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David Brown Automotive’s new car teased – it’s a re-skinned Jaguar XKR

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

David Brown’s new car teased ahead of an April reveal

Just a few weeks ago we learnt that a new garden shed maker of luxury sports cars is about to bow in to the competitive market place for bespoke, high-end cars as David Brown Automotive revealed their plans for a new car. All we really learnt with that first news – apart from the fact it brought an iconic Automotive name back in to the car world (although it’s a different David Brown) – is that David Brown Automotive were planning a luxury sport car in the classic mould.

Now, ahead of a public debut of ‘Project Judi’ at Monaco’s Top Marques Show in April, David Brown has revealed that their new car will basically be a Jaguar XKR with a bespoke and original interior and exterior. Which sounds a lot like the Lyonheart K which is being built by the same company – Envisage in Coventry.

David Brown said:

As reliability is vital, we chose to adopt a thoroughly proven and acclaimed chassis that not only delivers dynamic performance but also lends itself to our lightweight aluminium design.

Renown for its performance and handling, the XKR has been extensively developed and refined by one of the world’s greatest car manufacturers, making it an obvious choice on which to base our car.

Performance looks identical to the Jaguar XKR, with the 503bhp Supercharged V8 managing a scoot to 62mph in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

Can David Brown Automotive make a re-skinned Jaguar XKR stand out from the competition and bring it in at a price that makes it appealing?

We’ll find out in April in Monaco.

By Cars UK