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2011 Jaguar Growler E celebrates original E-Type
By Brett Davis | February 23rd, 2011

This has got to be the sexiest car we’ve seen so far this year. It’s modelled on one of the most iconic and best-looking British sports cars of all time: the sensuous Jaguar E-Type of the Sixties. Enzo Ferrari once said the original E-Type Jag was “the most beautiful car ever made.” Now there’s a remake well-worthy of carrying that badge. Meet the Jaguar Growler E 2011.



To help Jaguar celebrate the E-Type’s 50th anniversary, an enthusiastic Swiss businessman decided to fund this rather exquisite project which was then put together by Bo Zolland, from Swedish design studio Vizualtech, and Robert Palm, an independent Swiss designer.

At first impressions you can easily tell this is one thorough piece of work that compliments the original E-Type in every way. It’s almost impossible to imagine that underneath that sexy body sits a current-generation Jaguar XKR. The rear of the Growler E swoops down and back, taking full inspiration from the original model, including the ‘hourglass’ curves and the large flat rear window.



Meanwhile, at the front, the grille presents a modern take on the wide-open ‘catfish’ mouth of the original, including the segmented bumper bars. Although the more traditional one-piece headlight design has made way for a circa-1990s twin-headlight layout, we think it works very well and accentuates the grown-up character.



Even the bonnet has been designed to mimic the original classic, complete with horizontal vents and hinged like a giant clam shell from the nose. The space between the front wheel arches and the start of the doors is long and designed to replicate the classic, but it’s also filled with heat-extracting vents for that modern touch.

Underneath the bonnet sits the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 featured in Jaguar XKR. Power figures haven’t been finalised yet, but designers say the engine will be tweaked somewhat. So instead of outputting 375kW it will produce more like 448kW. Now that would certainly make for one of the fastest road-going E-Types around.



Designers say the Growler weighs a lot less than the XKR donor car too, thanks to the use of carbon fibre sections in the chassis and aluminium components. All up, changes are said to have provided a weight reduction of around 200kg. Weighing around 1550kg in total, the Growler E is expected to achieve 0-100km/h in under four seconds.

The performance is quite something, but it’s the attention to detail that we love. Even the multi-spoke ‘wire’ wheels with the chrome spindle locking nuts, chrome bumper bars and tiny chrome mirrors represent the original E-Type Jag down to a tee.



Pricing for the Growler E hasn’t been announced yet. Unfortunately, production isn’t even confirmed. However, the designers say that if there is enough demand, they will produce a small series of them which will be hand-built. Fingers crossed.
wow that is dead sexy :hitit:
 

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2011 Growler E production confirmed!
By Brett Davis | March 8th, 2011

Remember the stunning Growler E Jaguar E-Type remake concept we reported on a few weeks ago? Well, it seems the car has since gathered enough interest for the company behind its creation to produce a limited run.

Various sources from around the world have been speaking with the car’s company spokesman, Robert Palm. He spoke about the car’s production in a recent AUSmotive report, saying,

The first car will be ready in the summer next year if planning goes as expected. More cars will take approximately six months each to build and not more than three or four cars can be built simultaneously with the current structure.

“If demand is overwhelming, we might contract specialists like Steyr in Austria or Valmet in Finland. But really it’s too early to say right now.”

It’s pretty incredible that this car is actually ready to go. The only aspect Vizualtech and Robert Palm are yet to finalise is the interior. To top off the Growler E package, the interior would have to be equipped with a tasteful decor complete with wood veneers, subtle chrome trimming details and above all, showcase a quintessentially British atmosphere. Palm said,

“The interior is still under development, we don’t have suitable pictures of it. But I can already tell you it will be as stunning as the exterior. Even if most components are taken from the XKR, it will be hard to tell at first sight.”

Since the original Jaguar E-Type was considered to be a proper sports car, you’d expected a modern take on the fine classic to be a rather expensive one. And you’d be right. The good thing about the price, however, is the more people that invest in this sure-to-be future classic, the cheaper the initial outlay will be. Palm said,

Pricing depends on production, hand-made cars may cost between 750,000 and a million euro each ($1,036,441 to $1,381,922). If small series production is started, the price may be around 500,000 euro. The very first car will cost a lot, lot more.”

So if money isn’t really an issue for you – and for this, it shouldn’t be – then you can be the lucky first buyer to get things going.
Awesome to hear its going into production.
 
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