The classic Jaguar D-Type makes a comeback.
Now this really is groooovy baby. Jaguar has confirmed it will build a modern version of its classic D-type Jag -- complete with the "shark fin" behind the driver's seat. It will be the fastest and most powerful Jaguar production car ever made, even eclipsing the famed XJ220 supercar from the 1990s.
Jaguar F-Type Project 7Price
The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 was designed to pay tribute to the three-time Le Mans winning D-type, which in 2014 is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Meanwhile, the "7" pays homage to Jaguar's seven outright Le Mans wins.
Just 250 of the special editions will be made and Jaguar Australia's product manager is in the UK this week pleading the case for a handful of cars to come Down Under.
"We are looking into availability and we hope to finalise our plans in the next couple of weeks," said Jaguar Australia spokeswoman Bethany Allsopp. "At this stage we can't confirm that we are bringing it in but we have representatives in the UK now finding out how many we can get."
The modern classic is expected to cost close to $300,000 if it comes to Australia; the dearest Jaguar F-Type R coupe currently is $220,000 plus on-road costs.
The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 is powered by an uprated version of Jaguar's supercharged 5.0-litre V8 and has a eight-speed automatic gearbox. The company claims it will reach the speed limit in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 300km/h.
The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 will be more exclusive than the XJ220 supercar. There were 281 of those built between 1992 and 1994, but Jaguar will limit this production run to 250 vehicles.
: $300,000 (estimated)Engine
: Supercharged 5.0-litre V8Transmission
: Eight-speed automaticPower
: 423kW and 680Nm0 to 100km/h
: 3.9 secondsTop speed
: 300km/h (electronically limited)Weight
: 1585kgOn sale
: Next year (to be confirmed for Australia)