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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