The Jaguar F-Type is the production name for the C-X16 Concept and will arrive as a Roadster first in early 2013.
Well, Jaguar F-Type was one of the monikers we pitched as a possibility for the new Jaguar Roadster and Coupe previewed by the C-X16 Concept, but it was a long way off the top of the list. But Jaguar F-Type it is and, for what it’s worth, we approve.
Despite Jaguar making it clear that F-Type isn’t supposed to continue the lineage of the D-Type and E-Type per se, it’s a nice nod to the past in a car that is the future.
As we reported, the Jaguar F-Type will arrive first as a Roadster in spring 2013, before the F-Type Coupe follows on a year later. Jaguar say the challenge was engineering the F-Type as a Roadster so they wanted to crack that before they delivered the Coupe F-Type.
Jaguar are keen to deliver an F-Type that’s as close to the C-X16 as possible, but the Coupe won’t be getting the nod to the E-Type that we saw in its side-opening rear hatch. It’s not a practical solution and, nice though it was to see, that will bite the dust when the production F-Type Coupe arrives in 2014. But otherwise expect an F-Type that’s faithful to the C-X16 Concept.
Engines on offer are likely to be a a fairly broad spectrum including the new V6 petrol and the V6 diesel with a hybrid setup of some description arriving a bit further down the line. As for driving dynamics, Jaguar reckon the F-Type will be as sharp – if not as powerful – as the XKR-S.
Jaguar are going the same route with the F-Type as they did with the XF Sportbrake by issuing a set of ‘Official’ spy photos, this time of the F-Type with ‘Search F-Type‘ plastered on the side. Interestingly, a search on Google for F-Type yields a Wikipedia page on F-Type connectors.
But we’re sure that will change.
Jaguar F-Type Roadster Photo Gallery
(9 photos – click any thumbnail for full gallery)
Jaguar F-Type Video with Martin Brundle & Mike Cross