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The Jaguar F-Type revealed

The Jaguar F-Type revealed
Jaguar unveiled the F-Type at an exclusive event on the night before the Paris Motor Show
Jaguar unveiled the F-Type at an exclusive event on the night before the Paris Motor Show
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It's not the E-Type, but it's a force in its own right
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It's not the E-Type, but it's a force in its own right
The F-Type is Jaguar's first two-seat sports car in more than 50 years
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The F-Type is Jaguar's first two-seat sports car in more than 50 years
In describing the style, Jaguar emphasizes the "heart lines," which intersect near the rear of the door
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In describing the style, Jaguar emphasizes the "heart lines," which intersect near the rear of the door
One of the more distinctive features of the F-Type is its "shark gills"
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One of the more distinctive features of the F-Type is its "shark gills"
V-8 and V-6 versions get different exhaust and valence configurations
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V-8 and V-6 versions get different exhaust and valence configurations
Jaguar will offer three models: the F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type V8 S
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Jaguar will offer three models: the F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type V8 S
The door handles remain flush with the door until unlocked, which Jaguar considers a sort of mechanical handshake
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The door handles remain flush with the door until unlocked, which Jaguar considers a sort of mechanical handshake
A set of vents on the center console remain hidden until necessary for rapid temperature regulation
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A set of vents on the center console remain hidden until necessary for rapid temperature regulation
Jaguar will offer three models: the F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type V8 S
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Jaguar will offer three models: the F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type V8 S
Jaguar separates driving equipment from passenger with a strategically placed grab handle
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Jaguar separates driving equipment from passenger with a strategically placed grab handle
The Jaguar F-Type is influenced by the C-X16 concept
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The Jaguar F-Type is influenced by the C-X16 concept
The V-8 F-Type has close to 500-hp
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The V-8 F-Type has close to 500-hp
A new generation of Jaguar sports car is born
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A new generation of Jaguar sports car is born
Jaguar unveiled the F-Type at an exclusive event on the night before the Paris Motor Show
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Jaguar unveiled the F-Type at an exclusive event on the night before the Paris Motor Show
The different trim levels of F-Type get different engines, exterior trim and equipment
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The different trim levels of F-Type get different engines, exterior trim and equipment
Jaguar unveiled the F-Type at an exclusive event on the night before the Paris Motor Show
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Jaguar unveiled the F-Type at an exclusive event on the night before the Paris Motor Show
V-6 and V-8 engines and an eight-speed QuickShift gearbox
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V-6 and V-8 engines and an eight-speed QuickShift gearbox
S variants get an active exhaust system
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S variants get an active exhaust system
The F-Type V8 S has four exhaust tips
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The F-Type V8 S has four exhaust tips
The F-Type has wrapping LED tail lamps
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The F-Type has wrapping LED tail lamps
The interior includes some aeronautical influence
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The interior includes some aeronautical influence
The V-6 models get center-mounted dual-tip exhaust
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The V-6 models get center-mounted dual-tip exhaust
Jaguar gives the driver more feedback by pulling controls for functions like ventilation control out of the touchscreen
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Jaguar gives the driver more feedback by pulling controls for functions like ventilation control out of the touchscreen
The F-Type uses a folding fabric roof
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The F-Type uses a folding fabric roof
Prospective F-Type drivers will have three choices
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Prospective F-Type drivers will have three choices
The F-Type's roof folds in 12 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph (48 km/h)
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The F-Type's roof folds in 12 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph (48 km/h)
The Jaguar will hit the US market in summer 2013
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The Jaguar will hit the US market in summer 2013
The F-Type uses a folding fabric roof
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The F-Type uses a folding fabric roof
The SportShift selector uses joystick-like construction
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The SportShift selector uses joystick-like construction
Jaguar gives the driver more feedback by pulling things like ventilation control out of the touchscreen
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Jaguar gives the driver more feedback by pulling things like ventilation control out of the touchscreen
The cockpit is designed for serious, enjoyable driving
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The cockpit is designed for serious, enjoyable driving

We had to be content with just a single picture last week, but Jaguar has hit us with the entire F-Type narrative in time for the Paris Motor Show. We now have views from every angle and a little bit of extra context to compare the new roadster with the venerable classic it succeeds.

A little bit of unscientific opinion mining shows that our readers – at least the ones commenting – are as disappointed with the F-Type as we are. A handsome Jaguar in its own right, the F-Type simply isn't poised to make the same leap to greatness as its old man. For some it appears to share about as much DNA with the E-Type as an adopted child shares with his brother-in-law.

Of course, Jaguar, which revealed the car at an exclusive event a day before the Paris Motor Show, sees it differently. The pouncing cat calls it the "continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches back more than 75 years and encompasses some of the most beautiful, thrilling and desirable cars ever built." Interestingly, while Jaguar alludes to the E-Type and other classic sports cars with that quote, we didn't see those cars cited specifically in Jag's press materials, outside of a brief mention that the F-Type is its first two-seat sports car since the E. We take that to mean even Jaguar realizes that this design couldn't wrestle its way into the same conversation as the E-Type.

One of the more distinctive features of the F-Type is its "shark gills"
One of the more distinctive features of the F-Type is its "shark gills"

While the E-Type is absent, Jaguar does mention that the new car is influenced by the C-X16 concept car. The influence is immediately noticeable up front. The mesh grille and its thick bissecting bar provide a reinterpretation of the grille used on current-generation sedans like the XJ and XF. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the front-end, the "shark gill" air intakes on either side are positioned to give the F-Type a memorable face, making it immediately recognizable in the rear-view mirror. When compared to the soft, pure face of the E-Type, we'd say the gills are a little like knife scars on an otherwise handsome prisoner.

Beginning at the center slat in those shark gill vents, one of two sets of defining "heart lines" flows upward through the vertical bi-xenon headlamps, sets a hood-fender border and moves onward over the flanks and shoulders, disappearing quietly on the quarter panels. The second heart line bulges out from the edge of the door, framing the rear drive wheels and melding into the rear fascia. In back, the F-Type features a kinetic spoiler that raises when the speedometer hits 60 mph (96.5 km/h). The V-6 models get a center-mounted twin exhaust, and the V-8 model gets a quad exhaust.

The Jaguar will hit the US market in summer 2013
The Jaguar will hit the US market in summer 2013

Enough about looks ... onward to substance. In order to give the F-Type the lithe, reactive handling it needed to "return to its heartland" of sporty two-seat convertibles, Jaguar put its experience with aluminum construction to use. The F-Type utilizes Jag's fourth-generation lightweight aluminum architecture coupled with aluminum wishbone front and rear suspension. The F-Type also uses more composites than any previous Jag. Weight is kept as low as 3,521 pounds (1,597 kg), and Jaguar promises its efforts pay off in a quick, balanced, agile ride.

“We are creating a new generation of Jaguar sports car so it has to be credible from both a performance and design point of view," explains Mark White, one of Jaguar's chief engineers. "It has to deliver; it has to be a great handling car with a stiff, rigid platform underpinning; and it has to look every inch an icon. For our team the greatest satisfaction was delivering a structure that underpinned the desired performance attributes - ride, handling and agility – by increasing stiffness and at the same time reducing weight."

Helping to increase the car's on-street performance, Jaguar minimized the front and rear overhangs to keep weight planted in the wheelbase and give the car a "wheels pushed to the corners" feel. It also placed the battery and windshield wiper fluid tank in the trunk, optimizing front-to-rear weight distribution.

Of course, all the aluminum and weight tricks in the world can't guarantee an enjoyable ride on their own - you need a little something spinning the rear wheels. Jaguar offers three different options. The F-Type is motivated by a new 340-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V-6. The F-Type S sees that same engine tuned up to 380-hp, and the F-Type V8 S enjoys a 495-hp output courtesy of Jag's 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. All three engines work with an eight-speed Quickshift transmission with a central, joystick-style SportShift selector and paddle shifters on the steering wheel. An Intelligent Stop/Start system helps to save fuel.

The V8 S hits 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 4.2 seconds before rolling to a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h). The F-Type S, which is the sole model with a Dynamic Launch feature designed to optimize acceleration from rest, does its thing in 4.8 seconds and 171 mph (275 km/h). Base model owners are staring at 5.1 seconds and 161 mph (259 km/h).

Jaguar separates driving equipment from passenger with a strategically placed grab handle
Jaguar separates driving equipment from passenger with a strategically placed grab handle

Inside, Jaguar organizes the cabin in an asymmetric, "one + one" style that puts emphasis on the driver position. The two sides of the cabin have several subtle points of differentiation, including more technical trim on the driver side and a central passenger grab handle that serves as a sort of barrier. Driver controls are inspired by aeronautics and grouped by function. In order to promote the utmost of driver interaction, Jaguar has gone a little retro, replacing certain controls typically handled by the touchscreen with old school fixtures. Three different audio systems are available, including 380-watt and 770-watt systems from Meridian. A fabric roof, which deploys in 12 seconds, separates cabin from atmosphere.

The F-Type will launch in the U.S. by mid-2013. We're certain to hear a lot more about this convertible and other sports cars now that the Paris Motor Show has opened to the media.

Source: Jaguar

17 comments
robinyatesuk2003
nice looking but not in the same league as the iconic E Type.
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Why are people trying to compare this to an E-Type? It's NOT an E-Type - it's not even competing in the same segment as an E-Type did. The E-Type was the pinnacle of Jaguars sports car 'division', it was the biggest and best roadster it could build at the time. If anything, the current XKR-S should be regarded as the spiritual successor to the E-Type. This car is going to be aimed headlong at the Porsche Boxster and top Z4's and AMG SLK's. If this car was competing in the same segment 40 odd years ago when the E-Type was around, it would be up against MG's and Austin Healeys!! The E-Type is - and always will be - regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever conceived: even 50 years on it can barely be touched and rests easily in the top 3 most beautiful cars ever in any true petrolheads list. And yet Jaguar is getting slated that in these oppressive, crash protected, envirocentric, regulatory strangled times - it can't come up with a car to overcome those barriers and match the beauty of the iconic, timeless E-Type?? Give me a break! I think it is a damn handsome looking car, and hopefully will drive just as well as it looks. Fair play Jaguar - with your current crop of motors, you are definitely on your game in my opinion, and sincerely hope the company continues onwards and upwards! (oh, and though I wouldn't be in the market for an F-Type anyway - the XF Sportbrake is actually genuinely on my shortlist of 2 to replace my current 3.0 Audi A6 Avant!!) ;0)
Mike vC
Looks like a Maserati...
Dawar Saify
Whatever the model, the science behind it remains the same. Reducing wind resistance, therefore the shape of cars in categories will always be similar.
Scion
Hit the nail on the head Garry. It is yet another beautiful car I will never own. Such a shame we have but one lifetime and so have to pick our priorities.
Alan Belardinelli
Yes Garry, that was my impression as well. Like someone sent an MG to Italian boarding school.
Emilio Reyes
Is it just me, or does it resemble the Nissan GTR too much from the front?
Doc Rock
Hmph.. looks like a Miata to me.. or a Z series Beemer..
Alastair Carnegie
An EF version would be interesting, combustion engines rarely put more than 20% of the fuel energy into the drive shaft. An Electric F Type could probably outperform all these models, except for range. Batttery technology ever moves forward, and in the not too distant future we may see the first nano-scale kinetic flywheel batteries. The physics at nano-scale is fascinating! A flywheel battery can be charged rapidly and delivers close to 100% of it's input as output. Power density tends to be several times better than chemical storeage, which is why NASA have conducted so much research on this topic. Off peak electricity goes to waste most of the time. so an E-F Type Jag would be doing it's bit to conserve our planet.
Charlie Channels
Mike, you are right....put the three-prong fork on the front grille and voilá! You have a Maserati...!!!