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Paris Motor Show 2012: Jaguar F-Type full reveal

Mouth watering looks and spec - pricey though...

 Last night at a press event at the Musée Rodin Museumin in Paris Jaguar finally unveiled the all-new F-Type. The highly anticipated successor of the legendary E-Type is scheduled to reach the showrooms in United Kingdom in May next year as a convertible, while a year and a half later its coupe counterpart will join the lineup.

We loved the C-X16 concept when it was shown last year, in fact we fell in love with it, but we never expected the stunning looks to make it to the production car – how wrong we were. Obviously the F-Type shown here has lost its roof, but the shape, details and overall look haven’t changed at all from the glamorous concept car.

So we have the small, powerful looking body with a pert rear and low nose, small angular headlights and cooling slats flanking the main grille. There are too many details to list, so we urge you to just click through the gallery above and drink it in. In our eyes, the new Porsche Boxster has just been usurped from the throne by the new pretender – it’s quite possibly the best looking car on sale to us – at any price point.

It will be offered upon launch in three variants: the F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type V8 S. The base F-Type is powered by a 3.0 litre Supercharged V6 engine with 335 bhp,  while the F-Type S gets the same engine tuned to produce 375 bhp. As for the V8 S, this features a newly developed 5.0 Supercharged V8 engine with 488 bhp and a peak torque of 461 lb-ft which is enough for a 0-62 mph sprint in 4.2 seconds and a limited top speed of 186 mph.

The V6 powered versions aren’t exactly slow either, with the F-Type S doing the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.9 seconds and hitting a top speed of 171 mph and the entry-level F-Type managing 5.1 seconds and 161 mph. Visually the V6 versions can be distinguished by the twin central exhaust pipes and the V8 features twin exhaust pipes either side of the rear diffuser.

Regardless of the engine choice, all versions are linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the F-Type S also gets a Dynamic Launch feature. The F-Type features all-aluminium double wishbone front and rear suspension and an active exhaust system that is standard for the S and V8 S versions and optional on the base model. There’s also an active rear spoiler that deploys at speed in order to reduce lift.

The interior of the F-Type sticks closely to the concept as well, with a driver-focused dash layout and a stylish brace that curves down from the dash to the centre console. Worth noting is that the F-Type uses a conventional gearstick to control the 8-spd auto gearbox instead of the usual rising rotary dial seen in other Jaguars. This is so that there is a centre console that is ready to accept something not seen in a Jaguar since the X-Type – a manual gearbox. Rumoured to be offered on the coupe versions only, this will please purists who want to shift gears themselves. What won’t please purists though, is the curb weight of the F-Type, weighing in at a somewhat portly 1600 kg. This is about 250 kg more than a Porsche Boxster S, but the F-Type is a larger car. Size-wise it sits between the Boxster and 911, due to being based on the existing XK platform.

The base F-Type will cost £58,500, followed by the S at £67,500 and the V8 S at £79,950. This puts it between the Boxster and 911 in price, but above them both in power. We can’t wait to see the F-Type on the roads, starting from around May 2013.

Images and videos courtesy of Jaguar

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more