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Jaguar CX16 concept will become the XK-F

The XK-F will be the long-awaited successor to the Jaguar XK-E, the company's last true sports car

Published: May 4, 2012, 11:00 AM
Updated: June 7, 2015, 10:54 AM

Confirming what many have assumed since Jaguar revealed its CX16 concept car at the Frankfurt auto show last fall, the company has acknowledged that it will become the XK-F.

The XK-F, which is scheduled to begin production in mid-2013, will be the long-awaited successor  to the iconic Jaguar XK-E, the company's last true sports car.

Reports from Europe indicate that it will be offered first in roadster form with a coupe version to follow sometime later. The coupe is said to differ from the concept in that it will have a conventional rear hatch, rather than the side-hinged version on the concept – a design tribute to the original XK-E.

Jaguar has already revealed that the XK-F will come to market with an all-new, supercharged 3.0-litre V-6 engine, reportedly in either 335-hp or 375-hp states of tune. A 5.0-litre V-8, with unspecified power output, is promised downstream.

According to British newspaper sources, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is building a new engine plant and significantly expanding its assembly plant, adding approximately 750 jobs between the two, to support production of the new model.