I have always been fond of the old Jaguar XKE’s. When I was working in the Ferrari shop in my youth, we were hired to perform a complete frame-off restoration on a 1967 XKE V12 Convertible. When the restoration was complete I won the right to take it on its inaugural first drive after winning a fierce game of rock, paper, scissors with my coworkers. As I turned over that massive V12 and heard the continuous winding of the starter motor I was hooked. I took it on a 2 hour drive around the city and highway. Despite having to pull over for about 30 minutes due to it overheating I was in heaven. Since then, I have always dreamt of owning one someday.
With the advent of the Lyonheart K my dreams are slowly changing priority. Named after the original founder of Jaguar, William Lyons, the Lyonheart K is designed in Switzerland and built in Britain. The new Lyonheart K is a modern interpretation of the classic Jaguar E-Types. The retro-style coupe was created by Robert Palm, founder and CEO of Classic Factory, a unique automotive, marine, and industrial design house located just west of Lausanne. Palm created a completely new company, Lyonheart Cars, to build a limited run of these hand-built coupes.
Similar to many of the supercars on the market today the Lyonheart K incorporates a modern carbon-fiber body on an aluminum chassis. Powered by a 5.0-liter V8 producing 544-horsepower, the Lyonheart K will go 0-60 mph in a shattering 4.0 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph. That’s no easy feat considering the car weighs in at around 3500 lbs.
As much as I can appreciate great specs such as high horsepower and top speeds, I must admit I am a sucker for good looks. I can easily sacrifice some horsepower for a better looking car. The Lyonheart K is one of those cars I am more than willing to make that sacrifice for. Boasting authentic details as a front-hinged clam-shell hood and an interior trimmed in leather, polished steel, brushed aluminum and wood veneer; the Lyonheart is poised to run in the same circles as the Pagani Huayra and Bugatti Veyron to name a few.
The first 50 cars are slated to go into production in Coventry, England with the factory quoting a delivery time of 18 months. Unfortunately for me it will take me much longer to deliver the $655,000 (plus tax) it costs to own one of these magnificent pieces of artwork. I do have to say however, if I could afford this cat, I definitely wouldn’t be kicking it out of the house in the evenings.