Beginning of this year, a new automotive startup called David Brown Automotive was announced and here is their first vehicle, called Speedback, based on the Jaguar XKR.
This new British coachbuilder has done a great job and its unique handcrafted GT is obviously inspired by the legendary Aston Martin DB5, that James Bond drove in Goldfinger, but in a modern package with modern technology.
Based on the Jaguar XKR, it is powered by a 503bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 with 461 lb-ft of torque, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, enabling it to accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155mph.
The interior layout is very familiar from the XKR, but with a more luxurious touch, featuring a premium leather upholstery, wood trim and metallic switchgear. A very cool bonus is a foldable picnic seat at the luggage compartment.
The Speedback with its modern retro styling is a result of 18 months of work and will be handcrafted in Coventry. Production details and pricing were not announced during London debut, but we expect to hear more next month when it makes its more general public debut at the Top Marques show in Monaco.
All we know is that it will “be produced in limited numbers, thus ensuring the kind of exclusivity associated with Britain’s once proud heritage of traditional, high-quality, automotive coach- building”, said founder David Brown.