MR_MSN_News_template_David_Brown_AutomotiveDavid Brown Automotive has announced its Speedback GT will cost £495,000 plus local taxes – meaning it’ll set UK buyers back a whopping £594,000.

Unveiled at the Top Marques show in Monaco, the Speedback is based on the £78,965 Jaguar XKR and powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre engine.

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David Brown Automotive Speedback revealed

David Brown has no connection with Aston Martin, despite sharing his name with the previous managing director who gave his initials to many of the model names, and the classic DB5 that bears more than a passing resemblance to the Speedback.

By comparison, examples of the DB5 – which are less likely to depreciate after the car was given iconic status in the series of James Bond movies – start at less than £400,000.

The Speedback will have the same performance figures as the much cheaper Jaguar XKR, hitting 62mph in 4.8 seconds and reaching an electronically limited top speed of 155mph courtesy of its supercharged 510hp V8 motor.

At its UK unveiling in Chelsea last month, David Brown told MSN Cars:

“I like to think it’s going to be a very bespoke product, so any quoted list price will probably just be a starting point.”

With production limited to just 100 units, would you spend over half a million pounds on a David Brown Speedback GT?

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