2011 AC Cobra MkVI introduced at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 1, 2011

When it comes to world heritage vehicle brands, AC cars has been known to be one of the most prestigious and oldest. This year, it will be celebrating its 110th year and this will be commemorated by unveiling the 2011 AC MkVI during the Geneva Show.

This high-performance muscle car follows in the tradition of the well-known Cobra family and paired with the outstanding build quality Germans are known for plus being equipped with the classic American V8 engine, the same 430 bhp unit inside the Corvette. The design for the brand’s latest model makes use of a number of minute features while maintaining the dynamic capability that has long motivated many motoring enthusiasts for more than 50 years.

Starting price for the AC MkVI is at €109,000 plus taxes. The new model can be viewed at the brand’s stand (No. 1035). For those who have who long been planning to buy from AC, there is another bit of good news. In particular, the brand reveals that there are currently three car manufacturers located in the U.S. and Europe that are responsible for making top quality AC-badged cars. These are not kit cars or even replicas.

Rather, these are hand-crafted reproductions of iconic AC cars whose prowess is easily confirmed by legitimate car enthusiasts around the world. In the U.K., the brand will be putting up an AC Heritage Centre. It will be located at Surrey and at the top of the well-known Brooklands test hill, merely a few feet away from the famous banked tracks. This facility was made possible through Steve Gray, known to many as the person behind Brooklands Motor Company, the popular car restoration company.

This Heritage Center is scheduled to be formally opened sometime later this year. The brand expects that it will announce a collection of AC cars that will be manufactured at two sites in Brooklands while AC Cars and artifacts will be exhibited at the Brooklands Museum Complex.

The second facility is located in Germany where AC Germany has started with the manufacture of AC MkVI. Known for recreating the Gullwing Mercedes coupe, this company has a strong reputation especially when it comes to the skills of its workforce in the Dresden facility. It has also been one of the most popular heritage car suppliers for many years now. Finally in the U.S., Iconic Motors was the one who took on the AC brand, especially for the Iconic AC Roadster, an ultra-high performance car.

Under its hood is the Detroit 6.8-liter V8 engine which can deliver output at 825 bhp with maximum torque at 680 lb.-ft. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes less than 3 seconds with maximum speed at 210 mph. Since its start 110 years ago, the brand has become synonymous in building lightweight sports cars that show excellent craftsmanship and impressive British pedigree.

The brand has a long racing history with victories on the race circuits from Le Mans up to Palm Beach. Created by a family of then London butchers, it became part of Ford Motor Company for a time. Releases from the brand have long been observed to be attractive and for this year at the Geneva Show, it will also be displaying the AC Ace, the model that later became the well-known AC Cobra.

Alan Lubinsky, AC Cars Limited Chairman, shared that over the past months, the company made it a point to keep a low profile as it was working with AC family members around the world to bring new life into the brand. The company is expected to announce any additional developments for 2011, he added.

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