AC developed the new Aceca. The model features a V8 32-valve quad-cam engine capable of developing 320 BHP. All the power is being transferred to the wheels through a either a manual or an automatic transmission. The production of the car will begin in the spring of 1999 and the starting price is EUR69.795. Following the Motor Show AC engineers will complete the extensive planned engineering program, finalize the production specification and prepare the Aceca for sales availability in the spring. The model will have a high level of equipment as standard including full hide interior, ABS, air conditioning, PAS, Phillips in car entertainment system and satellite navigation. There are just a few, but the carmaker offered a lot more.
Designed in-house by AC, the new Aceca was conceived with an interior more spacious in order to give the adults the necessary comfort. The Ac Aceca has a V8 32-valve quadcam engine developing 320bhp with either manual or automatic transmission. The car will be available in production from Spring 1999 and the price is £69,795.
"We set out to produce a car which puts AC firmly back on the map", says AC Car Group's Chairman Alan Lubinsky. "We recognised that there was an unfilled niche for a high luxury full four seater that gave AC customers something that was distinctive, stylish and built to the highest standards of traditional British sports cars".
Unashamedly building on the good looks and superb driving and riding characteristics of its Ace stablemate, the new Aceca is in fact 250mm longer overall. This, together with subtle changes to the already graceful Ace nose section, gives the Aceca real presence on the road. A production run which will be tiny by the standards of all competitors, together with the outstanding ride qualities of the chassis, pure power of the proven engine and the distinctive shape, all combine to ensure that the AC Aceca is unique.
We established the design brief after realising that there was a market for a luxury grand tourer offering space for four full-sized adults, said Jan-Erik Jansson, AC s General Manager and the man who has overseen the Aceca programme. We are certain that there is demand for an exclusive, high quality car of this configuration and we are very proud of what we have achieved. After all, if we at AC with nearly 100 years of tailormade production heritage cannot produce niche cars then who can?, says Jan-Erik.
AC entrusted the complex task of converting the Aceca concept into reality to its Chief Designer Ron Saunders. Ron's past experience includes 15 years in Ford's design department, three years as Director of Automotive Design at Ogle Design and nine years as Director of Design at MGA Developments. He is currently Associate Lecturer at Coventry University's Industrial Design and Transportation Department.
Because of the tremendous skills level of the team at AC we were able to go from an early wire model directly to the metal prototype on show in Birmingham without needing to use conventional wood and clay modelling techniques, says Ron. This dramatically reduced the time of the development programme, making it fully viable both within AC's resources and within the very tight timetable we set ourselves. Concurrent engineering processes enabled us to integrate the development of all major body and mechanical systems to produce an excellent vehicle on time.
Following the Motor Show AC engineers will complete the extensive planned engineering programme, finalise the production specification and prepare the Aceca for sales availability in the Spring.
The Aceca will have a high level of equipment as standard, including full hide interior, ABS, air conditioning, PAS, Philips in car entertainment system and satellite navigation and a host of other features.
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