David Brown's New Baby Blends Retro Style And A 593bhp Jaguar V8

They don't make 'em like they used t... oh, wait. David Brown Automotive's new 10-car Silverstone Edition is the perfect mix of classic looks and 21st Century muscle
David Brown's New Baby Blends Retro Style And A 593bhp Jaguar V8

This is the David Brown Speedback Silverstone Edition, and isn’t it handsome? It’s the sort of thing that could brighten your day just by crossing your path, but sadly that’s not likely as just 10 will be made. One is currently under the spotlights at the Geneva Motor Show.

Still based on the old Jaguar XKR, but with a host of modernisations to the styling to make it a much more current-looking animal than the old Speedback GT, the Silverstone Edition’s highlights include the gorgeous addition of driving lamps within the vaguely Aston Martin-ish front grille. Even the front parking sensors somehow add to the look.

David Brown's New Baby Blends Retro Style And A 593bhp Jaguar V8

Under the bonnet is a mighty evolution of Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged engine, with 593bhp, 565lb ft and a connection to the rear wheels only. The back tyres are chubby 285-section items to make sure there’s enough traction.

Sending the power rearwards is an older-style but bulletproof ZF six-speed automatic gearbox. To enhance the Silverstone Edition’s sporting credentials there’s an ‘upgraded’ suspension setup with ‘performance brakes’ and an active rear differential.

David Brown's New Baby Blends Retro Style And A 593bhp Jaguar V8

Forged 20-inch alloys in a style called Afterburner are unique to the model, while the four exhaust tips are another jet-inspired touch.

On the inside there’s as much retro-inspired modern luxury as you could realistically ask for. The two tan leather seats look stunning, but they’re also heated, with a Silverstone track outline embroidered into the headrests. There’s plenty of brushed chrome but it can’t betray the modernity on show; there’s Bluetooth, sat-nav and a rather lovely Bowers & Wilkins surround sound stereo.

David Brown's New Baby Blends Retro Style And A 593bhp Jaguar V8

The Silverstone Edition marks the ‘significance’ of the company’s relocation to the famous old circuit. Company founder David Brown (obviously) said:

“Ever since David Brown Automotive relocated to Silverstone, we have wanted to mark the significance of the circuit’s aeronautical and motorsport heritage,

“Speedback Silverstone Edition addresses our ambition on every level, as a visually stunning Grand Tourer and the most performance-focused model we have ever made.”

Are you braced for the price? The hand-built limited edition costs £744,000, plus any options or customisations. That’s roughly £120,000 more than the GT. Still, if our Euromillions numbers come in this week, we’d probably spend the extra.

The company also builds the Mini Remastered, a £50,000-plus classic Mini made modern.


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It looks like one of these “retro” concept cars from 2005 where you could see what they were inspired by, but you could also see that they just put 1960s design elements on a current car, which looks disproportionate. As with all hand built British sports cars, the interior is nice though.

03/09/2018 - 08:46 |
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To be fair it’s just a touched up jag xk interior

03/09/2018 - 08:55 |
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Nishant Dash

I love how there are so many retro remade cars this year! I’m fckin loving it 😄

03/09/2018 - 08:58 |
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Looks like a squashed mini cooper

03/09/2018 - 09:10 |
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Airvents straight outta a new mercedes! Loogs good though

03/09/2018 - 09:16 |
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Can Erdem 1

Are those Mercedes air vents?

03/09/2018 - 09:17 |
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Just what I was thinking. Someone nicked a couple of those from Mercedes.

03/09/2018 - 09:28 |
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Who the hell would pay over 1 million dollars for a Jaguar XKR with Down’s syndrome?

03/09/2018 - 09:23 |
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TheDriver 1

Is it just me, or is it just trying a bit too hard….?

03/09/2018 - 09:51 |
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Not a fan of the looks if I’m honest

03/09/2018 - 09:56 |
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Mercedes airvents..

03/09/2018 - 10:06 |
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K Chaitanya Rao

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Thats exactly what came to my mind!

03/09/2018 - 11:13 |
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03/09/2018 - 10:14 |
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No just no

03/09/2018 - 11:42 |
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Omg it really does look like it 😭😂

03/09/2018 - 12:45 |
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Duggan (koalafan) (koalafan7) (Esprit Team) (Z32 Group) (Lot

In reply to by Kaspars

That is literally all I saw

03/09/2018 - 13:07 |
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My thoughts exactly…

03/09/2018 - 13:50 |
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In reply to by Kaspars

I’d honestly buy one of those and turn it into a massive ass sleeper…

03/09/2018 - 13:50 |
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