The all-new David Brown Automotive has revealed its first product, an Aston Martin DB5-inspired grand tourer called the Speedback. The car is the brainchild of British businessman and sports car enthusiast David Brown, who has managed to combine a background in engineering and manufacturing with a love for cars. The car is the result of 18 months of hardship by the company's R&D team, including the Chief Designer, Alan Mobberley.
The Speedback may look like a classic beauty, but underneath the pretty sheet metal is a modern aluminum structure lifted out of the Jaguar XK. With the kind of design, one can never guess the Speedback is related to the XK. Powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 from the XKR, whose output in the Speedback remains unchanged at 510 horses of power. Drive in the Speedback goes to the rear wheels via a paddle-shifted six-speed automatic transmission.
He said, “The launch of Speedback is the realisation of a dream for me, and is the result of skilful and dedicated work by a team of highly talented designers, engineers and craftsmen. I am delighted at the reaction of the media, our suppliers, potential customers and friends, and I look forward to presenting the car to the public in Monaco. The Speedback name perfectly reflects the classic sports car tradition of the past, whilst also doing justice to the sophisticated silhouette of the car’s hand-built body and unique styling which features amongst much other detail, a fold-down picnic seat.”
David Brown will show its Speedback in public for the first time at the 2014 Top Marques Monaco running from April 17-20. The company estimates building no more than 50 examples per year, and will announce pricing at a later date.