Jaguar has announced that they will soon launch their new roadster, a car called the F-Type. It's lack of practicality only accentuates the attractiveness of the new F-Type, already considered to be the spiritual successor to the legendary E-Type. The result of this long gestation, which took more than ten years, is a two seater that completely captures the essence of the old E-Type, without falling victim to retro-kitsch.
There are two lines that define the shape and cut of this car. The first, running from the nose, gets lost in the doors. The second defines the rear of the car. It sports horizontal headlights, with just a hint of the E-Type in the centre. The V6 is equipped with dual exhaust, while the V8 gets quad.
The interior is modern, with a little of the luxury and high tech details found in the much more expensive Jaguar XJ. Two roll bars are situated behind the front sport bucket seats. The retractable roof, probably one of the fastest on the market, can move in 12 seconds, at speeds of up to 48 km/h.
During development of the F-Type, Jaguar juggled several mechanical configurations, including a central engine, but eventually settled on a fixed configuration that is a relatively conventional front engine/ rear-wheel drive. The British manufacturer put it on a chassis that weighs less than 1,600 lbs, with 600 pounds with the V6 is a little more than the 911.
Three engine choices are planned: a 3.0 litre supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower, plus a more powerful 380-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 and another spinning out 495 horses to carry the car from 0-96 km/h in just over 4 seconds. Surprisingly, there will be no manual or dual clutch transmission, but Jaguar insists that the QuickShift ZF eight speed will be fast, and equipped with steering wheel based shifter paddles. Jaguar has high expectations for it's new F-Type, and hopes to attract buyers with attractive pricing. No numbers revealed yet, but we should expect a starting price of around $70,000.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca
Original text by Christian Gagnon - (Jaguar F-Type 2014)