Jensen revived as new model unveiled


The first new Jensen model since 2001 was revealed today, including tantalising images of the car's full-size clay rendering. The Jensen GT is the first new model to be unveiled since the demise of the S-V8.

While clearly taking some styling cues from the original Jensens, its designers are keen to distance the GT from a 'new' Interceptor, which is expected to be unveiled next year.

After years of legal wrangling over the Jensen name, the GT has been launched by the Jensen Group. It will be built by Jensen International Automotive – known for their modified Interceptor R models – and a production run of just 80 examples has been planned, with each car expected to cost in the region of £350,000. 

The Jensen GT will be built by hand, with the first prototype expected to break cover in early 2016. 

"With the GT being a true low volume, hand-built car, its design and construction reflects that," said a spokesman. "The use of a spaceframe chassis integrated with a composite structure, moulded and hand-formed panels applied to a modern take on the traditional Superleggera body building technique, blended with selected carry over parts, allows us to produce a unique yet extremely accomplished vehicle in the true spirit of the Jensen marque."


Chris Martin

I prefer the looks compared with modern day sports and GTs, but just buying a name and creating a pretty face is not going to be enough to float this one I'm afraid. To play in that market it would need to have a stronger DNA link to a respected past, Jensen never really survived long enough in any one incarnation to really establish that DNA. Yes, the 541, CV8, Interceptor are all real classics today, end the FF even more so as a technological leader, but they never really got into their stride before going broke. (The Gordon-Keeble analogy above is relevant too.) Then, apart from a few well meaning but limited restoration and Interceptor Mark 73 upgrade attempts there has really been nothing new since the ill-received Jensen-Healey. No I do not see how they hope to convince buyers in this market to part with such sums. May I suggest they recoup their losses now by selling that design to Hyundai or Chery; they could make a cheap coupe with those looks and sell a million copies for under 20 grand.


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