Arash has been teasing the reveal of its AF8 supercar all month, and it probably chose the worst time possible to unveil its new creation. The launch of the Koenigsegg Agera One:1 with over 1,300 horsepower makes the carbon-fiber-and-steel AF8 seem almost old-school.

The mid-engine supercar uses a classic style, with a low-slung body with short overhangs and wide fenders, and comes equipped with a GM-sourced, 7.0-liter V8 producing 550 hp and 470 pound-feet of torque via a six-speed manual transmission. Arash claims it will reach 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and continue on to a top speed of 200 mph. The chassis combines the classic and the modern with a tubular steel space frame covered in carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body panels. Kevlar carbon-reinforced plastic forms the floor and wheel wells for added strength. The interior brings a few conveniences with a heated windshield, air conditioning and a five-stage traction control system.

If it is possible to build a generic supercar, then this is the one. It's not that it does anything wrong; it just doesn't appear to try to do anything different either in terms of power delivery or aesthetics. The company plans to build 36 cars in the first edition and all of them will be yellow with a yellow-and-black interior. Prices will start at 165,000 pounds ($276,480), which includes the UK's 20 percent Value Added Tax. The entire press release can be read here as a pdf.


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      Justin Shaw
      • 9 Months Ago
      So you're telling me you don't fancy Ferrari, Mclaren, Porsche, or even Lamborghini? For that price the buyer can already buy established elite cars.
        Feurig
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Justin Shaw
        Agree. This car would literally only be if someone just had to add an obscurity to the collection.
      Scooter
      • 9 Months Ago
      A lazy arrogant whack at a supercar. I expect them to fold like laundry.
      Britt Benston
      • 9 Months Ago
      That rear window is so ugly it's a deal breaker. It's like the one in a Bradley GT hahah.
      sstowes
      • 9 Months Ago
      It's not bad looking. But over $100K, I expect something that offers an occasion. This...does not an occasion make.
      Indubitably
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why on EARTH would anyone buy this? As for the design I was ok with it until I saw picture #6 on then slides. What were they thinking about that rear?
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 9 Months Ago
      It's like they just stopped trying once they got to the back.
        ngiotta
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        They stopped trying in the front. A plain-jane 550hp LS? A fine engine for sure, but it's neither original, nor what you'd expect to find under the hood of an expensive car like this.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 9 Months Ago
          @ngiotta
          While I wholeheartedly agree this car isn't anywhere near the change they're asking, the LS7 is a great powerplant for this. More than enough power to start with, easy to work on, and tons of power potential and options for you to mod it how you wanted. You could put a cam and heads on it and have a 600whp car.
      Moosetang
      • 9 Months Ago
      Hey, a GM V8. Yay. ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Unfortunately. I think you're right on with the "generic" comment, Chris. Its not that anything about this seems "bad," just that nothing really moves the needle.
      Mike McDonald
      • 9 Months Ago
      Yeah, good luck with that...
      Andre Neves
      • 9 Months Ago
      So, Spend all that money on outdated chassis-design & materials, powered by a GM crate V8? Uhhh ok. :-/
      Stix
      • 9 Months Ago
      I literally yawned just looking at this car.
      Koenigsegg
      • 9 Months Ago
      the heck is this crap?
      waetherman
      • 9 Months Ago
      Um, why? It's not like there's a dearth of cars with around 550 hp or more and otherwise nearly exactly same specs for around $250k. And most of the other choices are from far more established companies likely to have far fewer problems (and not using a GM engine, FFS). Ferrari, Maclaren, Aston, Bentley... and those are just the major ones. At some point I have to think there's really not room in the market for another unexceptional car in this market segment.
        imtoomuch1
        • 9 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        The Chevy V8 isn't more established than engines from Ferrari, McLaren (you can't even spell that), Aston, Bentley, etc? You do not know your cars. Do you like the spontaneous combusion feature of Ferraris? Would you call that established?
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