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Lyonheart K Is The Modern Day Jaguar E-Type

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On: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lyonheart K Is The Modern Day Jaguar E-Type

It may be called 'Lyonheart', but the car before you is all Jaguar at heart. The Swiss-designed, British-built coupe is a modern day reinterpretation of one of the most iconic cars ever - the Jaguar E-Type.

The Lyonheart K was designed by Swiss firm Classic Factory and displayed last winter. The car was originally called the Growler E, but has since changed its name and its country of origin. Limited production will begin in Great Britain with deliveries scheduled for next year.

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."

In order to solidify its British manufacturing intentions, the new manufacturer Lyonheart Cars Ltd. was founded in Coventry.

Each of the Lyonheart K models will pair a carbon fiber body with an aluminum chassis and will be handcrafted from high-end materials like leather, polished stainless steel and brushed aluminum. The car's design has gotten some finishing touches since its initial debut last year - the dual headlights have been replaced by a sleeker pair, the lines have been smoothed and sculpted, and the interior luxurified.

The Lyonheart K is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine worth close to 550-hp. Those horses push a car that tips the scales around 3,500 lbs. The model hits 60 mph in under 4 seconds and tops out around 186 mph.

Lyonheart has opened its order books to the first 50 buyers. At a price of 495,000 euros ($657,500), however, you might want to shop around for an actual Jaguar E-Type (plus a few other cars) before committing to this modern day knockoff.

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Sami18 | 11:28AM (Tue, Feb 28, 2012)

What were these automakers thinking? Who in their right mind would want to buy a knock off of a Jaguar when they can get one probably for the same price.

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