Classic styling meets modern power.
The exceedingly lovely Speedback GT made its debut as a prototype in 2014. The car blended iconic retro styling synonymous with the likes of Aston Martin with a modern engine and drivetrain, giving potential buyers the chance to take home, quite literally, the best of both worlds.
Three years since conception, and the David Brown company is still churning out Jaguar XKR-based Speedback GTs by the dozen. At this year's Geneva Motor Show, the company had on display two stunning examples for us to fawn over.
Wearing handsome sky blue and deep red exterior finishes, the two Speedbacks you see here each took over 8,000 man hours to compete and are comprised of no less than 142 aluminium body panels. Just to give the car a full coat of paint was an eight week process, and the unique hinged boot replaces the standard XKR boot, calling for some serious modification to the rear.
All said and done, the 2017 model sees more than 237 significant changes over the original prototype we saw back in 2014. That includes the engine. Under the bonnet is a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 pushing out 510hp and 461lb ft of torque. That power gives it the capability of sprinting to 60mph in just 4.6 seconds and continue on to a top speed of 155mph.
Along with the two Speedback GTs on display in Geneva, the company has announced that it will be relocating its headquarters from Coventry to "larger premises in a prestigious location," which will give the company the chance to add more staff and increase production.
Source: David Brown