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.