New AC Cobra 378 Superblower launched

Even faster version of the AC Cobra 378 continuation released, powered by a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine

AC Cobra 378 Superblower - front

AC launched the reborn Cobra 378 continuation back in 2018 – and now the company has built a more powerful, supercharged variant. It’s called the Superblower and it’s available to order in the UK now, through Boss Motor Company in Buckinghamshire, with prices starting from £129,500.

Like the standard AC Cobra 378, the Superblower is powered by a 6.2-litre V8 engine – although purists will no doubt be disappointed to hear that the unit was sourced from GM rather than Ford. Power rises from 430bhp to 580bhp thanks to the new supercharger and, like the standard model, power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.

It’s bodywork is a faithful recreation of the classic Cobra’s – and it’s propped up by a remanufactured version of the original car’s round-tube ladder frame chassis. AC has also made an attempt to make this continuation model easier to drive, fitting modern multi-link suspension, coil-over shock absorbers and servo assisted disc brakes.

AC Cobra

Other modern conveniences include limited-slip differential, front and rear anti-roll bars and an aluminium radiator with an electric cooling fan – all of which should help to manage the extra performance from the new engine.

Standard exterior equipment includes a pair of chrome roll-over hoops and a set of period accurate 16-inch centre lock alloy wheels, while the painted stripes on the pictured car can be added for an extra £1,500. Just in case the driver accidentally gets caught in a storm, AC also supplies a removable hood, a tonneau cover and detachable side screens.

The Superblower’s cabin has been upholstered in black leather and features a pair of period-inspired bucket seats, a three-spoke aluminium steering wheel, classic white-on-black gauges and deep pile carpets. Unlike its grandfather, it also gets air conditioning and a demister for the front windscreen.

AC’s new Cobra 378 Superblower joins a growing range of reborn Cobra continuation models, which currently includes a 350bhp 2.3-litre option, a standard 6.2-litre V8 variant and a limited edition pure-electric model, with a maximum range of 150 miles.

What do you make of the AC Cobra 378 Superblower? Let us know in the comments section below…

Recommended

New 2021 Nissan Z sports car launched with 400bhp
Nissan Z sports car
Nissan

New 2021 Nissan Z sports car launched with 400bhp

Nissan Z sports car has made its debut in New York, sporting a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 and a six-speed manual gearbox as standard
18 Aug 2021
Best used sports cars 2021
Best used sports cars - header
Best cars & vans

Best used sports cars 2021

Our top used sports cars for those looking for a fun but usable second-hand car
18 Aug 2021
New 2022 BMW M2 to blast in with over 400bhp
BMW M2 - exclusive image
BMW 2 Series Coupe

New 2022 BMW M2 to blast in with over 400bhp

The new BMW M2 will feature a detuned version of the M3’s 3.0-litre straight-six engine, and our exclusive image previews how it could look when it ar…
4 Aug 2021
Reborn AC Cobra gets 308bhp pure-electric powertrain
AC Cobra electric S1
AC Cobra

Reborn AC Cobra gets 308bhp pure-electric powertrain

The iconic AC Cobra has gone electric, offering buyers a 0-62mph time of roughly four seconds and a maximum range of 150 miles
23 Jul 2021

Most Popular

'The death of cheap cars will be a travesty for personal mobility'
Opinion cheap cars
Opinion

'The death of cheap cars will be a travesty for personal mobility'

Our appetite for small, cheap cars is as strong as ever - although Mike Rutherford warns they may no longer be profitable
12 Sep 2021
What is Skoda vRS? History and best cars driven
Skoda vRS range
Skoda

What is Skoda vRS? History and best cars driven

To mark 20 years of Skoda’s vRS badge, we rounded up some of the performance cars from the past two decades that have worn the subtle green badge
17 Sep 2021
E10 petrol explained: UK prices, checker tool and is it OK for your car?
Petrol pump
News

E10 petrol explained: UK prices, checker tool and is it OK for your car?

E10 petrol is up to 10 per cent ethanol and is available at UK fuel stations now as part of the bid to cut CO2 emissions
1 Sep 2021