Latest spy shots show Jaguar F-type coupé testing alongside standard convertible; expected to launch in 2014
Jim Holder
11 November 2013

The Jaguar F-type coupé, expected to launch next year, has again been spotted testing on the M5 motorway showing its retractable rear wing. The car had previously been seen testing alongside the standard convertible.

The F-type coupé is expected to be powered by the same range of V6, V6 S and V8 engines offered on the drop-top, as well as be the initial basis for more extreme versions of the car, ranging from S and RS models through to an extreme 600bhp Jaguar F-type RS-GT road racer.

A hotter, 'R' version of the F-type coupe is also in development and has already been spotted testing.

Comparing the rooflines of the two models, the coupe has an obviously larger, sloping rear end. It is unknown whether Jaguar will change the design of the coupe's rear bumper to make it an overall larger model than the standard roadster.

Recent spy shots have shown the F-type coupé to be almost identical to the original C-X16 concept, which launched the idea of a new Jaguar sports car, and the standard F-type roadster. The shift to on-road testing indicates that the car's launch would typically be 12 months away, towards the end of 2014.

Jaguar insiders have subsequently admitted that the CX1-6 concept car was designed after the production versions of the F-type were completed, as they were conscious of not producing a concept car that was more flamboyant than the production version. The unusual decision to launch the roadster first was taken because it was perceived to have a large market and deliver a better image for the firm's halo model.

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10 May 2013

Knocked the used XJS story off the homepage, I always took a pinch of salt some of the comments, but it does appear there has to be a new Jaguar Land Rover story on the homepage at the moment.

10 May 2013

230SL wrote:

Knocked the used XJS story off the homepage, I always took a pinch of salt some of the comments, but it does appear there has to be a new Jaguar Land Rover story on the homepage at the moment.

 

Would you be a Mercedes owner by any chance?

10 May 2013

@devil's advocate

No please don't tar me with the Mercedes owner brush, I would change the name if I had the option and I can't be bothered to create another profile so I am now stuck with it.

10 May 2013

230SL wrote:

Knocked the used XJS story off the homepage, I always took a pinch of salt some of the comments, but it does appear there has to be a new Jaguar Land Rover story on the homepage at the moment.

Go to Autobilde and find an article without a German car company on the front page.

10 May 2013

YAWN ...

R32

10 May 2013

Oh yippee!!!! It's testing, it's testing, it's testing.  Let's do a full story on it - it's testing, it's testing, it's testing, it's testing.....

...who cares?

18 October 2013

It's the anti-JLR troll.

10 May 2013

WOULD SELL A LOT MORE IN EUROPE, WITH 3 LITRE DIESEL ENGINES FOR ECONOMY AND CO2. LOOK  AT ALL THE GERMAN BRANDS ,EVEN THE 6 SERIES SELLS MORE IN DIESEL INFACT YOU WOULD PROBABLY NOT SEE ANY OF THE GERMAN TRIO IF IT WHERE NOT FOR THE BLACK STUFF.

10 May 2013

WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING???

10 May 2013

Good point about Diesels!   Other than their AMG models, do Mercedes still sell any petrol cars?  On the other hand Porsche seem to manage quite well without a diesel in the Cayman,Boxster & 911.

Seems that one is a business vehicle and the other is an enthusiast’s vehicle.    I think the F-Type falls in to the latter category?

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