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Jensen returns with GT – first pictures and specs

Historic British marque returns with its first new car in 13 years

Jensen is one of Britain’s best-loved classic nameplates but its output since the original Interceptor and FF has been patchy at best.

The last officially-sanctioned model produced by the company was the S-V8, launched in 2001 but now there’s a new car on the way – the Jensen GT.

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‘This represents the next chapter of Jensen,’ says executive chairman of The Jensen Group, Tim Hearley, ‘and we want Jensen enthusiasts to help us celebrate as we unveil a completely new car and outline our plans for the future’.

Should the car make it through to production unscathed, there should be plenty to celebrate.

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The GT takes the format of a front-mid engine two-door coupe, constructed from machined aluminium ribs to which composite and aluminium panels are bonded – something Jensen calls a ‘modern version of  Superleggera construction’. Jensen is aiming for a weight target of 1530kg.

The doors are steel, while the passenger compartment uses a carbonfibre and foam sandwich-style construction bonded to a steel spaceframe. From the chassis hangs independent double wishbones at each corner, a design derived from the S-V8.

Just as with The Jensen Group’s resto-modded Interceptors, power comes from a GM-sourced V8. In this instance the unit is supercharged for 665bhp, while buyers will be able to choose between a six-speed semi-automatic or six-speed manual. All GTs are rear-wheel drive and adjustable traction control will be standard.

The company intends to produce just a limited number of GTs, as the car is intended as a stop-gap before an all-new ‘Interceptor 2’ arrives in 2016.

Jensen will not reveal further details of the Interceptor 2 at this stage, only that it ‘may involve collaboration with an established automotive group’.

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