This supercharged V8 version of the new sports car paves the way for an even hotter R-spec model

These are the latest spy images of the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 Jaguar F-type roadster caught testing at the Nurburgring. 

Despite the V8 powerplant, the first version won’t be badged as 
the F-type R.

The decision leaves a gap in the F-type range to go even higher on the performance scale, a move previously hinted at by Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark.

The initial launch engine for the F-type will be a new supercharged 3.0-litre V6 with 375bhp and 332lb ft. It is possible that the supercharged V8 could also be offered from launch, but Jaguar is understood to be keen to space out the launch of various F-type versions to keep interest in the model high.

Test mules of the V8 have now been spotted alongside the V6. The V8 is distinguished by its quad exhaust pipes; the V6 has dual pipes.

There is no indication yet of the blown V8’s power output in the F-type. This engine is used in 503bhp form in the XF, XJ and XK, but Jaguar is unlikely to give the F-type such a high figure initially to keep distance between it and the larger XK.

That would also allow Jaguar to offer the engine in the higher state of tune at a later date in an R-spec model. Given the success of the XKR-S, it’s conceivable that an F-type R-S could also be launched as a rival to the Porsche 911 GT3.

 

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19 June 2012

Mine will have the 5.0 naturaly aspirated V8 and a manual box. Not that they will make it! Actually a V6 with a manual would be fine too.  

19 June 2012

Sounds promising...

Supercharged petrol engines make it more appealing than the crappy little turbo'd engines other cars have.

19 June 2012

This will have to do. Harumph...

  • Let depreciation be your friend...

19 June 2012

They're probably going to do what bmw are doing to the 6 series, make the coupe a saloon coupe (the xk) and run this 'sports car' as the coupe in the line up

20 June 2012

Alex Kersten wrote:

There is no indication yet of the blown V8’s power output in the F-type. This engine is used in 503bhp form in the XF, XJ and XK, but Jaguar is unlikely to give the F-type such a high figure initially to keep distance between it and the larger XK.

 

Considering the XK is a GT and the F-Type is going to be a sports car I can't see any reason why a 503 bhp of the F-Type shouldn't be available and will certainly allow it to compete with a 911 Turbo for example. The problem comes when manufacturers try to blur the boundaries between their models to try and compete with indirect rivals, and at the same time trying to make believe their product is something which it really isn't. Like thinking a XKR-S is a sportscar to rival a 911 Turbo or 458!

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