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Peter Anderson | Mar, 21 2013 | 1 Comment

UK-based Lyonheart is all set to put into production its beautiful 21st century interpretation of the Jaguar E-Type.

Built just a few miles from Jaguar's own factory on the opposite side of Coventry, the Lyonheart K roadster and hardtop will start rolling off the line late this year.

The sleek machine is propelled by a 5.0 litre Cosworth V8 with a thumping 430kW and 700Nm of torque. The supercharged unit is fitted with a six-speed ZF automatic.

The company's official website says the K will reach an electronically limited 300km/h and, depending on the model you choose, will reach 100km/h in between 3.7 and 3.9 seconds.

The combined fuel economy figure on the Euro cycle is quoted at an impressive 11.9l/100km.

The chassis is all-aluminium, but Lyonheart hasn't yet revealed a kerb weight. It's likely to be under two tonnes, even when weighed down by a sumptuous leather and wood appointed interior.

The panels are aluminium too, shaped by a process called superforming where the sheetmetal is heated and then forced into shape using air pressure.

Before local taxes, the coupe will set you back €360,000 ($448,000) and the convertible €375,000 ($467,000).

Owners can spend a lot more via the company's Bespoke program, and at this price, it's unlikely prospective purchasers are too bothered by the thought of spending more.

Originally planned for a run of just fifty cars, the strong interest has meant the Swiss-owned company has added another two hundred to the schedule, with the convertible version added since the car was first announced.

The first car off the line is expected in December.

 
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