British carmaker Arash Cars has announced plans for the new AF8, a mid-engined special that will join the 911-rivaling Farbio GTS and the extreme AF10 supercar in the niche brand’s lineup. Expected to be priced around the £120,000 mark, the new AF8, like its AF10 big brother, will be powered by GM’s highly sought-after 7.0-liter Z06 V-8 engine. The big-cube engine kept in its stock form produces a healthy 500 horsepower versus the modified AF10's 550 horsepower. With a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds, owners will hardly notice any difference between these two monsters.

The AF8 will weigh about 1,200-1,300 kilograms (2,600-2,800 pounds), a slight 10 percent increase over the AF10, but its curb weight is still relatively low in comparison with most other sports cars in production. To achieve the low mass, the body and part of the chassis are made of carbon fiber--maniac drivers can also opt for carbon ceramic brake discs to shave even more weight.

Unlike the AF10, the AF-8 is targeted at real life drivers that will use the car in places other than the race track. For that reason, it features comfort items like air conditioning and a touchscreen GPS navigator. Given its civilized nature, safety elements such as anti-lock brakes, traction control and airbags are also standard.


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