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New Beacham MK II 5.0 V8 | Reengineered, The Beacham Way
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Beacham has created a MK2-bodied XJR – thunderous supercharged V8 and all. It’s an exquisite work of art.”

The MK2 Jaguar was perhaps the world’s first luxury/performance sedan. Fitted with 4 doors and with room for a family, the MK2 soon became the transport of choice for gangsters and police departments alike in its native Britain, as well as the unbeatable champion in UK and European sedan racing.

Beacham made its early reputation as world-class restorers of these cars, gradually upgrading them with the more modern technology of newer Jaguars. Indeed the initial development on the Supercharged V8 cars was carried out using the Mk II base units. To date more than 200 MK2’s have been delivered to customers by the company.

The MK2 is a timeless classic – its looks are totally unconventional. It has a unique shape that owes nothing to anything else – except the Mark 1. It is a mix of traditions with its vertical oval grille, rounded lines, and a clubhouse interior that could only be British.

Gorgeous in the 1960s, still gorgeous today. So the notion of stuffing a 4.0 litre, supercharged XJR engine and drivetrain under the elegant coachwork of a classic Mk II Jaguar seems like the stuff of dreams.

“You have to come to grips with this car emotionally. It may look “old” but it’s been re-engineered, re-developed and completely rebuilt so that it is, for all intents and purposes, new.”

Externally it looks very familiar, the only real giveaways for the sharp-eyed are the louvres from the XKR sports car in the bonnet, the air scoops under the front bumper, and the bigger Jaguar competition tires and chrome wire wheels. However it is beneath the skin, and inside the cabin where the most obvious visual changes are to be found. Under the bonnet the Beacham™ Mk II is crammed full of technology: ABS brakes, traction control, anti-dive suspension geometry and more.

But it is the interior where the achievement really hits home. Trimmed in supple new leather, the Introducing the Beacham MK2 V8

“You have to come to grips with this car emotionally. It may look “old” but it’s been re-engineered, re-developed and completely rebuilt so that it is, for all intents and purposes, new.”

Externally it looks very familiar, the only real giveaways for the sharp-eyed are the louvres from the XKR sports car in the bonnet, the air scoops under the front bumper, and the bigger Jaguar competition tires and chrome wire wheels. However it is beneath the skin, and inside the cabin where the most obvious visual changes are to be found. Under the bonnet the Beacham™ Mk II is crammed full of technology: ABS brakes, traction control, anti-dive suspension geometry and more.

But it is the interior where the achievement really hits home. Trimmed in supple new leather, the modern seats have all the power controls from the current Jaguar. Included is a full complement of comfort and safety systems: Power Windows and Locking of course; Power-adjustable Steering Wheel, Side Mirrors, all with Memory Function; Climate Control and a Power-operated Sunroof of course. Topped off with a premium sound system and GPS, all is joy set into a bespoke polished wood veneer dash.

The result is a revelation to drive.

Yes, the Beacham MK2 is fast, very: 0-60mph in around six seconds fast. Yes, it steers, handles and drives extraordinarily well. Yes, the car has been re-engineered from the wheels up and the workmanship is exceptional. Yes, if you put preconceived notions aside and approach the car with pragmatism, you can successfully merge today’s technology, electronics and trim with 1960s styling.

The integration of the mechanical components has to be considered a remarkable engineering feat. The quality of workmanship is stunning, with a level of fit and finish well beyond that of most new cars – it is, after all, a thoroughly handbuilt vehicle. Close the doors and they close easily, but firmly – that’s another advancement, modern air-filled, hollow door seals with holes to let the compressed air out. A small detail but which adds to the modern feel of the car.

But the real delight is supplied when the throttle pedal is introduced to the floor. It’s easy to drive, fast, flexible and comfortable.

“The Beacham MK2 is a brand new car with impeccable breeding – and with performance to match.”