Cobra continuation roadster gets modern updates from Superformance

Just 20 examples of the special-edition sports car will be built

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A new front splitter adds to the aerodynamic look | Superformance photos

The timeless style of the original Shelby Cobra has been updated for the latest continuation edition from Superformance as the MKIII-R roadster, with added styling tweaks, a new interior and performance improvements.

“The timeless design of a classic 1960s roadster was mixed carefully with modern-day aesthetics and performance to create the Superformance MKIII-R,” said Lance Stander, chief executive of Superformance, in a news release. “We enhanced the styling, modernized the interior, improved the brakes, updated the suspension and designed it to accommodate the latest drivetrains.

“This is for those who envisioned the Cobra as if it had continued in production and evolved over the last five decades.”


Like other Superformance continuation Cobras, the MKIII-R is sold as a completed rolling chassis, with the engine and transmission of the buyer’s choice added after the sale.  Just 20 examples of this latest model will be produced, the company says.

“The new front splitter matches the body contour and gives this roadster a unique, but aggressive, front-end appearance,” according to the news release. “The side profile features handsome new scalloped fenders and black vents. The front and rear fenders and spoilers, along with a beefy new rear diffuser bring a more-modern performance look to the heritage styling. And the color choice for the paint and stripes is only limited by the imagination.”

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The interior features high-grade materials, such as “custom double-stitched leather seats (that) have body color-accented thread,” the release notes. “Instead of traditional gauges, the MKIII-R is equipped with Superformance’s new electronic gauges.”

The limited-edition Superformance MKIII-R roadster roller will start at $79,900, with the engine and transmission to be added. 

 “The Superformance MKIII-R roadster is the ultimate Resto-Mod and natural evolution of the original Cobra,” Stander said. “It delivers the reliability of a new drivetrain, the perfect balance of modern and classic styling that everyone will envy.”

For more information, visit the Superformance website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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  1. I love what Superformance is doing but I think they are missing the mark here. Modernization is a great idea but there is a reason the Cobra design is timeless. Leave those awful scallops on the shop floor along with the fake side vent (which I imagine is the result of the vent in the flaring but still.) The front spoiler and rear diffuser as they say add to the “modern performance look” but do they really add to the car? I say not at all. To each his own though.

  2. My buddy Peter has wanted a Cobra all his life. He recently found a replica that ticked all his boxes (the right motor, the right wheels, the right colour – but an auto transmission where he would’ve preferred a manual – l guess you can’t have everything).
    Now he has his dream car but he never uses it. It’s just too wild to be practical. It’s great for a short trip to Cars and Coffee but hopeless for any distance – no luggage space and no weather protection.
    The thing’s useless. Great fun for posing – if you want to be laughed at: “look at Joe Blow in his Cobra – more money than sense”

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