New sports car to be called Jaguar F-Type; to be launched as roadster n 2013

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."

One feature of the C-X16 that won't make it onto the F-type is the side opening rear tailgate. "That was a bit of fun and a nod to the E-type," said Callum. "We could engineer it but practicality is more important."

The convertible is being engineered first as it requires the biggest engineering challenge and investment. A coupe will follow in 2014 and several other variants will also be launched throughout the F-types life cycle - including a hybrid version previewed by the C-X16 - to maintain interest in the car.

A range of petrol engines will be offered, including powertrains from Jaguar's new engine family.

Hallmark also admitted the convertible's spring-summer launch date was unusual, as such cars are normally launched in the autumn. Sales of the convertible and coupe are expected to be split around 50-50.

In terms of driving dynamics, the base F-type will offer a similar level of precision as the XKR-S. "Jaguar is all about sports cars and this is our most driver focused cars in generations," said Jaguar's chassis tuning chief Mike Cross. "It's responsive and great to drive."

Hallmark added: "It won't have XKR-S power but will have the precision, directness and responsiveness of that car at its core."

The model will be positioned between the Porsche Cayman/Boxster and Porsche 911 in the sports car segment, a price point Jaguar says it will operate in alone. "We've done a lot of research and the unique positioning has given us the desire to make it much sooner," said Hallmark.

The production F-type will be unveiled later this year, probably at the Paris motor show in September.

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4 April 2012

Dammit. My money was on XE.

The "F" motif camo is remarkably effective - hard to make out any real detailing on the car.

4 April 2012

Hear that noise? It's the sound of nails being hammered into the Aston V8 Vantage's coffin.

4 April 2012

and after hours of deliberation and discussion they decided to call it Folk Club. but really, at last, thank god. would you believe it. a jaguar sports car, only taken 40 years to build the obvious.

4 April 2012

E-Type ... next comes the F-Type ... the last bearing that moniker a roadster the size of an MX5. Might be a bit larger to accommodate the hood without intruding into boot space.

4 April 2012

The E-type's name was far from being its best feature. These days people spend large sums of money naming a product and after all the build-up I am quite disappointed. But it's better than Tiddles so I'll get over it.

4 April 2012

[quote 275not599]But it's better than Tiddles so I'll get over it[/quote] If you'd had some input, it would be called the Jaguar Superthunderstingcar

 

4 April 2012

[quote Leslie Brook]Superthunderstingcar[/quote]

Anyone who wants a great laugh should look up that word on youtube.

4 April 2012

Interesting to see the active rear spoiler in the pics. Presumably because the back end is so low.

4 April 2012

No reason not to call it the F-Type. And it's going to be a wonderful car. Well, I'll go for the coupe rather than the drop top, but it's going to be amazing.

5 April 2012

Let us hope this new F-Type does make it to production and soon too

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