Growler E-type homage officially reborn as the Lyonheart K

| 23 Feb 2012

As we predicted on 15 February (click here for the story), the Growler concept is back – now called the Lyonheart K and carrying a terrifying pre-tax price-tag of €495,000 with an estimated delivery time of 18 months.

What you get for that not insubstantial sum is "an all-new, truly British luxury sports car". Despite being based on renderings from Switzerland, the production car is to be hand-built in Coventry by a new company, Lyonheart Cars Ltd.

Powered by a supercharged 5-litre V8 (from a Jaguar XKR-S), it has an aluminium chassis clothed in carbon fibre panels and weighs under 1600kg.

The company reckons it will hit 60mph in fewer than 4 seconds and will have a (limited) top speed of close to 190mph.

The Growler it is based on was designed by Robert Palm in collaboration with Bo Zolland and, although Lyonheart is not saying how many cars production will be limited to, it is now taking orders for the first 50.Robert Palm, CEO of Classic Factory, said: "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."Click here for more info and here to see our previous story.