Restomod E-Type V12
This New 400 HP Jaguar E-Type Restomod Packs a Tuned V-12 Into a Classic Series Frame
Written By; Rachel Cormack [RR - Robb Report] & Photographs By; Alex Lawrence E-Type UK.
The beautiful beast brings serious grunt. E-Type UK has already proved it can restore Jaguar's landmark model, now it's decided to reimagine it. The Kent-based outfit has just unveiled a bold new riff on the beloved E-Type with even more power and panache.
The E-Types tuned 6.1-liter V-12 produces 400 hp. Alex Lawrence/E-Type UK
The beating heart is, of course, the V-12 engine that has been entirely re-engineered for greater grunt. Each of the 12 cylinders has been bored out further to increase the capacity by 800 cc. As a result, the 5.3-liter engine is now a 6.1-liter that can churn out around 400 hp "to provide a prodigious thrust at full throttle," according to the shop. That power is sent to the rear wheels via a new five-speed manual gearbox while a new stainless steel exhaust ensures a full-throated growl.
To increase reliability in all driving conditions, the rest of the roadster's mechanical components have also been upgraded. This includes the suspension, which is customized to each collector's preference for comfort and cornering stability.
The interior features luxe hand-stitched leather seats plus modern creature comforts.
The E-Type's famous wire wheels have also been upped to 16 inches in order to fit bigger brakes. This gives the Unleashed version a lower and wider stance than the original. Elsewhere, the signature stately bonnet sports extended louvers for improved engine cooling while the headlights have been fitted with LEDs.
As for the bespoke cabin, the hallmark '60s style is juxtaposed with a few contemporary touches. Think hand-stitched leather seats and a vintage dash paired with electric windows, central locking, Bluetooth, surround sound and A/C.
Naturally, the Unleashed doesn't come cheap. Nor should it, each example takes more than 4,000 hours of work to complete. Prices start at around $447,000 (£325,000) and you have to provide your own donor car. Best start searching for an old Series 3 now.