Completely bespoke with extensive customer options, the few produced will be some of the most exclusive hand-built cars in the world. As with all Eagle Special Editions, the Spyder GT begins life as an original E-type ready to be re-stored. The aluminum monocoque features deeper sills, a lower floorpan and wider wheel arches featuring custom 16-inch wheels and tires. The bespoke, hand-crafted interior features sumptuous leather and a gorgeous sweeping center console, very much part of the Eagle Special Edition design DNA, complete with hidden handbrake lever. The attention to detail and level of finish throughout are exquisite.
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The 4.7-litre XK engine offers 330bhp and an impressive 460Nm of torque, all in a car weighing just 1029kg. Extensive weight-saving measures include a bespoke aluminum monocoque, aluminum gearbox, aluminum engine block and magnesium components. The engineering perfectly blends original and new technology and the Eagle Spyder GT offers blistering performance. It powers from zero to 96km/h in under 5 seconds and pulls hard all the way to its top speed of over 273km/h.
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From the outset, the Spyder GT was designed to perform. For long-distance driving, it has the calm assurance and all the manners for touring – you sit cocooned in luxury, with the view forward over the long bonnet, and it’s a wonderful place to be. You have a solid sense of connection with the road, thanks to precise handling characteristics gained from over 30 years of suspension development at Eagle.
When you put your foot down, the Spyder GT transforms into a seriously exhilarating supercar. In that instant, the straight-6 develops a whole new character – with so much torque, the 4.7-litre engine pulls away with real intent, emitting a powerful deep growl as the exhaust barks, while the crackling sounds on the overrun add to the drama and excitement. It’s an exceptional performer by any measure. Working through the gears, you quickly realize why the Eagle Special Edition E-types have been subject of such enthusiastic acclaim. This is a driving experience like no other.
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Story originally appeared on Torque.