AC Cars announces all new AC Cobra GT roadster

The AC Cobra GT roadster, a brand-new and coveted sports car that will be formally unveiled in spring 2023, has received its first details and images from AC Cars, Britain’s oldest operating automobile manufacturer.

Inheriting a profile rightly regarded as legendary but delivering a revolution in design for the 61-year-old model, the new AC Cobra GT roadster is the result of three years’ intense investment and development. Focused on producing the most advanced Cobra ever, AC Cars is scheduled to unveil its exclusive new sports car in London in 2023, as the marque prepares to celebrate its 122nd year.

Conceived as a true grand tourer, combining speed, agility, and balance with comfort and practicality, the AC Cobra GT roadster will provide a new level of refinement. Working with leading industry suppliers for its design and development, the construction of the new car heralds the return of European production for the company’s vehicles.

The new AC Cobra GT roadster
With an unmistakable shape and unique construction, the AC Cobra GT roadster will be the reserve of discerning clientele. Meticulously engineered to be exceptional, the new roadster combines cutting-edge material and manufacturing technologies to produce limited-production sports cars that will be commissioned to clients’ tastes. With a range of options inspired by the brand’s heritage, as well as a bespoke service creating unique vehicles, each owner can stamp their personality on their Cobra.

With an extruded aluminum space frame chassis developed specifically for the new AC Cobra GT roadster by partners Icona Design Group and Cecomp Spa in Italy, the two-seater will provide the performance, handling, and soundtrack that the Cobra name is famous for. With a V8 engine developing up to 654 bhp (663 PS) and 575 lb-ft (780 Nm) and the choice of a 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic gearbox in a car weighing under 1500 kg, acceleration will be nothing less than spectacular, with a 0-60 mph sprint of approximately 3.6 seconds.

The development of an all-new and highly advanced vehicle architecture, as well as a hand-finished manufacturing process, means the AC Cobra GT roadster will set a benchmark in production detail and build quality. With a 2570mm wheelbase, the new AC Cobra GT roadster is the largest AC Cobra yet, but thanks to excellent torsional rigidity, it combines refinement with a performance-oriented ride and handling. Designed for everyday usability and comfort, features include air conditioning, electric windows, sophisticated in-car entertainment, and the option of a removable hardtop.

Prices and the full specification of the all-new AC Cobra GT roadster will be confirmed at its unveiling.

Clients can register their interest in the new AC Cobra GT roadster now at or email [email protected].

The future of AC Cars
AC Cars announced Swiss entrepreneur David Conza as its new CEO in May this year, alongside his continued investment in AC Cars’ parent company, Acedes Holdings, LLC. Alan Lubinsky, who has led the famous British sports car company for the last 27 years, remains chairman as the marque continues to develop its next generation of sports cars.

An investor in AC Cars since 2019 and its COO since December that year, Conza has an established track record as a successful entrepreneur and investor in different international venture companies outside of the automotive sector.

Three years in development, the multi-million pound project to develop the AC Cobra GT roadster will see AC Cars (England) Ltd. responsible for the build of cars, with production returning to Europe.

AC Cars and the legacy of the AC Cobra
Inextricably linked with the legendary sports car of the 1960s, AC Cars will be reaffirming its rights to the Cobra name when it unveils the new AC Cobra GT roadster next year.

AC Cars is the legitimate owner of the “AC Cobra” trademark for new cars in the UK, Europe, and key markets around the world. Fiercely protecting the authenticity of genuine AC-badged cars and the investment its customers make, the company has fought off imitators or companies passing their products off as genuine.

AC Cars was an original partner in the Cobra project, and the manufacturer of all original AC Cobra chassis in the 1960s. Modifying the existing AC Ace, which had already been altered to accommodate the 2.6-liter Ford Zephyr engine in early 1961 at the factory in Thames Ditton, the first chassis (CSX2000) was shipped to the United States 12 months later in 1962. AC Cars has evolved, manufactured and sold the AC Cobra to customers around the world since then.

New AC Cobra GT Roadster Exterior Revealed, Debut Coming In April.

New AC Cobra GT Roadster makes sensational global premiere in London.

New AC Cobra GT Roadster Photo Gallery

The stunning new AC Cobra GT Roadster has made its global premiere in London, with confirmed buyers and customers invited to the exclusive reveal, as the legendary sports car makes its sensational return.

Hosted at the world-famous Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, just 25 miles from where the company was first established, the state-of-the- art roadster wowed customers and assembled VIPs as the all-new design was unveiled for the first time.

Available in both left and right-hand drive and powered by a thunderous 5.0-litre V8, delivering up to 663PS, the unique car features a novel extruded aluminum spaceframe chassis and carbon-composite bodywork to deliver a remarkable driving experience in a highly limited-production vehicle.

Showing everything from the iconic and evocative bodywork through to the bespoke interior, the new AC Cobra GT Roadster’s premiere allowed customers to experience the new car’s styling, revel in the cabin’s design and meet the team responsible for ensuring the new sports car upholds the famous name’s legacy.

Speaking at the premiere, David Conza, Chief Executive Officer of AC Cars, said: "Our goal was to surpass the expectations of our esteemed clientele, who have grown accustomed to the finest in automotive luxury. The overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from the attendees confirms that we have well and truly exceeded those expectations. The AC Cobra GT Roadster is a testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence. We are delighted that customers could join us from around the world, and thank them for placing the upmost faith in us.”

The brand new AC Cobra GT Roadster
Starting with a clean-sheet design, the AC Cobra GT Roadster is a cutting-edge modern sports car, produced using the latest technology and engineering processes, yet it remains faithful to the spirit of the AC Cobra of the 1960s.

The new roadster is the result of a multi-million Euro investment sustained over nearly four years. Intended to be both beautiful and usable as a sports car, it remains in a class of its own. Just 250 examples of the GT Roadster are expected to be built for worldwide markets every year, with the first year of production already allocated.

Designed to be fully road legal, available in left and right-hand drive, and incorporate modern safety features, every aspect, from the styling through to ergonomics, has been considered.

Significantly larger than the original AC Cobra, the new GT Roadster catches up on 50 years of design evolution. Thoroughly modern ergonomics means the car’s cabin accommodates drivers well over six-feet tall, while the car utilises modern drivetrain and control technologies to validate its grand tourer credentials.

The new chassis has a wheelbase of 2570mm, 284 mm longer than the AC Cobra Mk. VI, yet the car’s overall length has grown only 110mm, up to 4225mm. The car’s track has also been optimised to give a wider stance, which, along with the car’s weight distribution and centre of gravity, drastically benefits handling and agility.

Extremely light and with exceptional tortional rigidity, the highly advanced extruded aluminium spaceframe chassis was designed for an open-top car yet. Clothed in a flowing carbon-composite body, which itself weighs under 50kg, the new AC Cobra’s kerb weight remains under 1450kg.

Once again, the AC Cobra draws on a formidable V8 engine for the firepower needed to deliver the speed and soundtrack respected by fans around the world. Available in two distinct configurations, the new GT Roadster comes with either a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 or a supercharged version using the same modular engine.

Developing up to 654bhp (663PS) and 575lb ft (780Nm) - or 454bhp (460PS) and 420lb ft (570Nm) in standard configuration - the supercharged GT Roadster is capable of sprinting from 0-60mph in just 3.4sec. Perfectly complementing the engines, two gearboxes are available: a 6-speed manual gearbox for purists or an advanced 10-speed automatic gearbox with steering-wheel mounted shift paddles.

Befitting such an advanced and highly exclusive car, the AC Cobra GT Roadster’s cabin has received as much care and devotion as the rest of the design. Featuring bespoke details and unique hand finished elements unseen in the automotive world before, it underlines AC Cars’ commitment to its vehicles going forward.

The design and detailing of the GT Roadster’s leatherwork and upholstery carefully blends advanced and highly resilient fabrics with traditional materials, yet once again respects the car’s heritage.

The car is now available to order for clients worldwide, and customers can schedule a personal consultation with a member of the team, as well as reserve their new AC Cobra GT Roadster