We've been waiting for the new Connaught for over a year, and it looks like our patience is about to be rewarded - the production prototype of its first 2+2 sports car is ready for launch at January's Autosport International exhibition.
The Connaught Type-D GT "Syracuse" celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Grand Prix victory for a British car, a Connaught, at the 1955 Syracuse Grand Prix.

Although a lot of the buzz about the Connaught has centered around its upcoming gas/electric hybrid model, the launch version of the Type-D is gasoline-only, powered by a supercharged 2.0-liter V10, putting out 300 bhp and 274 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a five-speed gearbox.

With a weight of less than 1700 pounds, the diminutive V10 is able to hustle the car to a 0-60 time of less than 5 seconds, and a top speed of 170 mph.

The order book is now open, with U.K. prices in the $100,000 to $140,000 range.

The upcoming "HigherBred" (oh, please…) hybrid version, using a normally aspirated version of the V10, should go on sale later in 2006 for $70,000-85,000, followed in 2007 by a gasoline-only version for around $60,000. More info at Connaught's website.

[via PistonHeads and Autocar, and a tip from &]

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