In a post-apocalyptic English countryside the lone surviving British hero barrels down the winding road in his trusty mechanical steed…or a storyline to that extent may describe the state of mind Panzani was in while developing this radical S-Type R . Eccentric car design has been a staple of this company for over 50 years and their latest creation based off a discontinued Jaguar model is no different.
Tuning setups and body kits are nothing new to the automotive marketplace, but it’s a safe bet to say that you won’t see your neighbor driving anything like this down to work in the morning. Taking a quick glance at the car is not enough to understand the transformation that it has undergone. Through the use of dimly lit promotional photos, we believe this is exactly the reaction the company was hoping for. You take one look and think, “hmm that’s kind of odd.” Upon further inspection, the powerful design elements, luxury interior appointments, and color combination make you change your tune to something like, “that is badass.”’
Hit the jump for more details on the Panzani S-Type R Vintage GT.
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We have always been a fan of the Jaguar S-Type body, even though its run went on for far too long without sufficient updates. The original sedan brought Jaguar into the new century while retaining its British charm and XJ proportions. With the addition of a performance oriented model, Jaguar was able to attract some customers from the German brands that tend to dominate that segment. As Jaguar has dropped the S-type model in favor of more modern architecture, the real story for this model begins.
From front to back, much of this car is new and custom designed in house by Panzani. The front bumper is much wider and taller than the outgoing one and features two large air induction sections directly below the inner headlight. Panzani left the quad headlights and mesh oval grille from the original S-Type R, but changed the hood to include mode air intake grilles. As the bumper wraps around it is clear to see that this is an extreme wide-body kit with huge wheel arches. These new arches help to cover 20” wheels shod in 255/35 R20’s in the front and 305/30 R20 tires in the rear. The widened stance and serious rubber contact points allow the Vintage GT to handle completely differently than a stock Jaguar.
Even more performance oriented equipment can be found in the rear, where the bumper seems to be missing entirely. It has been replaced with the largest diffuser this side of aFerrari 599XX . Coming out from the center is a dual exhaust system helping the supercharged engine breathe. Most of the car is painted in a matte grey type finish, but several carbon fiber parts remain exposed. The hood and trunk lid are now lighter thanks to the weight saving aspect of carbon fiber and smaller carbon fiber mirrors are also in place on each side.
If you are able to peel your eyes away from the exterior than the interior will also not fail to impress. It screams British opulence, but also brings forth the sporty nature of this model. The center of the seats, dashboard, and A, B, and C pillars have all been covered in a diamond quilt black leather with white stitching. Surrounding that on the seats is black alcantara and some Panzani logos on the headrests. A three spoke sports steering wheel help round out the interior additions to an already loaded luxury sedan. Factory navigation, dual zone climate control, power windows, and sunroof all remain.
Performance and Pricing
Panzani has been slow to reveal pricing for the car or to confirm or deny if they have made any changes under the hood. Undoubtedly the exhaust system will help the engine out initially, but the S-Type R is no slouch. It has a 4.2-liter supercharged V8 pushing over 400hp to the rear wheels. That engine in combination with the changes made by this tuning house make this one of the scariest Jaguar S-Type’s on the road.