I’ve just managed to snatch a glimpse of a truly elegant car, with sweeping lines that may remind some people of a certain age of the Jaguar E-type in it’s heyday. The car was originally unveiled as a concept vehicle based on the Jaguar XKR about a year ago. As with all concept vehicles, once they have been revealed to the public and reviews and comments flood back, the original idea gets diluted and stripped down until the manufacturer feels that it is right for public release.
The Lyonheart website says “..over the years, the British car industry has seen many legendary names disappear..” and one name that I think we can all be relieved to see disappear is the Growler moniker that the poor car was originally saddled with. I mean, what on earth where they thinking? I often wonder sometimes how so many cars have been christened with such awful names over the past 60 years. Well, that’s one thing stripped away from the concept car that we can all appreciate.
Jaguar’s fastest ever sports saloon and super-German rival will be using all of its fairly whopping 542bhp (and 680Nm of torque) on the famous Goodwood hill climb course today, as the new mega-cat makes its no doubt rather noisy UK public debut.
Okay, so a Jaguar isn’t a lion, but with 542bhp of instant supercharged V8 grunt and an exhaust roar to terrify anything with ears, this big cat is definitely one of the very baddest beasties in any town.
Described as the largest motoring garden party in the world, the Goodwood Festival of Speed feels like a scene from a Steve McQueen film, full of good old fashioned style, glamour and the heady smell of petrol mixed with the exhilaration of fast cars going fast as well as fast cars standing still, taking their moment in the limelight and being admired.
The 2013 theme will be celebrating the previous 20 years of this hugely respected car and culture event. Such landmarks always encourage popular returns and one of these will be the fantastically named drag racing star, Bob Riggle, who first wowed the crowds with his hillclimb wheelies in a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda in 2001. He returned again in 2003 and 2007 and will be back again for 2013.
The motoring press don’t get to drive Jaguar’s new, all-aluminium 2-seater – called F-Type – until this April, but Motor-Vision very recently got to have a good look around this silver-grey production-ready prototype, an F-Type S with 380bhp, much like the car we’ll see in the Jaguar dealers in a couple of months. No driving, but the Jag guys did fire it up, and oh boy!