The general rule is that it is considered rude to eclipse the bride and groom at their own wedding. But when it comes to the iconic Jaguar E-Type we’re talking about, even royalty can make an exception. The Jaguar E-Type Zero of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aroused such interest with its appearance at the conclusion of the royal wedding last May, the British luxury car manufacturer decided to transform a unique fairy tale into a real production vehicle.
Although our own interest in the royal wedding itself was, at best, lukewarm, it is true, the news of the unique electric reproduction of the iconic British monohull of 1968, the British sports car of 1968, which was reproduced for production, certainly generated great interest and audible approval with its announcement and participation in the exclusive gathering The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering during Monterey Car Week, last week.
This is again the very embodiment of the brand’s philosophy of “grace, space and rhythm”, this time in a custom Bronze finish and equipped with an electric powertrain with the the gearbox at a speed capable of moving the ball 0-62 mph in just 5.5 seconds and with a range “exceeding 170 miles”. Jaguar seems to have found a commendable balance between respecting the past by leaving the exterior substantially unchanged, while tastefully modernizing the interior with carbon fiber details and digital instrumentation and entertainment.
Although we didn’t have the opportunity to drive this one iteration of the electrified E-Type, we had plenty of time to drive its modern cousin, the Jaguar I-PACE all-electric SUV, the first all-electric production vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover. The Zero type E shares many components with the I-PACE, including the instantaneous acceleration produced by an electric powertrain powered by a 40-kilowatt-hour battery. Expect driving and handling to be even more exciting in a Type E Zero version.
The Jaguar E-Type has long been considered “the most beautiful car in the world” (attributed to Enzo Ferrari in a 1964 interview with Classic Car Review), one of six car models that deserve to be included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The decision to incorporate zero emission technology while leaving the model’s sleek feline silhouette intact seems cautious given the risks associated with such an iconic design. Jaguar assures us that this updated roadster will “drive, handle, drive and brake like the original E-type, with its unchanged front and rear weight distribution”, a symbolic spearhead designed to recognize the past while indicating luxury manufacturers’ plans for an electrically powered future.