David Beckham has bought himself a rather special Christmas present: a Jaguar F-Type Project 7.
The former England footballer splashed out £135,000 on one of 250 Project 7 roadsters. That’s a hefty £43,000 more than the F-Type V8 R Convertible on which the car – a product of Jaguar’s new SVO performance division – is based. However, it’s safe to assume the Project 7 will become a collectors’ item in future.
The Project 7’s 5.0-litre V8 engine gets a power boost from 550hp to 575hp. That’s sufficient for 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds and a (limited) top speed of 186mph. It also has stiffer anti-roll bars, stickier tyres and standard carbon-ceramic brakes.
In common with other F-Types, though, the Project 7 has just two seats. So David will have to leave his four children at home.
Beckham works as a brand ambassador for Jaguar Land Rover, so it’s not known if he paid full-price for his limited-edition F-Type. The car joins his eclectic collection, which includes a Cadillac Escalade and a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.
The F-Type Project 7 has now sold out, but don’t worry if you missed it. A similarly potent F-Type SVR is in the pipeline – with four-wheel-drive for potentially even quicker acceleration. Add it to your 2016 Christmas list now…