The minds at Puritalia have finally gotten around to taking the wraps off of their Shelby Cobra-inspired roadster. The Puritalia 427 is intended to serve as a modern interpretation of the legendary open-top built by Carroll Shelby.

In addition to the gaggle of photos you see here, Puritalia has also served the final specs on the machine. The 427 uses an aluminum space frame chassis with chromoly steel subframes, which help maintain stiffness while keeping the roadster as lightweight as possible. As a result, the machine tips the scales at a mere 2,403 pounds with a perfect 50/50 weight balance.

The body shell is stitched from carbon fiber, and buyers may choose between one of two engines. The base, naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 puts 445 horsepower to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, aluminum driveshaft and limited slip differential, though a supercharged variant of the same engine is also available with a more heady 605 horsepower.

With its fully-independent suspension, adjustable shocks and sway bars, the 427 should also keep its feet planted on the ground. A set of six-piston Brembo calipers squeeze 15-inch discs up front, while four-piston clamps press 13.5-inch rotors out back. Sounds like fun to us. Head over to the Puritalia site for more information.


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      Azazel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kinda disappointed. I was expecting it to have a 427 in it. The 5.0 is still a good engine though and it's a good looking car.
        Brodz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Azazel
        I agree with you there. It must have a 427.
      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeesh. No bueno. Yet another failed attempt at recreating the classic Cobra into modern design. This design is all over the place. Does it want to be a luxury roadster? Does it want to be a track monster? Design-wise this car completely misses the point. It's far too feminine and they tried way too hard. Smooth out some of those unnecessary curves, ditch the whole rear-end, minimize those vents and you might be in the ballpark. BMW Z4 meets Lexus SC430 and not really in a good way. This car needs to be much more brutal looking. I want it to scare me. Kind of like the old Viper used to, but smaller like a Miata or BRZ. Performance-wise... well we'll see. It sure sounds good on paper.
      Aaron
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW Z4 meets Saturn Sky... in the worst way possible.
        Autoblogist
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        Yeah, that wide air dam, hood scope and headlights have Z4/Sky written all over it.
          Aaron
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Autoblogist
          Was referring to the 'swoopie'... but thanks for the sarcasm anyway.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      tylermars.design
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait........it's called a 427, but it doesn't have a 427?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tylermars.design
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      Brex
      • 2 Years Ago
      The AC Cobra was a very verile, masculine design. This design, while more modern, is much too effeminate, particularly in the overly styled elements flowing from the side vents. The rear honches could use some more muscular touches as well.
        Cheetahjab
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brex
        Was never an ac cobra. Was a Shelby cobra based off the ac ace. Shelby attached cobra to the name.
          Bustago
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cheetahjab
          Shelby helped redesign the AC Ace to fit the Ford V8, It was then badged as an AC Cobra, and was sold throughout it's production as the AC Cobra.
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know what everyone's bitchin about, i think this car looks pretty damn badass and appears to have the firepower to back it up. And how many of you would turn one down if you had the means to purchase one? Great job Puritalia...can't wait to see it in action.
      Mark S
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chris Bangle?
      jcar302
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like the front, hate the back. 605hp with 2400lbs sounds like a deathtrap, fun, but still a deathtrap.
        Adam Tolley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jcar302
        Agree with you on the front and back (I would call the back livable, ines seem to justify it more from the side, but its pretty bleck). Not sure why people found the need to downvote a simple opinion.
      Nowuries
      • 2 Years Ago
      Absolutely love it, and they really did a great job of doing a modern interpretation of the old design. I have no doubt though it will be way out of my price range, unfortunately. I guess I will just have to stick to plan and buy a used Cobra kit car... oh well.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not feelin' it.
      FRENZIED
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful design! Now build it.
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