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AC Cobra MkIV

AC Cobra MkIV

The original AC Ace, modified by Shelby American to produce the AC Cobra in 1962, was every inch a muscle machine. In the mid-1980s AC Cars of Surrey, England, was emulating those early cars with a modern version of the Cobra, the MklV. Still using a Mustang V8, this time it was the Phase 3 Mustang's 5.0 HO motor with sequential fuel injection and a lightweight engine block to keep the weight down. Through a manual gearbox it gave the MklV almost the same acceleration as the original car, but with more fuel economy and better road manners. Underneath there were double wishbones front and rear to keep the suspension quick reacting, while 11-inch (280mm) discs provided awesome stopping ability on the roadster. Inside the car was hardly different even after all those years, with the bare minimum of analogue dials required just to keep the driver informed.

AC Cobra MkIV Specifications

Top speed:135 mph (216 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):5.3 sec
Engine Type:V8
Displacement:302 ci (4,942 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:225 bhp (168 kW) @ 4,200 rpm
Max torque:300lb ft (406 Nm) @ 3,200 rpm
Weight:2,468 lb (1,122 kg)
Economy:17 mpg (6 km/I)

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