Steeped in rich history and luxury, a Jaguar is the classic man’s car. But classic doesn’t have to mean outdated. The automaker has unveiled an electric production version of its iconic E-Type. Sacrilege? Nah, just superb.
The Jaguar E-Type Zero is nearly identical to the classic ’60s sports car, except that its engine and transmission have been replaced with a battery pack and electric motor. Not only does that make the car emissions-free, it makes it some 100 pounds lighter and frees up a significant amount of trunk space. (Rejoice, retail therapy junkies!)
Tech specs will be revealed in due time, but last year’s concept boasted nearly 300bhp, a 5.5 second 0-100 km time, and a range of about 270 km (restored with a seven-hour charge). That makes it faster and more powerful than any gas-guzzling E-Type, although it likely also makes it considerably quieter.
Of course, the Zero is also equipped with all manner of modern-day perks: touch screen navigation, voice command, and LED lights. But worry not, fickle purists: Jaguar will let you choose to have the original ’60s instruments if you so desire.