2008 Elfin T5 Clubman review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 13 October 2008 , 20:10:37 byVeronica

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Elfin T5 Clubman

Elfin Sports Cars has unveiled the Elfin Type 5 Clubman at the Sydney Motor Show. The model offers incredible performance at an amazing price. The new four-cylinder model is a follow-on from the original 4-cylinder Type III Clubman which was sold in either an owner-assembled kit or turn-key ready to drive. The V8 engine is capable of delivering 194 kW and 315 Nm of torque. Its price will start at $60.000, so this is actually a very strong point.

Elfin Sports Cars has officially unveiled the next phase in its already impressive range
of sports cars at the Sydney motor show, with the debut of a new four-cylinder show car.

To be known as the Elfin Type 5 Clubman, the all new model promises to deliver exciting levels of performance at an unprecedented price for enthusiasts and track specialists alike.

Under the guidance of the Tom Walkinshaw Group, Elfin Sports Cars has undergone a significant transformation since the business was acquired over 18 months ago.

The new four cylinder model is a follow-on from the original four-cylinder Type III Clubman which was sold in either an owner-assembled kit or turn-key ready to drive.

The modern Type 5 is sketched by designers Julian Quincey and Adam Dean Smithand takes inspiration from the heritage of Elfin Sports Cars of the past, as well as looking to the future with a product capable of success in Australia and international markets.

“The new addition to the Elfin range is a proud moment for the company and the Australian car industry this year” said Elfin Sports Cars General Manager John Clark.

“Our experience in this market has shown that enthusiasts want more involvement and accessibility to spirited track and road motoring - desires we have delivered on with the Type 5” Clark added.

“We have bought this show car to Sydney on the basis that the final product will be designed 50 percent for road driving and 50 percent for track work.”

The car has been in development for 18 months and is powered by a two-litre Ecotec Turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which it shares with the Pontiac GXP Solstice.

Power output is expected to be 194kW with 351Nm, with the significantly lighter engine offering substantially improved balance and handling over the V8 powered Elfin Type 4 Clubman.

The new Type 5 also adds advanced features such as traction control, power steering, six-speed manual and anti-lock brakes, with a total weight around 700kg. Pricing too is also expected to be a strong point, starting from $60,000