March 31, 2014
Built atop the soon to be deceased Jaguar XKR, the Speedback GT is a retro flashback
David Brown Automotive has done something many bespoke coach builders have done before it. Wrap a classic, iconic shape around a thoroughly modern architecture and powertrain. But, in the case of the Speedback GT, the focus was to use the Aston Martin DB5 as inspiration.
While the body may look classic enough, the materials are anything but. All body panels are made from handcrafted aluminum mounted to computer-machined bucks to provide the lowest possible weight.
Under the hood, a very familiar engine lays in wait: a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 producing 503 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque will get this big GT car moving in a hurry. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic, good for a run to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 248 km/h.
But, who really cares about the numbers? Just look at it. It’s absolutely gorgeous. That’s all that really matters.