News : Lyonheart, ‘made in England’ E-type remix

The LYONHEART K, an all-new, British sports car has been launched, evoking memories of the Jaguar E-type and the founder of the company which built it. Classic Factory, the Swiss design company, recently enjoyed a huge worldwide success with its modern interpretation of the legendary Jaguar E-type, designed by Robert Palm in collaboration with Bo Zolland. In order to meet customer demand, decision was taken to build a limited series.

The 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 delivers 542bhp. Carbon fibre panels cover a state-of-the-art aluminium chassis, keeping the weight below 1600kg. The Lyonheart K reaches 60mph in under 4.0 seconds and tops 186mph (electronically limited). The car’s design philosophy is simple, use only genuine materials: carbonfibre, leather, veneer, polished stainless steel, brushed aluminium and chromed metal, nothing else. Extreme attention has been given to every exterior and interior detail. The aluminium engine is revealed by opening the traditional, front-hinged clamshell bonnet.

The Lyonheart K is entirely hand-built in Coventry by skilled craftsmen and a new company has been founded: Lyonheart Cars Ltd. The order books for the 50 first Lyonheart K cars are now open at a basic price of €495,000 (without taxes). The estimated delivery time is 18 months. Robert Palm, CEO of Classic Factory, said: ‘We want to make the ‘Made In England’ label into a truthful concept, not just a statement. Every part of the Lyonheart K is developed, engineered and hand-built in England. The design clues of the Lyonheart K reflect Britishness at its best: cool, elegant, refined, understated yet powerful and dynamic.’

Coventry, it seems, has a new supercar…

 

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47 Responses

  1. Simon Hodgetts - February 22, 2012

    Stunning! No other words to describe it……

  2. John - February 22, 2012

    As it’s being hand built, I think I’ll have mine with different headlamps (I wish!) but, other than that, it’s simply stunning!!!

  3. H.Jones - February 22, 2012

    Beautiful looking machine, and this time, it’s not called the ‘Growler’. Brilliant all round!

  4. rovamota - February 22, 2012

    I thought modern retro went out of fashion just after the launch of the Rover 75. A bit pricey too, really.

  5. fright_rover - February 22, 2012

    I like this re-imaging of the E-type – it’s a classic, muscular shape without looking like a retro throw-back.

    The interior is nasty though – not very original or inspiring design. Too much wood which clashes with the metal effect.

  6. paul massee - February 22, 2012

    o m g wow. your right john just stunng!!!

  7. ian - February 22, 2012

    What Jaguar could have been making for the last 20 years! (albeit at a lower price)

  8. Ianto Ianto - February 22, 2012

    What the F type could have been. Fantastic.

  9. Karl - February 22, 2012

    Cor. Nothing else to say. Except that it just shows how ‘right’ the E-type is.

  10. KeithB - February 23, 2012

    Stunning – I like the wooden dash – would ditch the metal though. I take it that “lyon” Heart is a nod to Sir William?

  11. alex scott nzl 69 alexscott - February 23, 2012

    yes stunning is definitly right…why cant mg come up with something better looking than the mg6. alex

  12. Richard Kilpatrick Richard Kilpatrick - February 23, 2012

    Oh, I like that a LOT. Buying a lottery ticket now.

  13. Angus - February 23, 2012

    That’s got to be the first modern car in a LONG time that actually looks good with wire wheels!

  14. Mark Mastro Mark Mastro - February 23, 2012

    Christ on a bike!

    Porn. Just Porn

  15. Tom - February 23, 2012

    @Mark Maestro
    I think more sexy than the porn I look at

  16. Dr Bobby Love Dr Bobby Love - February 23, 2012

    … Puts armour on….

    Am I the only one that doesn’t like this? It’s a re imagining to far for me I’m afraid.

    See, the thing is… I just can’t see past the original E, so these cars always look like messed up versions of the original, to me.

    Is it really just me?

  17. Adam - February 23, 2012

    @Dr Puppy Love,
    Yes, it really is only you.

  18. Stewart - February 23, 2012

    I hate the headlights and stupid side vents, if only somone would make one without those and nice round lights under perpex covers, and some nice croame 1/4 bumpers… oh wait.. somone already did din’t they?

  19. Tim_Burgess Tim Burgess - February 23, 2012

    Utterly stunning. Reaches for stocking mask and sawn off Purdey…

  20. thegravestoneman gaz - February 23, 2012

    thought it was a Corvette at first, and after a closer look I still do.

  21. 406v6 406V6 - February 23, 2012

    That’s a beautiful car. On the outside a really good blend of modern and retro.

    On the interior I think they need to make some changes. That light colour dashboard top will reflect terribly in the screen and its colour doesn’t look right either. I’d make it black along with the strips at the top of the door trim. Also the steering wheel looks wrong – a modern black chunky one would suit a modern car better.

  22. Tony Cottrell - February 23, 2012

    Nice, but you could have the best E Type (modern mechanics if you prefer) and enough change for every remaining Austin Allegro. Or for a house.
    It’s too expensive!

  23. Jason1.8TC - February 23, 2012

    I currently look like Homer Simpson, head back, eyes half closed drooling mmmm Lyonheart mmmmmmmmmmm

  24. daveh - February 23, 2012

    Im just off to but a few euromillion tickets……

  25. Engineer - February 23, 2012

    Half a million euros!

  26. Ross A - February 23, 2012

    it’s good to see a niche product as carefully crafted as this coming from the Uk.. I like the interior design and the general styling. It’ll certainly appeal to a targetted market of anyone above the age of 45 and a huge disposable income. Certainly not a mass market car at all – if Jaguar produced this today, it’d flop like a fat bloke from a diving board. But as a piece of retro classic automotive engineering art, it gets my vote.. My dad would love it.

  27. Ross A - February 23, 2012

    5.0 litre SC, I see. Either an AJV8 or Ford Cammer Crate..

  28. Andycolm - February 23, 2012

    That looks the bollocks.
    I do want.

  29. David 3500 - February 23, 2012

    Fabulously expensive, but also stunning to look at. I like the minimalist interior too.

    I just wonder what Jaguar’s views are on it and whether they wished they had considered a low volume, predominantly hand-built E-Type inspired sports car based on a modified version of the XK8 platform? Then again, they would have probably charged ‘only’ half this amount.

    I wish it all the best.

  30. francis brett francis brett - February 23, 2012

    when is british leyland going to build it?will i have time to cancel my order for the maxi 1750 i placed?

  31. svenman - February 23, 2012

    Can’t find the original reference right now, but wasn’t that a Swedish design company?

  32. Ross A - February 23, 2012

    @29 it would in no way have done the Jaguar product portfolio any favours at all if they produced it now, not even in a unique low volume production. It could make them money but it could also make the company look like it was looking backward. Very very bad. But like I say, those with the rose tints on and people like my dad might love it but, whilst I say it looks good, I truly hope Jaguar never produces anything like it.

  33. Graham Wall - February 24, 2012

    Jaguar should buy the rights & produce it, Can you imagine the demand for an affordable car that looks as good as that?

  34. Dr Bobby Love Dr Bobby Love - February 24, 2012

    @33, Graham..

    I’m pretty sure Jaguar already have the rights to do whatever they want with the E Type style language. If anything, these retro re thinking should be paying them! lol!

    I’m sticking with my guns though… Don’t like it, a re imagining too far.. and apart from that, the design is SO busy and cluttered… completely missing the smooth and sleek intention of the shape…. IMHO, Fail.

  35. Ross A - February 24, 2012

    @33 there clearly is demand for it but in all honesty it would not be good for Jaguar overall as it would damage their reputation as a foward looking company and harm their current product portfolio. It’s not a direction they should go in, therefore they should not be tasked with producing this car at all.

  36. Dr Bobby Love Dr Bobby Love - February 24, 2012

    Why does it have 2 fuel fillers? DOH! Me thinks they forgot to delete one when they mirrored the model.

  37. mark powell - February 24, 2012

    Cor! after all these years the Etype shape still turns heads this baby is it. perfection

  38. Dennis - February 24, 2012

    “The interior is nasty though – not very original or inspiring design. Too much wood which clashes with the metal effect.”

    Well i’m sure that wont be a problem, when you order yours you can just ask for a different Dash.

  39. Phil - February 24, 2012

    @36 – Jags of old used to have 2 tanks, and therefore 2 fillers ;)

    I like this in the same way that I liked the Bertone concept last year, but no way should Jaguar be building cars like this. Retro doesn’t work at this level, look at the R75 & S-Type if you want proof. Jaguar are bang on the money with their current range and concepts like the C-X16.

    IMHO.

  40. g scothern - February 24, 2012

    that one for the rich ,now a glass fiber one for the pore ,

  41. Ross A - February 25, 2012

    @39 agreed.

  42. Paul - February 25, 2012

    Theres retro and theres retro. The old XJ, S Type and X type all failed miserably. This is just fantastic though. Criminal that Jaguar wont build a car like this.

  43. Dr Bobby Love Dr Bobby Love - February 25, 2012

    Thing is… IF jag made this the reception would be very different.. they could make this exact car and they’d get booed out of the building imho.

  44. Marty B - February 25, 2012

    The headlamps and side vents spoil it a bit but all I can say is pwhoar. Pure automotive filth. It is enough to cause a crisis!

  45. Dennis - February 26, 2012

    “but no way should Jaguar be building cars like this”

    They aren’t…. this isn’t made or designed by Jaguar at all. Doesn’t even hint at being made by Jaguar in the article.

  46. Jeroen W - February 27, 2012

    Beautiful car, but two things jar:
    - the weight (with al that carbon fibre and aluminium I think 1.600 kg is er.. dissapoiting
    - the price (for that money I can buy a Ferrari 458 and an Aston V12 Vantage. Wow).

  47. Will - February 28, 2012

    Does anyone else think this looks old fashioned? Wouldn’t have been shocked to see that in about year 2000. The best ‘retro re-imagining’ car is the superb Alfa 8C. This thing looks crude in comparison despite the quality materials.

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