NY Motor Show: Jaguar F-Type announcement
Today Jaguar has finally put an end to the longest will-they/won’t-they debate in the car world. For the last 30 years there have been rumours of a successor to the legendary E-Type sports car, with numerous concept cars and talk of the model. Well at the 2012 New York Motor Show, Jaguar put the rumours to rest by confirming it will bring an all-new sports car called the F-Type to production.
Jaguar's Global Brand Director, Adrian Hallmark, confirmed at the New York Auto Show today, "We showed the C-X16 concept in September 2011, and the reaction to it has been so positive that we've accelerated our development of an all-new Jaguar sports car. That car will be called the F-Type, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year." Hallmark admits that Jaguar has been absent from the purist two-seater sports car segment for too long, "But no longer - the F-Type is coming."
The F-Type will be launched as a strict two-seater convertible featuring all-aluminium construction and a range of petrol engines will be available. Jaguar did not give specifics but mentioned a new powerplant family will be introduced and promises to "deliver stunning sports car performance." Going off what we can hear in the video below, this is certainly a V6. We suspect there will be two models, a 3.0 litre naturally aspirated V6 with around 300 bhp and a supercharged version of the same engine with close to 400 bhp. The construction would suggest it will be quite a lightweight, so will hopefully match or beat the Porsche Boxster’s weight.
The video below may be a bit cheesy (okay, a lot) but it means we get to see the F-Type on the move and more importantly, hear it. Oh, and this video was the start of the presentation at the NY Motor Show, so that's why Martin Brundle hands over to 'Adrian' at the end. That's Adrian Hallmark, mentioned above...
In the video the car is clearly an automatic, though the shifts sound very quick suggesting it may be a new dual-clutch gearbox. We really hope Jaguar don’t pander to the masses and forgo a manual gearbox option though, in our eyes a good sportscar should always at least be offered as a self-shifter.
With this announcement Jaguar marks the next phase in the F-Type's development as prototypes are now leaving Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant for on-road testing. It is here where the production cars will be built.
Ian Callum, Director of Design, said: "A true sports car needs to be pure in both its purpose and its form; to have the opportunity to produce such a car for Jaguar has been a privilege both for myself and for my team. The C-type, D-type and E-type Jaguars were all sports cars that held true to this principle in their era, and the F-Type will hold true to that same principle in its time, a time that is soon to arrive."
Looking at the proportions of the heavily disguised model in the pictures, it’s clear that the body shape is that of the C-X16 concept which is great news, as that was the most stunning car of 2011 in our eyes. Obviously there has been the transition from coupe to convertible, but we can see the same pert rear and low nose, with powerfully haunched wings and a version of the C-X16’s grille.
The F-Types technical specs and range details will be announced later in 2012, most likely at the Paris Motor Show in late September. It will go on sale in mid-2013 and we are literally busting with excitement to see it. Finally there will be a credible British rival for the Boxster.
Images courtesy of Jaguar