If you’re mad about cars like we are (in a good and constructive way, of course), you will no doubt be in love with the clean flowing shapes of the 1960s classics. The Jaguar E-Type is easily one of the highest-ranking of these automobiles, and it has been pulling at the heart strings of motoring enthusiasts for over 40 years.
We already have a modern interpretation of the E-Type, in the form of the very pretty Eagle Speedster, but that still retains the same design elements of the classic.
If you are looking for an even more modern adaptation of the E-Type formula, then perhaps the new Lyonheart K is for you. Sure, it costs a fortune and then some more at €360,000 ($464,500) for the hardtop and €375,000 ($483,800) for the drop top, but you do get a thoroughly modern car in exchange.
It still looks unmistakably like an E-Type, but you will undoubtedly be able to tell that this car is from 2013, or 2014, because it is set to go into production in December.
The company is even based in Coventry, historic home of Jaguar, and what they are offering is really rather appealing. You get a lightweight aluminum chassis, adjustable dampers, and modern suspension. Power comes courtesy of a Cosworth-built five-liter V8, which is good for 567 hp and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) – the car can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, before topping out at 186 mph or 300 km/h.
In addition, despite originally announcing a production run of 50 units, the company has revised the figure, which now stands at 250. However, if the car proves popular, there would be no reason for them not to build more, adopting the Pagani way of building cars – the Italians will still build you a Zonda now, despite the fact that the car has officially gone out of production and been replaced by the Huayra.
By Andrei Nedelea