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September 21, 2011

The new Interceptor

The new Interceptor

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With more comebacks than Dame Nellie Melba, the Jensen Interceptor must surely be the most revived name in automotive history. It was first used between 1950-57 for a 4.0 liter convertible based on Austin componentry, then rose to international awareness with its second coming as the dream car of the sixties when in 1966 it was released as a Grand Tourer designed by Italian design house Carrozzeria Touring.

The Jensen Interceptor of this period was a genuine supercar, running huge Chrysler V8s with first 6276 cc and later 7212 cc. In 1967, the FF variant had four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes and traction control, technological forerunners of the active safety features which are still not yet commonplace.

The Interceptor III arrived in 1971 and enjoyed excellent sales before the marque was shelved in 1976.

In the Automotive business though, a great name never dies, and the Interceptor reappeared in 1984 as the Mk IV before production ceased once more in 1991.

The Jensen Interceptor R

Over the last few years the Jensen name has been revived once more, with Oxfordshire-based JIA rebuilding original Interceptors using a 429 bhp General Motors LS3 V8 engine and a range of other modern components to create the Interceptor R. There's even a 600 bhp supercharged version which will no doubt have already surprised a few people on the motorway.

JIA has shown that there is a market for an expensive, hand-built Grand Tourer based on the iconic Interceptor and now the revival appears ready to finally move past the 45 year-old Interceptor design to full blown production of the next generation.

The new Interceptor

The next generation of Jensen Interceptor will be built in Great Britain and will cost in the vicinity of US$200,000 when it hits showrooms in 2014.

An all-new Jensen Interceptor will be engineered, developed and built by CPP Global Holdings, though ownership will remain with Healey Sports Cars Switzerland Ltd (HSCS) which owns all assets, intellectual property, designs, and brand rights for the Jensen and Interceptor brands.

The new Jensen Interceptor

The new Jensen Interceptor will be a four-seat grand tourer with an all-new aluminum chassis and handcrafted aluminum body. The public unveiling of the Interceptor is planned for late 2012, with deliveries to customers beginning in 2014.

Annual production numbers and pricing are yet to be confirmed, but will be fixed to ensure ultra-exclusivity.

Expressions of interest can be registered on the new company website.

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8 Comments

Phew! At least it's not another generic cookie-cutter rolled-out from Lotus.

Eideard
21st September, 2011 @ 07:36 am PDT

The BEST EVER revival car I want one NOW . I can recall the sound very similar to anything from the mix of a Mustang and Aston Martin with a zest of Ferrari depending your imagination. A sports car that then was REALLY comfortable like the brother of the Jag E type ( when will we get a REAL remake of that one ) if not custom as the one we know

Vic Vicarious
21st September, 2011 @ 11:50 am PDT

It looks like the offspring of a 1971 Buick Riveria and a Jag E-type.

VoiceofReason
21st September, 2011 @ 04:02 pm PDT

As my old man used to say, "It will pass anything on the road except a fuel stop".

Mr Stiffy
21st September, 2011 @ 06:51 pm PDT

That is one sexy looking car! I hope they make it with a V10 or V12 since there are no large displacement V8's to be had any more? Plus it would just sound nice! :-)

mrhuckfin
22nd September, 2011 @ 05:19 am PDT

LOOK LAKE A MODEL FROM THE 80 TIES...NEED REDESIGN...TO EXPRESS JENSEN'S

POWER AND TECHNOLOGY

Nils Jórgen Tvengsberg
22nd September, 2011 @ 07:35 am PDT

i know ugly is an ugly word,but ugly.

Cowfy Kaufman
22nd September, 2011 @ 12:28 pm PDT

A lot of people would probably say this is to "retro" or old looking, but I think this design is absolutely incredible. It keeps a subtle retro design but incorporates very modern design elements as well. No doubt the car (if produced) will be astronomical in price, as the older Jensen Interceptors were (and still are for used cars). We don't have Jensen's in the United States (unfortunately). I love Jensen's. We have a few here in the US but they are extremely rare. Mostly collectors or people who have brought them over to the US as a collector car or had them changed to US Specs which is very expensive. If I had the money, and they produced this car, I'd be the first one in line for it here in the US!

Joe Van Seeters
6th November, 2012 @ 12:41 pm PST
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