New David Brown GT coming to Geneva

UPDATE 13/02/2018
Following the fanfair drummed up around DBA's "most performance focussed model ever" - and our secret hope that the hashtag 'preparefortakeoff' alluded to the imminent arrival of a Jensen Interceptor reboot - further details of the upcoming car have been revealed.

Somewhat anticlimactically, it's not an entirely new design, but rather a beefed up version of the existing Speedback GT, dubbed the Speedback Silverstone Edition. Only 10 examples of the car, which will be unveiled on March 6th in Geneva, are set to be produced, with each featuring over 600hp and "high-octane, aggressive styling" inspired by 1950s and '60s GT cars.

Speaking about the project, founder and CEO David Brown said, "We always had the ambition to deliver an even higher performance derivative of Speedback, so this is the realisation of a core objective for us at David Brown Automotive. Speedback Silverstone Edition is the perfect platform for us to hone classically-inspired performance, as we give a nod to our brand's Silverstone roots, whilst looking ahead to a future of British hand-craftsmanship at our bespoke coachbuilding facility."

Love it or loathe it, a healthy discussion is always guaranteed by David Brown Automotive news. Perhaps it's because opinions are so polarised that the debate is so comprehensive. Whether it's the DB5-aping Speedback GT or 'Remastered' Mini, nothing created by DBA so far has slipped off the radar; only one PistonHeads story has attracted less than 100 comments, and that was the drive of the Mini. With 95...

For 2018 David Brown Automotive is to produce its, "most performance focused model ever"; it will make its debut at the Geneva motor show, to sit alongside Mini and Speedback GT production at its Silverstone HQ. Indeed the announcement of this new model marks one year since the Silverstone relocation.

Details are scarce at present, the official hashtag - #PrepareForTakeOff - and the press conference time - March 6th, 10:45 GMT - about as tangible as it gets for now. David Brown himself has suggested that this is the car he's been looking forward to since the Speedback's launch nearly four years ago, and is promising "unprecedented" levels of performance for a car that aims to bring new customers to the brand.

What that will actually be, nobody quite knows - or is allowed to know - yet. We're told to expect "a more aggressive design language", though it's obviously hard to formulate much of an idea given how strongly previous DBA products have riffed on existing cars. What will it be inspired by this time? What will it be based on? What will it be called? Hopefully some information to fill in the blanks will follow soon...




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Comments (21) Join the discussion on the forum

  • Shambler 06 Feb 2018

    Mercedes CLR GT1 with jaguar x type chassis?

  • FWDRacer 06 Feb 2018

    In before the lock hehe

    More pastiche laden detritus, with slipshod engineering and defunct underpinnings. I can hardly wait <Rubshands>.

  • Dinoboy 06 Feb 2018

    70's Lagonda body over Rapide S chassis?

  • unsprung 06 Feb 2018

    Wouldn't it be fun if Mr. Brown could disown his sort of Faberge egg past to produce instead a performance car priced below £40,000?

  • can't remember 07 Feb 2018

    What that will actually be, nobody quite knows - or is allowed to know - yet. We're told to expect "a more aggressive design language"

    It's going to be a Chieftain tank (coincidentally the rhyming slang most commonly used to describe his other endeavors) on the chassis of a Ford Cortina.

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