Jaguar F-TYPE ready to impress next year
T HE covers have come off what is arguably the most exciting car that this country has produced in decades with the launch of the new Jaguar F-TYPE.
The Porsche-rivalling two-seater soft top will begin at £58,500 with the first cars reaching the customers early next year and demand is going to be extraordinary.
There will be three versions, a new 3.0 V6, developed from Jaguar's highly acclaimed 5.0-litre V8, and available in either 340 or 380 PS form and a new V8 with 495 PS under the driver's right foot.
This flagship has supercar performance, despatching the 0 to 60 sprint in 4.3 seconds and on to a top speed electronically restricted to 186 mph.
Jaguar has pulled out all the stops for this car. It has a light but very rigid aluminum chassis and the stiffer the chassis, the more accurately the engineers can fine-tune the suspension and steering.
The wheels are attached to the chassis by double wishbones all round, still the best solution for keeping the wheel as upright as possible and maximising grip during hard cornering.
In addition to the performance hand handling the F-TYPE should also sound fruity thanks to active exhaust system, which is standard on the S and V8 S models, which adds another dimension of driver engagement.
Valves in the exhaust system open under load from 3,000rpm which allows the exhaust note to build to a thrilling crescendo at the redline.
Ian Hoban, vehicle line director, says: "With the F-TYPE, the Jaguar engineering team focused on delivering greater dynamic driving reward than ever before.
To make that a reality, every engineer has had very tough targets to hit: every one of those targets has been met and, in many cases, exceeded, making the F-TYPE a car that delivers precisely the key sporting attributes that we intended."
And of course, the car looks beautiful too. Ian Callum, director of design at Jaguar, says: "A piece of design should tell a story and this is why every line in the F-TYPE has a start, a direction and a conclusion.
If you approach every line individually and get it as aesthetically correct as possible, get the dimensions right, it will stand the test of time."
Adrian Hallmark, global brand director at Jaguar, says the F-TYPE will take its place in the long line of world-beating sportscars that the company has made, stretching back to the SS and the XK120 and the C-, D- and E-TYPE: "Jaguar is a founder member of the sports car segment with a rich sporting bloodline stretching over 75 years, and in the F-TYPE we've reignited that flame. The F-TYPE isn't designed to be like anyone else's sports car. It's a Jaguar sports car – ultra-precise, powerful, sensual and, most of all, it feels alive."
Ian Hoban, vehicle line director, says: "With the F-TYPE, the Jaguar engineering team focused on delivering greater dynamic driving reward than ever before. To make that a reality, every engineer has had very tough targets to hit: every one of those targets has been met and, in many cases, exceeded, making the F-TYPE a car that delivers precisely the key sporting attributes that we intended."