Jaguar remodels 'world's most beautiful car' for the electric era
Jaguar is reviving classic cars for the electric era, launching the E-Type Zero, a modern-day version of what was once dubbed "the world's most beautiful car".
The car, which is expected to retail at nearly £300,000 (NZ$543,337), is being unveiled at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Festival in the British capital on Friday (Saturday NZ time).
It comes as the luxury car firm has said it will electrify all new car models brought on to the market from 2020, effectively banning petrol and diesel.
The E-Type Zero is a remake of the E-type, which was first launched in 1961 and has since regularly been voted the best-looking car of all time. Even Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made".
The E-Type Zero drives and looks like an E-type and, despite its electric engine, is actually quicker than an original E-type. It manages 0-100kmh in 5.5 seconds, about one second quicker than an original E-type.
Whereas the original model used a 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine, its modern-day equivalent uses a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged from home overnight in around seven hours.
Car experts said the re-invigoration of classic design for the new age of electric cars could help generate interest in electric versions among driving enthusiasts who had previously snubbed the idea.
James Baggott, editor in chief of Car Dealer magazine, said: "One of the main things that is putting people off switching to electric cars is that they look like electric cars.
"A lot of people do not like the slightly wacky look, so the idea of creating something classically beautiful could really catch on. It could kick-start electric cars for a new generation and spark a new era of car design."
HOW THE NEW MODEL MEASURES UP
* Engine: 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine in Series 1 E-Type
* Horsepower: 265bhp
* Speed: 0-60mph in 7 seconds
* Engine: 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack
* Horsepower: 220kW
* Speed: 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds
- The Telegraph, London