We learned all there is to know about the all-new Jaguar F-TYPE convertible at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. To add a little excitement to the North American debut of the car at last week's L.A. Auto Show, however, Jaguar showed its newest drop-top in a set of bright orange duds.
Jogging your memory quickly, the F-TYPE is the spiritual successor to the E-TYPE, one of the most iconic and visually-stunning cars of all time. While the convertible may or may not fill the monstrous boots of its predecessor, it is a dynamic two-seater in its own right. With nearly 500-hp on tap in its most powerful S tune, the F-TYPE's 3,521 pounds (1,597 kg) fire off to 60 mph (95.6 km/h) in as little as 4.2 seconds.
The model that Jaguar showed in L.A. is the 380-hp V6-powered S version with special-order Firesand paint. It also features the optional Design pack, with body-colored side sill extensions, front aero splitter and gloss black color-keyed rear valance, along with interior and exterior Black packs, which add gloss black accents and trim inside and out.
We've already covered the F-Type in depth, so we won't list off its specs all over again. The big story here is that it has made it to North America and has a new set of "Firesand" clothes to show for it. It will go on sale toward the middle of next year.
I wasn't the biggest fan of the F-Type when I first saw photos of it. So maybe it was the bright lights of the show, or my weary, sleep-deprived eyes, but it looked a helluva lot better in person. The Firesand color suits it well, in my opinion. Decide if you agree or disagree by taking a look at our full gallery.