Paris 2012: Jaguar F-Type
Thursday 27 September 2012
• Stunning Jag sports car to make its debut at Paris
• Front engine, rear drive two-seat sports car
• All-aluminium construction
Jaguar remains one of Britain’s most iconic brands. Throughout its history, Jag has been famous for building beautiful, fast and affordable sports cars. The XK120, the E-Type and now the F-Type satisfy all these requirements and the brand-new two-seater is the most anticipated sports car of 2013.
What is it?
The F-Type is the car which will pick up the mantle of the E-Type – a two seater coupe and roadster with the engine in the front (where it should be) and the power going to the back (again, where it should go). The new Jag sports car will sit underneath the current XK in the line-up.
What’s it like?
In a word? Beautiful. The F-Type, thankfully, stays very true to the C-X16 concept unveiled last year and must count as one of Jaguar design Director Ian Callum’s finest moments with a pencil. The F-Type will have a more sporting repertoire than its XK sibling, being all aluminium and fitted with only two seats. The aluminium construction will mean that the car will be light and, powered by a choice of a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 or an updated version of Jaguar’s 5.0-litre V8, it should prove to be jolly quick as well. We can only hope that it drives as well as it looks.
What’s it up against?
Despite the F-Type’s traditional front-engine, rear-drive layout, there don’t appear to be any direct rivals currently on the market. The car will be priced somewhere between the Porsche Boxster/Cayman and the 911. We expect that the 3.0-litre V6 model will be up against the Boxster and Cayman, whereas the V8 engined model will cross swords with the 911 and Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage.
When can I buy it?
Jaguar says that the F-Type will go on sale in the middle of 2013 and we would expect that you will have to write a cheque for between £58,500 and £79,950.
Just as an extra special treat for you, here’s a video of the stunning F-Type being unveiled at Paris:
By James Richardson