Jensen GT previewed as a styling model
The new Jensen GT is intended to go on sale in 2016
The Jensen name is set to return on an "officially sanctioned" model for the first time in 13 years.
The Jensen Group, a company spearheaded by former Aston Martin boss Tim Hearley, has produced a vehicle named the Jensen GT and is also working on a successor to the company's famous Interceptor model.
The GT has been revealed as a clay model so far, but the company has said it has been deliberately designed as a bridging model between the classic Jensens of the 1970s and the new model, which it intends to release in 2016.
The GT will be hand-built in small numbers, with the precise volume being dictated by demand. The pricing is not set in stone, because the company expects it to be affected by an individual customer's needs and desires, but is likely to be in the region of £350,000. These options are set to include variations on engine tuning and a choice of gearbox, but bespoke wishes will also be accommodated.
The first models are likely to be ready in early 2016, although a prototype version is currently under construction. Jensen says the GT will be a more performance-focused model than the old Interceptor, albeit with a "level of refinement above that of the average muscle car". It claims the retro element will be restricted to the styling, rather than the vehicle dynamics.
The second new model that will wear the Jensen name is the Interceptor 2 and is due for release in 2016. This will "take design cues from the classic Interceptor and will advance the concept of the original grand tourer, to provide a thoroughly modern and exciting vehicle", according to the company.
In the interim, the Jensen GT will be built under an agreement between the Jensen Group and Jensen International Automotive (JIA), a company that builds modified Interceptor R models.
The Jensen Group behind the project states that it is not related to a different revival of the Jensen name in 2011, and that it has established ownership of the Jensen and Interceptor brands in order to clear up any confusion over the future of the marque.
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