The new Jaguar sports car will be called F-type and will make production in 2013 initially as a two-seat soft-top convertible. The announcement was made at today's New York motor show by Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark, with Jaguar releasing a set of 'spy' pictures to co-incide with his speech.
The Jaguar F-type, which will be launched with a powertrain that delivers 0-60mph in less than five secs and a top speed in excess of 180mph, was previewed as the C-X16 concept at the Frankfurt motor show last September. Reaction to the concept was so positive and initial engineering work on prototypes has been so successful that Jaguar has been able to bring it to production earlier than initially planned.
Jaguar evaluated a range of different names for the F-type, understood to have included XE and XS among others. But F-type was chosen as it was the "next logical naming step" in Jaguar's sports car history, following on from the E-type.
"It's not the new E-type," Hallmark told Autocar, "as there's no logical continuation between the two cars. The C, D and E-type names were used for Jaguar's sports cars of the day and it's the same now. Of course we took a long deep breath before using F-type as we understand the connotations, but it's a credit to the future."
The F-type will be built at Castle Bromwich on an all-aluminium architecture. Design director Ian Callum said the design would stay true to the C-X16 concept, making production with limited changes.
"The design will be very similar," he said. "Most designers - myself included - have been guilty of making a concept car that looks good and then a production car that is a disappointment. We won't do that again."