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Restored Jaguar E-Type has a 220 kW electric heart


Guaranteed to draw widespread attention both positively and negatively no doubt, Jaguar Land Rover's Classic division has put a dramatic spin on the iconic E-Type by launching a modern recreation known as the Zero Concept.

Due to be launched at the annual JLR Tech Fest starting in London on September eighth, the concept uses a resorted left-hand-drive Series 1.5 E-Type Roadster as a base, but bins the analogue instrument cluster for a digital setup, the radio for a modern touchscreen display and the thin gear lever for the four-speed manual gearbox in favour of Jaguar's trademark rotary dial selector.

The only styling difference comes in the form LED headlights and the lack of an exhaust system, the latter a clue as to what lies underneath the bonnet.

Replacing the previous XK straight-six engine that served in a number of Jaguars from 1949-1992, the E-Type Zero Concept features a 220 kW electric motor whose lithium-ion battery pack weighs in 80 kg less, and allows for a limited top speed of 160 km/h and 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds.

Tipping the scales at 46 kg less than the original, the E-Type Zero Concept has a "real world" range of 270 km/h and be charged from a conventional household socket to 100% in around six to seven hours.

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