AC teams up with Zagato to create the 378 GT

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 10, 2012

The new AC 378 GT Zagato has recently been launched with deliveries set to start sometime in the middle of 2012. The Anglo-Italian AC brand has been around for around 111 years. The new AC 378 GT Zagato would be its latest in its long list of collaborations with the very finest British car manufacturers during the 93 years history of the Milanese Atelier.

Aside from the AC, there are also Aston Martin, Bentley, Bristol, Jaguar, MG, Rolls-Royce and Rover. AC and Zagato first collaborated in 1957, resulting to the AC Ace Bristol Zagato one-off, a pure racing GT Berlinetta that’s now known as an instant classic in the AC model portfolio.

It had the usual Zagato double-bubble roof and was powered by a 2 litre inline-6 engine. This in-demand car will return to Pebble Beach 2012 for a special event on AC Cars. At this momentous association, the AC 378 GT Zagato and the AC Ace Bristol Zagato will be presented. The AC 378 Zagato's manufacturing facility is based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, which is where 10 AC 378 GT Zagato pre-production units were completed after a two-year period of testing.

The layout of this cockpit is totally defined by perfectly matching the body's smooth lines, according to the Zagato's minimal design cues. For the entire year of 2011, the AC 378 GT Zagato was subjected to heavy track testing so that handling and performance could be optimized and so that its response could be maximized with the help of an ideal power-to-weight ratio.

Already, AC and Zagato are planning a new roadster concept that follows the tradition of the instant classic roadster. This means that this design isn’t just taken from the coupe version but is actually more in line with the heritage of the classic Cobra. It’s expected to be a lot different from the AC 378 GT Zagato Coupé. Pricing starts at €109,990!

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