Many of you are likely to remember Eagle from the last era of Top Gear, where Jeremy Clarkson fell in love with this expensive (half a million pounds!) homage to the wondrous Jaguar E-Type. Eagle doesn’t make cars, it makes pieces of art. Just look at some of the vehicles the East Sussex-based company has produced over the years and you will see what I mean. Or you could just look at this: the brand new Eagle Spyder GT.
New Eagle Spyder GT. What a beauty!
Just pause for a moment. Really take the car in. My word, it’s pretty. Some cynics may look at it and assume that it is the same as the original Speedster which won Clarkson’s heart back in 2011, however, the new Eagle Spyder GT has something that the Speedster didn’t. A roof. This may not sound like much, but in the unpredictable weather of Blighty, that can mean all the difference. But let’s not focus on the roof too much, let’s get stuck into the juicy details.
Under that sleek, retro body lies a 4.7 litre XK engine which offers 330bhp and 340f ft lbs of torque. 0-60 will come in under 5.0 seconds and this will power on to a top speed of 170mph, although I somehow feel it’s a tad vulgar speaking about speed for a car like this. For me, the new Eagle Spyder GT is for cruising around the south of France, rather than finding the perfect racing line at Silverstone.
Retro styling, modern performance
However, if the mood does take you then at least you’ll have some decent power on tap, in a car that weighs just 1,026kg – over 200kg lighter than the original. The power is fed to a 5-speed manual gearbox and to the rear with the help of a limited slip diff. One of the other great things about Eagle cars is you’ll get up-to-date underpinnings, meaning that the car will go, corner and stop like a modern car, giving you the best of both worlds.
However, there is a price for all of this. £695,000 (plus tax) to be exact. So your wallet may not thank you but your soul will be eternally grateful. Money can’t buy you love, right? Think again.