The new Jaguar F-type has been revealed ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut at the end of September, following a leak on a US website featuring three examples of the car.
Coined as the long-awaited successor to the legendary and iconic E-type, the F-type is Jag’s attempt to offer customers a sports coupe below that of its flagship XK models. The picture shows all three cars with their respective cloth roofs folded d
own and all baring the ‘S’ badge which is set to be the initial range topper. An ‘R’ version is thought to be coming a few months later.
The car’s reveal comes 12 months after a concept variant (the C-X16) was shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and the final version looks to have stayed true to many of the styling attributes. Shown here as a convertible, a coupe will follow
it up about a year after the car’s spring 2013 launch.
Even though it’s the natural successor to the E-type, the F-type doesn’t take many (if any) cues from the Jaguar’s most famous son. The only real reference to the legend is an apparent sloping rear, but the F-type’s front is more aggressive than that of the soft-faced E-type.
An entry level model of the F-type will sport a brand new 3.0 litre supercharged V6, whereas the more powerful version will have an updated variant of the company’s potent 5.0 supercharged V8. Power output for the V6 will be either 335bhp or 375bhp, depending on which trim you take. Either way, power will be sent throug
h an eight-speed, automatic gearbox.
The power of the V8 is as of yet unknown, but don’t expect it to offer a particularly great return on your fuel bill or Chooseafuelcard.com fuel card. Although, anybody concerned with the environment and fuel costs will be glad to know that stop-start technology will be available as standard, so you will save a bit of petrol at the traffic lights at least.
Expect rivals, such as the Porsche Boxster and maybe even the 911, to fight for the customer the F-type will attract, but people have been waiting years for this car and the results have not disappointed.
We are yet to see any shots of the interior, but as Jaguar cars go these days, we can be sure it will be truly luxurious and follow cues from the XF and XK models.
About the author: Sam Bisby writes for Chooseafuelcard.com and you will be able to get fuel Cards for individuals from Chooseafuelcard.com, as well as a chance to compare fuel car solutions.
Subscribe to Motor Trade Insider by Email