You'll have to be very privileged to own one.
You may have heard of the British car maker Eagle. If you haven’t, let’s just say its team members are big fans of the iconic Jaguar E-Type sports car because that’s all they ever build. Over the years, Eagle has built a reputation for making exquisite, and very expensive, E-Type Jag replicas that had Clarkson singing their praises when he drove the Eagle Speedster in Top Gear. This, however, is the model you really want.
First announced at the London Classic Car Show last year, Eagle has now unleashed the latest addition to its line-up of E-Type clones, the Spyder GT, which takes everything that made us so smitten with the Speedster and adds a folding roof so you can still enjoy it if the weather turns awry. Which it does a lot in its hometown of England. Under the hood, the Spyder GT has a 4.7-liter engine that produces 20 more horsepower than the Speedster, which brings it up to 330 hp and 340 lb-ft. If those specs don’t blow you away, the Spyder GT only weighs 1,029 kg, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of five seconds.
This was achieved thanks to the Spyder GT’s bespoke aluminum monocoque, aluminum gearbox, engine block and magnesium components. The bespoke, hand-crafted interior is as luxurious as you would expect from a premium replica specialist, boasting sumptuous leather and a sweeping center console. You can’t help but love the attention to detail applied here - there’s even a hidden handbrake lever. You’ll feel "cocooned in luxury" when you sit behind the wheel of the Spyder GT, while precise handling characteristics will give you a strong connection to the road thanks to Eagle’s 30 years of suspension development.
The catch? Well, you need to be pretty privileged to own one. Not only will it cost a whopping 695,000 GBP excluding taxes, so that’s roughly $1 million, but Eagle also estimates that only “up to six” will be built. Its availability is rapidly diminishing: the first has already been delivered, and a second has reportedly been ordered already.