Jensen is back, with not one but two ‘new’ models set to officially revive the badge after a 13-year hiatus.
Under 'The Jensen Group' banner, the carmaker’s comeback model is called the GT, which it says has been styled to bring the Jensen name into the modern era.
The Jensen Group is headed by Tim Hearley, who once served as Aston Martin boss, and the new model will be built under a naming agreement between the Group and specialist tuners Jensen International Automotive (JIA).
While styling might remind owners of yesteryear, the GT is to be a more modern affair underneath and the tail-lights appear to have been borrowed from the thoroughly-modern Jaguar F-TYPE.
The chassis is to be largely of aluminium while carbon-fibre will be used elsewhere in the car’s construction for an estimated weight of 1530kg.
AP brakes measuring 350mm at the front and 300mm at the rear will be housed inside 19x8-inch and 19x10-inch wheels respectively.
Power will come from a GM-sourced 6.4 litre supercharged V8 petrol engine producing a healthy 496kW/854Nm, matched with either a manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Further details on the GT’s styling are scarce, with only a clay model on show at this stage.
As for production plans, Jensen plans to build only as many GTs as it receives orders for - all hand-built, and on the road by early 2016. It says the GT will focus on performance, while offering a level of refinement “above that of the average muscle car”.
After kicking off with the GT, fans will be eagerly anticipating Jensen’s second new model next year with the company confirming an ‘Interceptor 2’ is on the way.
This model is believed to be a somewhat ‘modern’ interpretation of the original, which will follow the groundwork laid down by the GT.
Pricing for the GT in the UK is expected to begin at around £350,000 (AU$693,000), but as customers personalise their cars with options available through Jensen, this amount is expected to rise.
Customers will also have a choice of engine outputs, transmissions and more. Jensen is also planning to offer bespoke cars on special order.
Jensen fans might remember at least two attempts to keep the flame burning over the last 13 years, including two interpretations of the Interceptor; 2008 and 2011.
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