Stunning New Take on Perfection: Jaguar E-Type

There are some things you just don’t do, and messing with perfection is one of them.

Get Shorty was a perfect movie. Then someone decided a sequel was a good idea, and of course it was awful.

In the world of cars, the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI could be considered by many a perfect car. So, naturally, turning it into a convertible would make it even better, right? Of course not. But there are always morons out there willing to sacrifice their integrity by trying to take perfection and make it better. All they end up creating, though, is a big pile of blasphemy.

A picture of the Subaru abomination is after the break, along with details on what just might be the world’s only perfect recreation of the world’s most perfect car, the Jaguar E-Type.

First, the Subaru picture:

Subaru WRX STi Convertible?

According to Autoblog, a Subie dealer in New Hampshire commissioned five of these massacred STIs and will attempt to sell them for $75K each. It’s hard to even think of words to convey how awful this thing is. Autoblog’s Jeff Glucker simply called it the “[w]orst idea ever.” I have to concur and would expect to see these cars show up in the used listings for around $2,000, just so someone can use their salvageable parts.

1964 Jaguar E-Type

1964 Jaguar E-Type

So let’s talk about the best idea ever: that reimagined Jaguar E-Type pictured on top. This comes to us from Top Gear, which published renderings by Swedish designer Bo Zolland. Zolland designed the car, which he calls the Growler, after the iconic E-Type and based it on an XKR, with a 5.0-liter V8 tuned to produce 600 hp.

Zolland certainly risked a career-ending mistake by tackling a modern E-Type, but wouldn’t you know it, he managed to capture the beauty of the original and bring it into the 21st century. Simply perfect!

Now if Jaguar would just build a car like this, I might be able to someday stop scouring DealFinder, hoping to come across a screaming good deal on a ’64 E-Type…

Do you think Bo Zolland’s new E-Type design lives up to the magnificent past versions?

-tgriffith

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3 Comments

  1. It’s a great tribute to one of the best-styled cars of all time. The E-type is a timeless design and with the originals getting into the six figures, a revival is warranted. Big mistake, though, plugging a V-8 into such an iconic design. That long hood is there to accomdate a V-12, and not putting one under the hood is a big mistake. I think you’ll see a lot of potential customers walking out of the showroom after comenting on the missing V-12.

  2. If there’s one thing I would’ve liked to see different on that E-Type, it’s the headlights. Two instead of four would have been more true to the original, but even still the car looks amazing! I love the long curvy hood.
    And good call, Chris on the Murano Cabriolet!

  3. That E-type rendering is beautiful. The WRX-STI is an abomination…almost as bad as the Murano Cabriolet.

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