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Jaguar F-Type unveiled

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Successor to the legendary E-Type revealed ahead of the Paris motor show.

Jaguar F-Type.

Jaguar F-Type.

After almost a year of teaser images and camouflage-clad prototypes, Jaguar has finally released the first official image of the new F-Type roadster – the car seen as the spiritual successor to the iconic Jaguar E-Type.

The image shows three versions of the long-awaited small sports car, all with their fabric folding-roofs stowed. The picture was released by Jaguar following the leaking of a photo on a US website.

The F-Type was designed to resemble the stunning C-X16 concept car, and to our eye it appears to have pulled off that feat. Carryover elements from that car include twin gills on the front bumper to feed air to the brakes, an angular, almost Maserati-like grille with black mesh backing, and headlights with a streamlined LED daytime running light strip.

Other design standouts include the hidden door handles, which are barely distinguishable when looking at the F-Type in profile. The car is expected to be just a touch longer than a Porsche Boxster, and shorter than a Porsche 911. International sites suggest it will be priced that way, too, but there’s no information on Australian positioning just yet.

The company has previously revealed the F-Type will be offered with at least two engines, the first a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 available with either 250kW or 280kW, and the second a range-topping supercharged 5.0-litre V8 producing somewhere in the region of 390kW.

No matter what size the engine, the power will be sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. In order to keep the car’s emissions and consumption low, every F-Type will feature fuel-saving stop-start technology.

While the F-Type seen here is convertible, the company is reportedly expected to follow up this model with a hard-topped coupe in 2014.

More images are set to be revealed within the next few days.

The F-Type will make its international debut at this month’s Paris motor show, before making its way to Australia for the Sydney motor show in mid-October.

The car is due to arrive locally in the second quarter of 2013. As Drive reported earlier this month, the new F-Type has already been snapped up by four Australian buyers more than six months before it arrives here.

1 comment so far

  • Rant Engage

    Uk Price will apparently be 55,000 Pounds (85,000 AUD). Hang on. That actually sounds like a good deal.

    Oh wait I forgot we live in Australia. Expect the price to start at 195,000 AUD after luxury car tax, import duty, dealer markup, Jaguar in general jacking the price up.

    So yeah. Enjoy paying more than double what the car's worth. That goes for everyone who buys a Porsche, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini or any exotic European sportscar in Australia.

    But don't worry if you can't afford one you'll be saving yourself a load of hassle, Australian roads are now so crowded and our road rules so strict that even taking it out of 2nd gear would mean the end of your license.

    End Rant.

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    Andrew Wise
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    September 24, 2012, 1:16PM

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