Spy shots have revealed what appears to be an extreme high-performance 'RS' variant of the Jaguar F-type convertible being tested on track.
Jaguar marketing director Phil Popham admitted at last week’s New York show that extreme high performance cars would help re-establish the company as a ‘performance’ brand.
It's likely that the supercharged 5.0-litre V8, found in the F-type R, will be fitted. In standard form the engine produces 542bhp and 502lb ft but the RS is expected to receive something of a power hike, resulting in an output close to 600bhp. Power will again be sent to the rear wheels by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The new Jaguar F-type RS convertible prototype features some fairly extensive cosmetic changes, compared to the standard model, including a much larger front chin spoiler, a more aggressive rear wing and a bigger rear diffuser under the tail.
That this new car is being tested in convertible form is interesting because, as yet, there is no R version of the drop-top F-Type – but a high-performance and roofless 'Project 7' concept was tested last year, which shares similar visual identifiers including the large front spoiler.