Arash AF8 revealed with a mid-mounted 7.0-litre V8

British startup automaker Arash Cars has revealed their new sports car, the AF8.

The AF8 follows in the footsteps of a bigger AF10, that was launched in 2010 and reportedly only one example exist. The AF8 is more compact and while pricing details have not been announced yet, will be much more affordable so we can expect company’s production run to make a big jump.

The AF8 is powered by a mid-mounted 7.0-litre V8 delivering 545bhp and 472 lb-ft of torque linked to a six-speed manual. The model is going against the likes of McLaren 12C, Ferrari 458 Italia and Porsche 911 Turbo.

Weighing just 1,200kg thanks to a chassis that’s made from a mix of high-strength steel, aluminium and carbon fibre. The entire body is also made from the lightweight carbon fibre.

0-60mph is expected in around 3.5 seconds, while the top speed is estimated at around 200mph.

Design wise it follows the Enzo inspired design, but has this kit car feeling to it at the rear with no big surprises.

The AF8 is 4.15m in length, 1.9m in width, while the height is 1.1m.

All this rides on forged aluminium wheels, measuring 19-inches up front and 20-inches in the rear, wrapped with Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tyres.

The interior boasts carbon fibre and leather trim, a touchscreen infotainment system, a heated windscreen, and also air conditioning.

Pricing and market launch details will be announced later his year. Public debut is next week at the Geneva Motor Show.


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