Performance, technical data, features, comparisons, history – a detailed review.
From classic to modern
The AC Mark 6 sports car was unveiled at the April 2009 Monaco Top Marques Motor Show as a two-door, two-seater convertible, while subsequent prototypes debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011 and 2012.
Externally, it looked a lot like a Cobra and was offered as a fixed-head convertible and coupe.
The body consisted of an innovative hybrid combination of a fiberglass base with an aluminum layer.
It was mounted on a space frame chassis containing tubular sections that increased its strength while keeping weight to a minimum and reducing production costs.
A major change from the power plant was the change from the Ford Windsor V8 engine in the original AC Cobra to one built by Chevrolet.
The Mark 6 was built by hand and is available in five versions, using engines from the Corvette:
- The standard GT used a 6.2-liter GM V8 engine developing 436 bhp and with a top speed of 173 mph.
- The GTA used a 6.2-liter GM V8 engine developing 550 bhp and with a top speed of 180 mph.
- The GTS used a supercharged 6.2-liter GM V8 engine developing 647 bhp and with a top speed of 190 mph.
- The brutal GTS R used a race-tuned 6.2-liter GM V8 engine developing 780 bhp and with a top speed of 207 mph.
The V8 engine was very flexible and pulled away smoothly even from 1000rpm, but it really kicked in between 40-100mph.
Priced at £ 93,500, the car featured:
- Fixed-head coupe-specific gull-wing doors
- Wheelbase increased to improve legroom
- Adjustable shock absorbers
- Aluminum wheels of 18 inches in the basic, with 19 inches in the rest of the variants.
- Manual gearbox with six gears
- Air conditioning
- Heated leather seats
- Pedals can be electrically adjusted
- GPS and MP3 player
Side exhausts were an optional extra, as were racing stripes, traction control, and a removable hardtop.
It was equipped with 332mm ventilated and perforated disc brakes at the front and 298mm at the rear, with calipers from Porsche, along with a limited-slip differential.
The convertible variant weighed just 990 kg.
The Mark 6 represented a series of firsts for the company, as it was:
- First to be built in Germany
- First to incorporate a V8 engine produced by General Motors
- First to be offered as a fixed-head coupe that hadn’t been designed exclusively for the track.
- First to feature gull-wing doors, which were an integral part of the fixed-head coupe variant
The target market for the Mark 6 was the United States and Europe.
Initially, as of 2009, the AC Mark 6 sports car was built for AC Cars by Gullwing GmbH in Germany, which was the licensee.
However, AC subsequently introduced a network of local production and distribution centers, which were intended to eliminate US shipping costs incurred with the rolling chassis during production of the original AC Cobra Mark 1-3.
Consequently, the top three centers chosen were AC Heritage Center in the UK, AC Germany in Dresden and Iconic Motors in the USA.
Subsequently, Iconic Motors has developed the Iconic AC Roadster sports car, equipped with a 6.8-liter V8 engine that developed 825 bhp and 680 ft / lbs of torque, with a top speed of 210 mph and a lower 0-60 mph time. of 3 sec.
This marks the end of my AC Mark 6 sports car review