The Jaguar E-Type is one of those cars that just makes you drool. Setting the bar very high for other vehicles in its class back in the 1960s, the E-Type was literally an icon. Many tried to ape its good looks though none could ever oust it from its perch at the top. But most of these efforts were appreciated as it isn’t easy imitating something as beautiful as the E-Type.
Bo Zolland of Sweden is one such designer who decided to model his design along the lines of the E-Type, though with modern touches. He named it the Growler-E but his concept didn’t make it into production. Now, however, it is set to see the light of the day after being tweaked by designer Robert Palm under a new name: Lyonhart K. Palm has given the car a more aggressive look with heightened cat-like headlamps.
Lyonhart Cars Ltd is the company that is producing the Lyonhart K. Incidentally, it was set up solely for the purpose of manufacturing this tweaked version of the Growler-E. The collaboration between Zolland and Palm will see Lyonhart running on a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 capable of delivering 550 hp and 501 lb/ft of torque. This will take it to electronically limited top speeds of 186 mph and a sprint time of under four seconds from 0-62 mph.
Lyonhart has a chassis built out of brushed aluminum and covered by carbon fiber panels. It also incorporates chrome, stainless steel and wood veneers, giving it a weight of 1,600 kg. British customers can expect to pay about 415,000 Pounds for this hand-built modern rendition of the E-Type. Yes, we know it’s out of the price league of many automobile lovers which is why it’s a good thing that it’s a limited series. Needless to say, wealthy folk will be hankering to place orders for this very classy and stylish E-Type-inspired car.