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2017 Eagle Spyder GT vs Jaguar E-Type Series 1

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When we talk about the most beautiful cars ever created, these two will surely be at the top of the list. The Eagle Spyder GT looks very similar to the Jaguar E-Type Series 1 because the tubular, projectile form that feels like the cars can basically whip through the wind.

But these two cars don’t only look good on the outside. They are spectacularly well under the hood, too.

Eagle Spyder GT

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The Eagle Spyder comes with the classic inline 6-cylinder engine derived from Jaguar’s XK family. It can carry around 4.7 liters worth of gas, and is paired with a five-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip differential.

To develop this engine, Eagle worked with Crosthwaite and Gardiner, a UK-based historic racing parts supplier. They were able to power up the Spyder GT to 330 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 340 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. The Spyder GT can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds. Top speed is at 170 mph.

Jaguar E-Type Series 1

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A lot has been said about the Jaguar E-Type Series 1, especially because it was designed by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer. The glass-covered headlamps and small, grille-less opening of the mile-long bonnet are things of beauty. It is such a looker that virtually everyone it passes by would have to take a second look.

Under its hood, you’ll find a 3.8-liter XK inline six-cylinder or 4.2-liter XK inline six-cylinder. The former is paired with a four-speed manual while the latter gets it on with a three-speed automatic. They can produce 265 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 240 pound-feet of torque for the 3.8-liter engine while the 4.2-liter can power up to 265 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 283 pound-feet of torque.

Both cars can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. The number is a far cry from the Spyder’s less-than-five-seconds’ promise. The top speed of the two is at 150 mph.

2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder is a Lifestyle Car for Smooth Driving

Lamborghini Huracan

In the mid-2000s, the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder was the talk of the town. It was a privilege enough to have driven it for four miles before, but we failed to get a good impression except that the V-10 was just too powerful.

We also distinctly remember that its engine was quite roaring like a brick was thrown inside a grinder, but we were impressed nonetheless of the raw nature of the sound and appeal.

Now, we get to test drive another Lamborghini creation—the Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder—at the Lamborghini press drive in Miami. This one’s a 610-horsepower supercar, so the expectations are actually quite high. It didn’t disappoint, but it didn’t impress us either.

“Lifestyle” Car

If you’re expecting a sports car that would roar through the streets of Miami or whatever city you’re in, you would be disappointed. The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder is a “lifestyle car,” meaning it is best to be used while you’re cruising along the Miami coast rather than rattling the railings off its roads.

The experience is founded on driving this in low speed and enjoying the feel of the engine, rather than pushing it to the extreme.

That doesn’t mean the Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder cannot perform magnificently. You have to remember it still shares the same aluminum spaceframe with the Huracán coupe and the upcoming 2017 Audi R8. Its structure, which used carbon fiber for the firewall and central tunnel, feels light but strong.

It packs a 5.2-liter V-10 with 610 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 413 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. It has a direct and port fuel injection that allows for fewer emissions during startup and lets the computer choose the type of injection that works best for the throttle demands.

This engine is paired with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission while the power is sent to all four wheels because of its all-wheel drive. In terms of acceleration, it can accelerate to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, vault from 0 to 124 mph in 10.2 seconds, and reach a top speed of 201 mph.

Overall, the Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder’s “power” came from Lamborghini’s passion for design, power, performance and aggression. In terms of specs and features, nothing much is outstandingly impressive with this machine—aside, of course, from the fact it is based on Lamborghini’s history and legacy of coming up with the best for whether they created a sports car or a “lifestyle” car.

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