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Jensen GT Heralds Comeback for British Sports Car Name

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/25/2015 Alex Nishimoto

The Jensen name may finally make a comeback after being absent from the sports car game for decades. Jensen Cars Ltd., the latest revival of the British marque, has announced the Jensen GT, a retro coupe styled after the Interceptor of the 1960s and '70s.

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The Jensen GT, represented in clay model form in the photos above and below, was styled by retro designer Jonathan Gould, and is intended to bridge the gap between the last Interceptor built in 1976 and a new "radical, state of the art" model planned for 2016. The car will be hand-built at the company's Banbury, Oxfordshire headquarters in the U.K., with production limited based on customer demand. The Jensen GT is made up of parts from the Jensen Interceptor R, the company's own modernized version of the Interceptor; the Jensen SV8, a failed reboot of the brand by a different company; and other makes. Looking at the mock-up, the donor for the taillights is likely a Jaguar F-Type. Jensen Cars Ltd. says the GT will also benefit from both modern and traditional materials, as well as old and new design and manufacturing techniques.

Jensen GT clay model© Provided by MotorTrend Jensen GT clay model

The front-mid-engine two-door features a body that uses N/C-machined aluminum ribs and lightweight body panels made out of aluminum and composite materials. Steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber are used in the structure, while a GM-derived supercharged 6.4-liter V-8 provides ample power at 665 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or six-speed semi-automatic transmission.

Though it's just a clay model for now, the Jensen GT gives us hope for a return of the once-respected sports car name.

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Jensen GT clay model© Provided by MotorTrend Jensen GT clay model

Source: Jensen Cars Ltd.

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