But there's no V8 rumble.
The front-engine, rear wheel drive V8 sports car is an institution that still thrives to this day, despite mounting pressure from governments and environmental lobbyists to ban gas-powered cars altogether. One of the most famous V8 sports cars of all time has to be the iconic Shelby Cobra, which was powered by a Ford V8. This American icon was preceded by the AC Ace roadster built by AC Cars (hence the name AC Cobra), and the company still manufactures cars today. But you won't hear the thunder of a V8 from a new AC car, but rather the silence of electrification. We recently covered the AC Cobra Series 1 with over 300 horsepower and a $190,000 price tag. The same company has now released the new AC Ace RS which is as quick as the original V8 car, but is it as cool?
The original AC Ace was launched in 1954 and was powered by a 2.0-liter inline six that produced a paltry 100 hp. This got it to 60 mph in a leisurely 11.4 seconds. It took a Ford 4.7-liter V8 to cut that time in half, and now, over half a century later, the AC Ace RS will match that time, only it's fully electrified.
The 2021 Ac Ace RS is powered by a 308-hp electric motor that produces a constant 184 lb-ft of torque, but an 'overboost' function allows for short bursts of up to 369 lb-ft. With a curb weight of only 2,315 lbs, this little monster can hit 60 mph in only 5.5 seconds, which is about as quick as a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 or a Genesis G80 2.5T AWD. Its 38-kWh battery affords it a maximum range of 200 miles.
An all-electric AC roadster was inevitable, and while some might say that it is a sacrilegious act, we welcome the new generation of EV Aces. Alan Lubinsky, CEO of AC Cars thinks the move to electric power was the right move too.
"Our move to electric power has proved to be more important for the brand than anything else we've attempted before. The combination of our pedigree with new, fully electric drivetrains means that we're ready to offer brand new cars that are undeniably historic in character yet thoroughly modern in their powertrain and performance," he said. Deliveries of the AC Ace RS are expected to start late in 2022.