Vijay Pattni04 March 2011

Jaguar E-Type concept to be built

Jaguar ‘Growler’ rendering to become supercharged, 5.0-litre V8-powered reality

Growler Jag concept car

Remember that rather delectable Jaguar E-Type concept we showed you last week?

Well, it's been scheduled for a limited production. And by limited, we mean very.

Speaking to TopGear.com, Robert Palm of Swedish design studio Vizualtech, the chaps behind the car, said: "The first car will be ready in the summer of 2012 - if planning goes as expected."

See more pics of the Growler E concept car

Each ‘Growler' will be hand-built and is expected to take six months to assemble, with no more than three or four cars done simultaneously.

The car is based on the Jaguar XKR and will be built on a composite body glued to a carbon fibre chassis. Two tubular frames will then be bolted at the front and rear, which hold the steering, transmission, suspension and engine.

And that engine will be a remapped version of Jag's supercharged 5.0-litre V8 producing 600bhp. The Growler is expected to weigh around 1,550kg and, says Palm, should hit 62mph in under four seconds.

"If demand is overwhelming we might contract specialists like Steyr in Austria or Valmet in Finland," says Palm.

Pricing is tricky, but if small series production is started, expect to pay around £420,000. If only a few are made, expect to pay upwards of £850,000. Let's just hope it gets a better name...

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