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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Coupe

With new management and ownership, the British brand AC tried to survive on a market that plunged again into recession and introduced a coupe version for the AC Ace named Aceca.

After creating the Ace, also known as Brooklands Ace, the AC carmaker already had the tools and the recipe for building the car. The management came with the idea of creating a 2+2 coupe based on the same stainless-steel chassis and same underpinnings provided by Ford.

Unlike its roadster sibling, the Aceca featured two slim, horizontal headlights in 1998. In late 1999 though, the carmaker made an updated version with glass-covered, flush to bodywork headlights. While the main proportions remained similar to the roadster, most body panels changed from the A-pillar rearwards. Its closed cockpit featured a rounded greenhouse with a sloped window area above the trunk. A duck-tail ended the cabin above the rounded taillights from behind.

Inside, the carmaker managed to squeeze a bench for two at the back, while the front occupants were pampered with the same room as on the roadster. The British manufacturer chose not to lower the car's price and fitted it with a leather-clad interior. On the center stack, it placed the AC-control unit and a CD player. Since it was considered a GT vehicle, it sported luxurious items such as standard power windows, heated windshield and mirrors, plus wood trims on the dash and the center console.

Under the hood, depending on the customers' options, the Aceca was offered a choice of three engines ranging between 3.5- and 5.0-liter. A five-speed manual was featured as standard, while a four-speed automatic was available as an option.

AC  Aceca 1998 - 2000 2 Photos
AC  Aceca (1998 - 2000)AC  Aceca (1998 - 2000)
AC Aceca 1998 - 2000
  2 gasoline engines
  • 3.5L V8 32V Turbo 6MT (354 HP)
  • 4.6L V8 5MT (326 HP)

AC Aceca 3.5L V8 32V Turbo 6MT (354 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.5L V8 32V Turbo 6MT (354 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3506 cm3
Power
257.4 KW @ 6500 RPM
350 HP @ 6500 RPM
345 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
300 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
407 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection Naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-manual speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/55 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
183.5 in (4661 mm)
Width
74.4 in (1890 mm)
Height
52.8 in (1341 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.6/61.8 in (1,590/1,570 mm)
Wheelbase
107.1 in (2720 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (frontal area)
2.1 m2
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
Turning circle (wall to wall)
37.1 ft (11.3 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3560 lbs (1615 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
11.8 mpg US (19.9 L/100Km)
Highway
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)

AC Aceca 4.6L V8 5MT (326 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.6L V8 5MT (326 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3506 cm3
Power
257.4 KW @ 6500 RPM
350 HP @ 6500 RPM
345 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
300 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
407 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection Naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-manual speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/55 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
183.5 in (4661 mm)
Width
74.4 in (1890 mm)
Height
52.8 in (1341 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.6/61.8 in (1,590/1,570 mm)
Wheelbase
107.1 in (2720 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (frontal area)
2.1 m2
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
Turning circle (wall to wall)
37.1 ft (11.3 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3560 lbs (1615 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
11.8 mpg US (19.9 L/100Km)
Highway
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
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