27 Mar 2013

Lyonheart K - Isn't it actually a bit rubbish?

Everybody's getting excited about the new Lyonheart K but we'd like to swim against the tide and suggest that, actually, it's a bit rubbish.

The facts: Lyonheart plan to make 250 units.  The K is based on the XKR, has an aluminium body and shares the XKR's engine, albeit breathed on by Cosworth to produce 575bhp.  It will do 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 186mph.  The cost - £307,000 for the coupe and £320,000 for the convertible.

A Jaguar XKR-S coupe costs £97,000 and the convertible is £103,000.  It has 550bhp and does 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds.

For the price of one Lyonheart K you can buy three fantastic looking (and sounding, and handling) XKR-Ss.  And what do you get?  A faux E-type body shell, 20 inch wire wheels and a hideous interior.  Would you take a look at that steering wheel?

If you want an E-type, buy an E-type for £100,000 or, even better, buy an Eagle E for £250,000.  It's an E type rebuilt from scratch to an exacting specification with updated mechanicals but remaining true to the original design.  Ian Callum, Jaguar's ├╝ber designer of the modern era, says of the Eagle E-type Speedster: "If I were to have an E-type, for example, it would have to be the Eagle Speedster - I just love that car. It’s just how I would have designed it; it taking the E-type Jaguar’s purity to a whole new level"

So why the hell would you buy a Lyonheart K?  It's the Emperor's New Clothes, fake Roman columns, mock Tudor house, the fake gills on the new Range Rover and a fake Ferrari made from a Toyota MR2 all wrapped into one bundle of faux English heritage.

If you want the real thing buy the real thing.  If you want a poorly designed copy you've got no taste.