The Jaguar F-Type: What Do We Know So Far?
In a few days, Jaguar will officially unveil the F-Type. This car has been the most hotly anticipated new model out of Jaguar’s Coventry headquarters in a long time. With phrases like “worthy successor to the E-Type” and “Porsche 911 level performance” being bandied about, the Jaguar F-Type has a lot to live up to. So, since speculation and rumor are half the fun of new car models, I thought I’d run down a list of what we know about the F-Type so far.
First off, and most importantly, we know the car is absolutely gorgeous, thanks to the release of this picture.
Not surprisingly, the F-Type looks rather similar to a drop-top version of Jaguar’s C-X16 Concept, which is certainly not a bad thing.
|Jaguar C-X16 Concept|
There was a fair amount of speculation that the F-Type design would draw heavily upon the E-Type’s legacy. While it does share the large mouth-like grill, some of the XKE’s proportions and its aggressive stance, the F-Type is its own car. The design takes the notions developed in the XKR-S and brings them a step further.
Next up, the engine options. During the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, Jag confirmed the F-Type would offer a new supercharged 3.0 liter V6 good for 380 hp derived from the brand’s 5.0 liter V8. Good power and not a bad place to start. But, if Jaguar wants this car to compete on a performance level with it’s competitors on the Continent, more power will have to be on tap.
Fortunately, Jaguar is ever the proponent of higher and higher-still performance variants of their cars (think R and RS). In that vein, Jaguar has confirmed that the F-Type will eventually get a V8. Fingers crossed for the 470 hp supercharged V8 (From the supercharged XF) in the form of an F-Type R and the super-duper-charged 550 hp V8 (from the XKR-S) in an F-Type RS.
We do also know that Jaguar will be offering a manual transmission option along with an 8-speed auto. The stick shift may not be the fastest way to drive, but it is certainly the most fun. And, Jaguar appears to understand that.
So, what will Jaguar actually show us in Paris in a few days? Who knows. But at least if the 2014 Jaguar F-Type holds true to the specs, it should be a great car.