previous sentence seems blasphemous but in 2021, it’s a fact. The slowest version, the one with a single rear-mounted electric motor, will reach 62mph (100km/h) from a standstill in only 4.9 seconds. This version offers 190 miles (305 km) of range and is priced from £148,000.

The kicker is the dual-motor version which, for an extra £20,000, will provide users with 617 horsepower, enough to launch the AC Cobra Series 4 to 62mph (100km/h) from not in a scant 3.8 seconds. This version suffers a 300mile range loss at 160 miles (257 km) of range but no one will really complain.

AC Cobra Series 4 electric | Photo: AC cars

The key to the performance is also weight. As reported by AutoExpress, the AC Cobra Series 4’s electric motors, motors, inverters and everything associated with the electric powertrain weigh the same as the V8 and transmission. Thus, the electric AC Cobra tips the scale at only 1,240kg.

Should you still be interested in good ol’ petrol power, AC cars will happily sell you an upgraded version of the current AC Cobra Superblower complete with a more powerful supercharged 6.2-litre V8 that produces 650 horsepower and 649 lb.-ft. of torque.

AC Cobra Series 4 electric | Photo: AC cars

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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