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Geneva Motor Show 2012: AC 378 GT Zagato

Stunning GT with a somewhat familiar design...

AC has unveiled their new Grand Tourer, the 378 GT Zagato at the Geneva Motor Show.

Designed to be the ultimate long distance cruiser, AC hope the car will rejuvenate the troubled company. Those who keep an eye on the performance car world will find the 378 GT Zagato a familiar shape, however and with good reason. The car was originally revealed at the Geneva Motor Show way back in 2009 as the Perana Z-one but that company failed to generate enough orders to go into production with their setup. What they did do though, was pay for the car to be styled by Zagato, one of the most revered and talented design houses in the world. We believe that Perana had some links to building Cobra replicas in South Africa (in fact the AC press shots of the car are actually just doctored versions of the Perana shots), so there is obviously  a link there, but either way the now Germany-based AC Automobiles now appears to have acquired the rights to build the Zagato design, and what a design it is.

Sporting a classic long nose, short tail GT look there are lots of retro touches to the design but with a dose of modernity thrown in for good measure. There is a high tail, while the trademark Zagato touches like the double-bubble roof and the side window leading into the rear window are both there. It really is a great looking car, managing to look very stylish, aggressive and pretty all at the same time, while having the firepower to back up those looks.

Power comes from a GM-sourced 6.2-litre V8 engine with 434 bhp and 430 lb/ft of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which enables the 1,465 kg coupe to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds and hit a top speed of 185 mph.

The 378 GT Zagato is currently available for order in the UK and Germany where it is priced from £89,990 and €109,990 - respectively. It will be built in South Africa and the first deliveries are scheduled to occur later this year. Hopefully the drive will live up to the promises of the styling.

Images courtesy of AC Automobile

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more