Jaguar's Design Director Gave the Classic Mark 2 a Modern Twist [w/Video]
Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director, might not have been old enough to pen the original Jaguar Mark 2 – it launched when he was five – but that hasn’t stopped him from putting his own twist on the design today. This is Callum’s personal Jaguar Mark 2, the product of an 18-month restoration project undertaken by the UK’s Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC), which has intended to “retain the functionality of the original Mark 2, whilst making it even more exciting in shape and performance.” PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
To do so, they’ve used a bit more than Botox. The Mark 2 features an uprated 4.3-liter V8 plucked from a Jaguar XK, which backs up to a five-speed manual transmission and puts power to the rear wheels through a more balanced independent rear suspension.
Out back, the rear setup utilizes coil springs, an anti-roll bar, new disc brakes, and adjustable dampers. Up front, CMC continued its Jaguar overhaul with upgraded coils, power-assisted steering, revised subframe mountings, and new discs.
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The car’s exterior features restyled bumpers, new wheel arches, slatted air ducts help to improve engine airflow, and a bevy of other minor touches. On the inside, the Mark 2 sports a Clarion touch-screen multimedia system, which in this situation is akin to getting web design knowledge from your 90-year-old grandpa. Nevertheless, a very lovely car to behold.
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