We’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of the new Jaguar F-Type, which is due for unveiling at the Paris Auto show on September 29th through October 14th. Sightings of the F-Type have been plentiful, but it is heavily disguised in an F-Laden wrap, leaving just enough to the imagination to have us intrigued.
Well, Jaguar decided to toss us a little teaser in the form of a video, which you can see above, roughly a month before the car’s unveiling. The video has the F-Type on center stage and Jag engineer, Ian Hoban, playing a supporting role as the narrator. He proceeds to remind the world of something that has gotten lost lately: what a true sports car is. It’s not a big bundle of muscle, it is a manageable car with high power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratio. It’s also responsive, and handles and brakes on demand.
Hoban claims that the F-Type will live up to what the definition of a true sports car really is. The F-Type will meet this sports car definition using a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 or a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine – the latter engine already exists in Jaguar’s lineup. Power will head to the rear wheels via a shift-happy 8-speed transmission. The F-Type will also help save a little fuel, as it will boast start-and-stop technology.
The video really gives us a good listen to the throaty pitch that the new F-Type will deliver. We gotta say that so far, we are rather impressed by it. The guise that it wears, however, seems to show us a fairly bland and pretty typical Jaguar body. We’ll see what the final result in next month and then make a final judgment on it. Until then, thanks for the ear candy, Jaguar!
Click past the jump to read Jaguar’s press release.
Gallery Jaguar F-Type Roadster
The all-new aluminium two-seater sports car will make its global debut in production form at the Paris Motor Show on 27th September. I’ve included the press release below so you can find all the up to date details on the F-TYPE and it’s launch at the Paris Motor Show:
Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said: "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. "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. The next step in Jaguar’s sporting bloodline is about to become reality."
The F-TYPE will be launched as a convertible with a choice of three petrol engines: 340PS and 380PS versions of Jaguar’s all-new 3.0-litre supercharged V6, and 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 Stop/Start technology.
Prototype test programme
Following the F-TYPE’s ’camouflaged’ public drive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June of this year, testing of the final verification prototypes has continued in some of the harshest environments in the world. As its name suggests, this test programme is designed to verify the staggering amount of design work that was carried out by Jaguar’s engineers in the ’virtual world’, a process in which the company is an industry leader.
More than half-a-million separate F-TYPE design analyses were carried out comprising 10-million CPU hours of processing, creating more than 300TB of data. Had that same amount of initial design analysis been completed on physical cars, the number of prototype F-TYPEs built would have filled the majority of the UK’s motorway network bumper-to-bumper.
The result of all that ’virtual’ design work is that Jaguar’s engineers are currently concentrating on honing the performance of the physical verification prototypes, to ensure the production F-TYPE delivers truly focused sports car driving reward.
Said Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s Vehicle Line Director: "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. "Now, we’re refining and adding those last few percentage points - that true element of honing which the Jaguar test team are delivering - which will turn a great sports car into an exceptional one."