• May 18, 2010
Baby Cobra replica – Click above for high-res image gallery

Shelby Cobra. A mere mention of the beast is enough to send enthusiasts' hearts aflutter and cause the minds of those lucky enough to have piloted such a beast to reel with fast-paced memories. Unless, of course, you are talking about the untold gallons of fuel the (up to) 7.0-liter V8 engines of these venomous snakes guzzle.

But does it have to be that way? Is is possible to have your cake and eat it too? Well, that depends on what exactly you are looking to recreate. If you're feeling a real need for speed and nothing but a fire-breathing monster will do, we have bad news for you. But, if you just want to look like you're piloting a vintage race car, you may be in luck.

In standard form (which isn't very cheap at over $40,000 U.S. or £27,724), the so-called Baby Cobra from Japan is powered by a tiny 660cc engine (yes, that's less than a tenth of the size of the original 427 cubic incher with fewer than half as many cylinders) yanked from a Suzuki Cappuccino microcar.

A hefty options list can reportedly drive that price much higher into the stratosphere, but something tells us even the turbocharged, 720cc mill with 158 horsepower will still post significantly improved fuel efficiency over its forebearer. Yes, it's completely ridiculous... and yes, we're completely smitten with it.

Better get yours now before Shelby's crack legal team gets wind of this thing...



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Needs more cylinders.

      If it comes with the chick on the right, i'll fork out though and swap in a 2jz
        • 4 Years Ago
        Heh. I'd ditch it for a 1.9 TDI, just to be obtuse. And torquey.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This photo did pretty much make my day...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate fakes/replicas. But this is the ONE replica I would LOVE to own one day. A Cobra replica. Maybe not this exact one, but someday maybe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, I agree. Mine will probably have a ford v8 in it, but this car is pretty darn cool on it's own.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But it sounds like a modified blender. No thanks.

        I'd rather a V8 so it makes my teeth rattle at idle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        so, I'm guessing Ford's Ecoboost 3.5 would give decent gas mileage and at a Taurus level 365hp plenty of oomph in a 1 ton car....
      • 4 Years Ago
      158hp in a car that weighs less than those three girls combined. What's not to like? Sure it's silly, but it can probably cut a 14 second quarter and run around the twisties like it's on rails.

      I always thought that a Cobra kit car with a modern four banger could be a good substitute for a Caterham 7.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why not a 4cyl? That is what the AC Ace originally came with before Shelby did his work.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thinking exactly. That 700cc mill produces the same amount of power most 2.0l engines in American family saloons produce. So why bloat it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      any one knows if the chasis its form a capuccino too? couse that car its an ultra light wheigt ...that in a toghue battle or downhill its Very fast ... of course whit a biger engine like 1.6 or 2 lt and 700Kg its a cornering weapon
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, after viewing the pics I can see why it's so 'spensive!! Made like the real thing (sort of) - no fiberglass replica this! Might not be the one I'd REALLY want, but I really want this one. Even if just for parade/funny haha show car duty. And on top of that it'd look cool sitting in the parknig lot at work...or leaving. Biggest ass grin on your face ever. Might even be able to pick up chicks in it (ok, no I wouldn't - but if I'm dreaming anyway...). Have to cruise the Chinatown parts of town to fit one in...but that's ok, I like Chinese! :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they used a 'Busa engine, this thing would perform like an S2000. Nothing wrong with that. However, I am more in favor of the new Coyote, or the 3.7 V6 from the mustang.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      A 0.7L engine making 158hp? Hell, it takes everyone else at least 1.4L to make that number.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know about torque, and I love motors that make more torque than horsepower. Funny how automags never talk about it though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "yes, that's less than a tenth of the size of the original 427 cubic incher with fewer than half as many cylinders"

      While the 427 is legendary, the Cobra actually made it's legend with only 260s and 289s.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'm japanese and i like japanese women, but sheesh. those girls have a sexy deficiency..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's a pic with the dimensions- looks like it has an 81.1 inch wheelbase, is 69.6 inches wide (!), weighs 1430 pounds, and is 43.3 inches tall. With that weight/power ratio, (9lb/hp) I'm sure it's a blast to drive. Those huge slicks will probably handle any nasty peakiness the engine's power curve dishes out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this engine + cobra body = blasphemy
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