David Brown Automotive is using the Geneva show to unveil a new, more powerful edition of its exclusive Speedback GT dubbed the Silverstone Edition and aimed at younger buyers than the traditionally styled original launched in 2014.
The new car, which again incorporates British-sourced, handcrafted materials and trim parts, costs £744,000 in the UK, about £120,000 more than the original Speedback’s starting price. It will be made in an exclusive batch of 10 cars, the same number of original-edition GTs the company has so far delivered.
The power output of the Speedback’s Jaguar-derived 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine rises from 510bhp to 601bhp, with a similar boost to its peak torque. The car has a sportier suspension tune to boost its credentials as a driver’s car, and it runs on uniquely designed 20in alloys with 255/35 tyres up front and 285/30s at the rear.
The Silverstone Edition is so named both to mark the company’s move a year ago to new premises opposite the main entrance of the Formula 1 circuit, and to recall the famous racing venue’s original role as an RAF base: its unique enamel badge shows both the circuit shape and the runway layout of the original airfield. Like its predecessor, the Silverstone Edition comprises a hand-formed all-aluminium bodyshell and a hand-sewn interior.