The next step in Jaguar’s sporting bloodline is about to become reality.
Jaguar's long awaited successor to the iconic XK-E (E-Type) is scheduled to make its debut in final production form at the 2012 Paris auto show on September 27.
Called the F-Type, the new Jaguar two-seater sports car features all-aluminum construction and a choice of three engines.
"The unveiling of the F-Type in Paris will be a truly significant day in Jaguar’s history as it will mark the company’s return to the sports car market, a market it originally helped to create," says Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director forJaguar Cars
"As its sporting forebears did in their era, the F-Type will break new ground by delivering stunning sports car performance while vividly demonstrating Jaguar’s cutting-edge engineering technologies and world-class design excellence," he adds.
The F-Type will be launched initially only as a convertible, although a coupe version is expected to follow.
Two versions of Jaguar’s all-new 3.0-litre supercharged V-6, rated at approximately 340 and 380 horsepower, will be available, along with a new derivative of its existing supercharged 5.0-litre V8.
All will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission and will be equipped with Auto Stop/Start technology.
Following the F-Type's camouflaged public drive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, testing of the final verification prototypes continued to verify design work carried out by Jaguar’s engineers in the ‘virtual world’, according to the company.
More than half-a-million separate F-Type design analyses were conducted comprising 10-million CPU hours of processing, creating more than 300TB of data.
If that same amount of initial design analysis been completed on physical cars, the number of prototype F-Types required would have filled the majority of the UK’s motorway network bumper-to-bumper, according to Jaguar,
"When you are working on a Jaguar sports car the expectations of the world are huge. We’re really pleased how the attributes have translated from the virtual simulation work we’ve done into the physical world," says Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s Vehicle Line Director.