• Jul 21st 2010 at 1:00PM
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2011 ICONIC Motors AC Roadster – Click above for high-res image gallery

Most small American supercar companies don't seem to have the best of luck, which is why we were somewhat skeptical when we first heard of ICONIC Motors. The concept was impressive if not somewhat unbelievable – a lightweight roadster with an aluminum 6.9-liter V8 putting out 800 horsepower with design cues inspired by the legendary Shelby Cobra. The GTR, as it was then named, made its debut at the 2008 Amelia Island Concours, and we got our first look at the car at the New York Auto Show shortly thereafter.

We haven't heard much from ICONIC since then, but apparently the company has been quite busy finalizing the production version that includes a few design changes from the original concept. In the last two years, ICONIC has also formed a partnership with AC Cars, and the car has officially been renamed the AC Roadster. ICONIC has scheduled a 2011 release date for customer cars and states that they currently taking orders. Follow the jump for full details in their latest press release.



[Source: ICONIC Motors]

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Muscle cars got their start in the 1960s, which many car fans still consider the high point of U.S. automotive prowess. They reached the peak of power, performance, and fascination around 1970, after which restrictions related to pollution and insurance-and steeply rising fuel prices-slowly started killing them off. However, their styling and brute horsepower kept the notable stalwarts of that period alive with enthusiasts everywhere. Fast forward to 2010, ICONIC Motors, one of the automobile industry's premier luxury and high performance vehicle makers is answering the call for enthusiasts. For those who crave unparalleled power and innovative performance, ICONIC Motors answers with 2011 ICONIC AC Roadster™. A modern-era muscle car which pays tribute to its historic brethren via its appearance while showcasing the technological advancements of today underneath its skin.

The 2011 ICONIC AC Roadster is designed from the ground up to be one of the world's most completely refined and advanced super cars. Virtually no other vehicle on the planet has undergone the same kind of engineering development and attention to detail as the ICONIC AC Roadster. ICONIC Motors stayed true to its mantra of Uncompromised Excellence™ and focused its efforts on delivering a one-of-a-kind timeless automotive masterpiece that will live on for the ages. The 2011 ICONIC AC Roadster is the first of many uniquely designed modern-era muscle cars that blend the legendary design cues of the past with the technology of the future.

"The ICONIC AC Roadster is more than just a car, it's among the world's most refined and beautifully designed super cars. It's the lightest, strongest, most well engineered, high performance roadster of our time. The engine, drive train, support electronics and overall chassis make this one of the most complete vehicle packages on the market today and is made right here in the USA," said Claudio Ballard, chairman and founder, ICONIC Motors.

What sets ICONIC Motors apart from any other car company in the world is its design, advanced material sciences and testing process. Almost every individual CAD designed part is an exclusive ICONIC Motors creation and allows for ICONIC to test each element of the car before assembly to ensure each works seamlessly with optimized strength and weight. This innovative process allows for ICONIC Motors to capture the look and style of timeless classic roadsters from the 1950's and '60's, while infusing all of the modern technology and engineering available today, this super car is truly the first of its kind.

The partnership between ICONIC and AC Cars® represents the modern synthesis of the rich history and heritage of the AC brand which spans over 100 years. Having been founded in the UK, AC possesses a dash of Italian heritage dating from the late '50's thru '60's, and has come to represent the shape and form of collectable automobiles for many generations. The ICONIC AC Roadster pays homage to the historic AC Cobras of the 1960's, in a modern and singularly refined way. Since its inception, the ICONIC Motors brand strives for automotive excellence by building one of the worlds most complete and technologically advanced roadsters.

AC Cars' goal was to find a world-class partner whose uncompromising commitment to quality and innovation would be worthy of the AC brand, heritage, and partnership. That goal became reality with ICONIC Motors, which was chosen to help re-launch the AC brand in the United States, sporting the "ICONIC AC Roadster" nameplate.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Fugly. It looks like a transvestite doing an impression on Marylin Monroe.

      I mean, the cobra is a cool looking car, but this looks like a kit car that took short cuts. Why, what's the point? To have a car that looks enough like the original to look like a copy, but not enough like ti to look done well? The original Miata was a far better modern interpretation of a classic shape.

      Sounds like it might be well put together, and the stats sound impressive, but no way would I ever spend that kind of dough on a car everyone would see and think, "huh, what a piss poor Cobra replica".

      Seems to me they could hired a design student to come up with something far mroe attractive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shelby Cobra is the sexiest car ever made period IMO. One day when the timing is right I'll build my own...it literally is my dream car. Too bad this production car will be way overpriced for the average joe to ever buy. But, that's why Factory Five exists....for the rest of us. And now that Ford finally has an affordable modern 400+ HP engine (2011 5.0) the package is complete! :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like the marshmallow from ghost busters
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why the hell would you want a car that doesn't have any type of aerodynamic aid, or traction control with 800hp that weighs nothing? You'd spend most of your time trying to avoid vaporizing your rear tires.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Lol

        "***says the guy with a viper symbol"

        I was about to say the same thing....

        People want what they want and it does not have to make sense, just be fun....
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        That's a pretty fair sized front splitter, and rear diffuser, sure, it doesn't have a bench park sized rear wing, but those first two still do a lot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Carlos's Rebuttal:

        "Viper symbol?... Oh no no no no, you mean my upside down Daffy Duck!..."
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I've read that this car design has been to the wind tunnel and it produces 500lbs of downforce at 175mph, for what it's worth.

        So aerodynamics are at least a consideration.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        "Says the guy with the Viper symbol"

        I was gonna say the same thing... lol!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        exactly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Why do men like nymphomaniacs?.. Because it's fun while it lasts! Who cares if it's too much horsepower for no aero aids. Some lucky bastard is gonna take it home, give it a good flogging, and have fun.... while it lasts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Carlos
        1:04PM (7/21/2010)
        Why the hell would you want a car that doesn't have any type of aerodynamic aid, or traction control with 800hp that weighs nothing? You'd spend most of your time trying to avoid vaporizing your rear tires.

        ***says the guy with a viper symbol
      • 5 Years Ago
      The headlamps are awful. They ruin any sort of interest the car might have held for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would have this GTR(yes they changed the name) over Nissan's GTR any day of the week!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That car looks like it needs more sleep to get rid of the bags under its eyes and stop yawning
      • 5 Years Ago
      So ugly...

      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the lovechild from a Cobra kit car and a TVR... come to think of it, TVR did this better anyway, same concept but with unique styling that wasnt "ugly".
      • 5 Years Ago
      as ugly as it may be acording to other comments, its still somthing new for shelby to get their hands on!
      • 5 Years Ago
      one of the few 800hp cars I would probably refuse to get into... unless I was driving
      • 5 Years Ago
      very original design, I dont think I've seen anything like it! oh wait....
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