Once the Jaguar F-Type roadster arrives sometime next year, a coupe will follow 12 to 18 months later, UK-based Auto Express reports. Jaguar hints that it will be more of a driver’s car than a GT like the larger XK on which it’s based.
Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar global brand director told Auto Express that the F-Type is as important to Jaguar as the 911 is to Porsche. Not because it will sell in large numbers but because it will change how people perceive the brand.
“This will be the first true Jaguar sports car for more than 50 years,” Hallmark said to Auto Express. “Why did we choose F-Type? Because if you look at the C, D and E-Type, these names have always stood for Jaguar’s most seductive models. The F-Type is the next step in our long sports car heritage.”
Engine details haven’t been released but the F-Type will likely be powered by a V-6 displacing 3.0 liters. The naturally aspirated base engine should have around 250 hp while a supercharged version could make about 375 hp. The sprint to 60 mph is expected in less than 5 seconds with a top speed of around 180 mph.
“The F-Type will be more like having the XKR-S as the base model,” Hallmark said. That’s how much of a sports car it will be. And there’s room to take the performance beyond that of the XKR-S, at least in terms of the philosophy.”
The V-6 hybrid powertrain seen in the Jaguar C-X16 concept car at the Frankfurt auto show, however, is a long way out if it arrives at all. To minimize the F-Type’s weight, Jaguar is building the car on a shortened version of the XK chassis with aluminum panels with a folding soft top. Design boss Ian Callum indicated the production version will retain about 95 percent of the C-X16 concept car’s styling.