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Lyonheart K inspired by Jaguar E-Type

Classic Factory may be Swiss, but it will be new British company Lyonheart Cars Ltd, that will be building the Lyonheart K, a luxury sports car that is based on a modern, but somewhat retro style version of the iconic Jaguar E-Type.

The car was designed by Robert Palm, CEO of Classic Factory in collaboration with Swedish designer Bo Zolland, and as Palm says, "We want to make the 'Made In England' label into a truthful concept, not just a statement. Every part of the Lyonheart K is developed, engineered and hand-built in England. The design clues of the Lyonheart K reflect Britishness at its best: cool, elegant, refined, understated yet powerful and dynamic."

The Lyonheart K is so British, that it will be entirely hand-built in Coventry and it will a limited production of 250 units between the coupé and convertible versions.

The K will feature a Cosworth 5.0 litre supercharged V8 engine that delivers 575PS (430kW) and 700Nm of (516lb-ft) of torque, linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission that allows the car to reach 100kph in less than 4 seconds and tops at 300kph (electronically limited).

Housed in aluminum chassis with double wishbone front suspension with electronic dampers and the multilink rear suspension also sports electronic dampers and the car sits on 20" alloy wheels.

The retrò touch can be found not only in the long and muscular bonnet, but also in the air intakes, and in the convertible version has a fully electrically operated roof which can be raised or lowered in just 12 seconds and operated fully automatically at speeds of up to 50km/h.

The inside of Lyonheart K features a woodgrain dash and the instrument panel has chromed metal surrounded dials and the upholstery drips leather from the seating, fascia, console and door panels.

The multimedia system has 7" high-resolution colour touch-screen, that controls Bluetooth, iPod and USB connections and also satellite navigation and climate control systems, while the audio system in Bowers & Wilkins.

The Lyonheart K will available starting from December 2013 at the cost 360.000 euro for the coupé and 375.000 euro for the convertible model.

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