David Brown's Jaguar XKR-based sports car to debut in Monaco, specs confirmed

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David Brown Automotive has been teasing its Project Judi sports car for over a month, but with its latest teaser images and details, we finally have an idea what the classically inspired, sports coupe actually looks like.

Judi will be powered by a Jaguar-sourced 5.0-liter, supercharged V8 with 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet sending power to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Performance will be brisk, with Brown estimating the sprint to 60 miles per hour will take 4.6 seconds and top out at an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

The chassis will be taken from the Jaguar XKR, but the interior and exterior will be completely bespoke with a design by former Land Rover designer Alana Mobberley. Judging by the few teaser images, Judi will combine a front end similar to an Aston Martin DB5 and a swooping fastback with circular taillights. "I wanted all the impact and style of a classic sports car, but with modern capabilities and conveniences," said Brown.

The design relation to classic Aston Martins should not be a complete surprise. The David Brown behind the new company is a descendant of the David Brown who owned Aston Martin after World War II. The DB on many Aston Martin models is a reference to that earlier Brown. It seems like a huge legacy to live up to when launching your own car.

Brown will launch Project Judi at the Top Marques Show in Monaco on April 17, and like most of these British boutique cars, production will be very limited. Scroll down to read the company's full announcement about Judi.
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David Brown Automotive Announces Specification of First Car

Supercharged 5.0-litre V8, 510PS/ 625Nm, 6-speed automatic
0-60 mph (0-100km/h) in 4.6 (4.8) seconds; top speed 155 mph (248 km/h), limited
Chassis based on Jaguar XKR, bespoke and original exterior and interior design

All-new, British luxury automotive brand, David Brown Automotive, has announced the outline specifications of its first car.

Underneath its bespoke exterior design, is the acclaimed chassis and powertrain of the Jaguar XKR, optimised specifically for the car by Envisage group engineers.

This means the car will boast a thoroughly modern 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 engine, driving the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Performance will be suitably brisk, yet refined, delivering 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed exceeding 155mph (248 km/h).

"As reliability is vital, we chose to adopt a thoroughly proven and acclaimed chassis that not only delivers dynamic performance but also lends itself to our lightweight aluminium design. Renown for its performance and handling, the XKR has been extensively developed and refined by one of the world's greatest car manufacturers, making it an obvious choice on which to base our car" said David.

These state-of-the-art underpinnings are matched to a completely original exterior and interior design, realised through the highest quality materials and craftsmanship.

David explained: "I wanted all the impact and style of a classic sports car, but with modern capabilities and conveniences. This is what I want in a car, but it's not something anyone really offers. So, I've created it myself."

"It has been developed using a combination of both traditional and contemporary technology, including the latest in automotive expertise. It has undergone a thorough analysis and development programme, including highly advanced windtunnel and dynamic simulations."

"Project Judi" will be revealed to the public at the Top Marques Show, in Monaco, on 17th April 2014.

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