Finally, the Jaguar F-Type made its public debut at Goodwood and tackled the hill climb with its 380-horsepower, 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 whistling away and its top down. Unfortunately, the Jag was still wearing its rather funky looking camo, but it’s easy to get a good idea of what we are going to see once it’s officially released.
Its appearance at Goodwood and its hill climb run is not the only F-Type talk going around. Recently, an unconfirmed rumor has come about that has all of us auto junkies’ interest on high alert. Supposedly, Jaguar is cooperating with Williams F1 to build 20 racing spec F-Types.
The rumored intention for these racing spec F-Types is to enter in the FIA’s GT3 competition. According to the rumors, which are fueled by AutoExpress, the GT3 F-Types will not have the factory 3.0-liter under the hood, but rather a 500-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. This is anticipated to get the F-Type to 60 mph in just shy of 4 seconds and pump its top speed up to nearly 200 mph.
As we said, these are completely unconfirmed rumors, but seeing a race-ready F-Type would not surprise us. It would also help increase public awareness in this new Jag on the market.
We’ll keep a close eye on this situation and let you know if any additional rumors or hard facts become available.
While we are all waiting to see the new Jaguar F-Type next week at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the company is busy testing out the sports roadster at the famous Nurburgring race track. British magazine, AutoCar, was lucky enough to shoot a video of the hot laps, allowing us to hear the sound of the 3.0 liter V6 supercharged engine!
This engine delivers a total of 250 HP in a normally aspirated version and 375 HP in the supercharged R version . As you probably know, theF-Type will be built as a two-seater convertible, with a coupe version to follow, and will feature all-aluminum construction. It will be priced under the current XK , so expect to pay about $85K if you want to buy one.
This is all we have for now, but tune in next week when the official details of the Jaguar F-Type are revealed!
Jaguar has already confirmed that the standard F-Type will be powered by a new V6 engine that delivers a total of 250 HP in a normally aspirated version and 375 HP in the supercharged R version. This model will be set to take on the Porsche Boxster and the BMW Z4 . The future R version, however, will be powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine and will target models like the Aston Martin Vantage and the Mercedes SLK 55 AMG .
When compared to the standard F-Type, the R version will be distinguished by a set of quad exhausts, more prominent front and rear bumpers, a new set of wheels, and a sportier interior.
The standard F-Type will be unveiled in September 2012 and the F-Type R version will follow a few months later.
Back in April 2012, Jaguar officially confirmed that the F-Type sports car wold be coming, except they only confirmed it in a coupe version and a roadster version. Now, recent spy shots have revealed that an R version is also under development. Come on, anyone knows that all Jaguars come with their own R version, so this little development shouldn’t have taken anybody off-guard.
The future Jaguar F-Type R will be powered by the usual supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine used in almost all the other R models, but detuned to around 450 HP, which is still pretty impressive for such a tiny sports car.
Compared to the standard F-Type, the R version will get a set of quad exhausts, more prominent front and rear bumpers, a new set of wheels, and a sportier interior.
It is believed that the R version will be launched at the same time as the standard version, so expect to see the new F-Type in all its glory later in September 2012.
Now all we need to complete the lineup is for the Jaguar F-Type RS to get picked.
The Beijing Auto Show press days are here and just before the doors officially open to the public, Jaguar has announced the two latest additions to its current engine line-up. Both engines will be forced-injection and mated to eight-speed ZF transmissions, making these new additions look extremely attractive.
The range-topper of the two will be a supercharged, 3.0 liter V6 while a turbocharged 2.0 liter in-line four cylinder will also make its world debut. Unsurprisingly, the new V6 engine will deliver more power and torque than the four-cylinder, delivering 340HP in base tune and up to 380HP when the engine is fitted to the incredible F-TYPE roadster previewed a few weeks ago.
Jaguar is keen to point out that the new V6 draws on the technology used in their flagship 5.0-liter V8, so the British manufacturer seems to have hit a home run with this latest addition. As previously mentioned, it will be supercharged making use of a twin-vortex unit and a water-cooled intercooler.
As for the new four-cylinder, it is said to pump out 240HP and is a direct decedent of the 2.0-liter unit offered in the stunning Range Rover Evoque . Furthermore, this engine will only tip the scales at 304 lbs, and is likely to be offered in future base Jaguar models, as well as an entry-level variant of the F-TYPE sports car .
A few weeks ago, Jaguar officially revealed the first spy shots for the upcoming F-Type roadster. The F-Type will be announced later in 2012 and will borrow about 95% of its design elements from the C-X16 Concept announced at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. We couldn’t wait to see the final product, so we went to the drawing board for a quick glimpse into the future.
The future Jaguar F-Type will be powered by a new 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 250 HP in a normally aspirated version and 375 HP in the supercharged R version. Jaguar has also confirmed that the future F-Type will be built as a two-seater convertible and will feature all-aluminum construction. The model will be priced under the current XK , or at about $85,000.
Let us know what you think of the rendering for the upcoming Jaguar F-Type roadster in the comment section below!
In a recent statement, Tata Motors CEO Carl-Peter Forster confirmed that Jaguar is indeed working on a replacement for the X-Type and the long-awaited "F-Type" roadster. Production version of the F-Type will be called XE and, as previously reported , will be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Both models will be offered in several variations. Forster also announced that Jaguar is currently testing an estate version for the XF luxury sedan.
All he said about the X-Type replacement is that it will be built on a new generation medium-size rear-drive aluminum platform, that will also be used for the XE and the replacement for today’s XF.
The XE will be built on an all-new aluminum platform and will be powered by a V8 petrol engine with 385hp in a naturally aspired version and 510 hp in the supercharged version. Reports also suggest that the upcoming XE will be made as a hybrid variant. The gas/electric vehicle will use a much more efficient lithium ion battery pack, as opposed to today’s nickel based energy storage devices.
The 2012 F-Type will be built on XF’s platform and will use the XK’s aluminum suspension components to save weight. Under the hood there will be a V6 engine with output around 235 hp. Twin turbos are a possibility. The photo shown here is of theJaguar F-type concept which was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show back in 2000. It was based off of the XK180 concept that had been unveiled a couple of years prior to that in 1998. Although the concept has stayed alive, the Jaguar F-type will look nothing like the concepts shown.
Unfortunately, the good news ends here as Tata still plans to close one of its UK factories. Forster believes it is much better for a car company to have one large factory, than two small ones. Within the next few years Tata will open a new plant in China where it will be build models like the Defender , the Discovery and the Freelander .
We guess it is safe to say that the promise of £1bn of investment every year for the next five years by new Indian owner Tata is being put to good use by Jaguar.
Our strange Jaguar fix may be over with. A few weeks ago we started hearing rumors that Jaguar was working on a supercar called the XE. The stories had the car pegged as a mid-engined successor to the XJ220 , and a competitor to the Audi R8. Jaguar has never confirmed this car, and now AutoWeek is possibly shedding some light on this rumor.
A reporter close to Jaguar says that the car called “XE” is in development, but "Jag will launch an affordable, front-engine sports car, badged XE, not a supercar-badged XE." This means the XE is a competitor for the Porsche Boxster , Mercedes SLK and BMW Z4 , which seems very close to the roadster that the press has usually called the F-Type...Hmmmmmmm.
So have the rumors about this supercar really just been a game of telephone gone bad, or is Jaguar just trying to hide its next supercar? The first explanation makes the most sense (especially in this economy), but as supercar lovers, we hope the latter is the case.
Just because the economies of the world are slowing down doesn’t mean Jaguar is. Earlier we saw that plans for the new XJ will be revealed later this year, and now it seems the F-Type roadster is still on track for 2011.
Jaguar’s corporate parent Tata has an attitude toward the current economy we’d like to see from other manufacturers. "Putting exciting projects on the back burner is the thing we should not do," said Chairman Ratan Tata. "Certainly we must attend to business by doing our utmost to cut costs and reduce time-frames, but above all we must ensure that we come out of this slump ahead of where we were – with exciting cars like the roadster that show where we want to go."