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American, British Icon Reborn: 2011 Iconic AC Roadster
The AC Cobra is an English icon that later became an American icon when Carroll Shelby stuffed a small-block, and later a big-block, V-8 into the tiny roadster. Reproductions of the car continue to be made to this day, but Iconic Motors' AC Roadster isn't a reproduction -- it's a modern twist on the classic.

Iconic's AC Roadster is clearly influenced by the classic Shelby AC Cobra but features unique, modern styling cues. The redesigned front of the Iconic Roadster features redesigned front and rear fascias and more bulbous fenders with integrated headlights, adding aerodynamic updates to the original Cobra design. The sides of the car directly copy the original, but the rear features slightly reshaped rear fenders and taillights. Both the headlights and taillights use modern LED technology and the body is crafted from carbon fiber and aluminum.

Of course, as a modern interpretation of the Shelby AC Cobra, the Iconic AC Roadster had to be powerful. Its V-8 -- a pushrod, like the original Cobra's -- displaces 6.8 liters and produces 825 horsepower and 680 pound-feet of torque. The engine is coupled to a Tremec/Iconic Motors-designed six-speed manual transmission with a lightweight dual-plate clutch. This combination allows the Roadster to hit 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds, according to the manufacturer.

The chassis has been specifically designed to cope with the massive twist from the engine. It uses chrome-alloy steel tube construction with aluminum honeycomb reinforcements and a carbon fiber passenger cell. According to Iconic, this construction gives the Roadster racecar-strength torsional rigidity. For the suspension, Iconic uses an unequal length, control-arm setup with brake fluid passages drilled in,
 

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No.
Don't try to make a pure, American muscle race car luxurious.
Keep it raw
Err, the Cobra isn't an american muscle car, pure or otherwise.
The Cobra was a british roadster made by a small specialist manufacturer (the later version getting some design help from Ford) with a Ford V8 squeezed in.
All American muscle cars were american production cars with big V8s.

Otherwise I agree, this car is objectionable.

Stronger body, alright, good. Better brakes, good. Better suspension, good. Better wheels, good. New head lights and tails, silly, but ok. A push rod V8? WTF? Oxymoron there. If your going to use an push rod V8 might as well put it in an Cobra nock off thats sticks to the original. Want a modern Cobra upgrade to a modern engine.
The interior is horrible. Looks like the den/movie room of some midwestern family. :D
 

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No.

Don't try to make a pure, American muscle race car luxurious.

Keep it raw
Or any sports car, in my opinion. Either way the car looks pretty nice on the exterior.
 

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Err, the Cobra isn't an american muscle car, pure or otherwise.
The Cobra was a british roadster made by a small specialist manufacturer (the later version getting some design help from Ford) with a Ford V8 squeezed in.
All American muscle cars were american production cars with big V8s.
Yeah but when you think of a Cobra, you don't think British roadster, you think American muscle v8 supercar. The ''American'' version of the Cobra was what brought that car into the fame it has always had, not the British version.
 

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Yeah but when you think of a Cobra, you don't think British roadster, you think American muscle v8 supercar. The ''American'' version of the Cobra was what brought that car into the fame it has always had, not the British version.
Never thought of a Cobra as an American car. Cobra is a British car with a American engine. Just like the Lotus Seven. Seven's used Ford 4 bangers for years. On the flip side, the P-51 Mustang is an American fighter with an improved Packard variant of the British Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.
Either way, the Cobra is a great car.
 

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