• Hot Off the Trail of the AMG GT 4-Door, Jaguar Expresses Interest in a Four-Door F-Type

Are you sold on the possibility of a four-door Jaguar F-Type?

In the wake of Mercedes-AMG’s successful debut of the GT 4 four-door coupe, Jaguar looks to be warming up to the idea of rolling out its own version of a four-door coupe. Jaguar’s head of design, Ian Callum, admitted that a four-door version of the F-Type sports car would be something that Jaguar would look into, provided that a good business case for such a model can be made.

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Jaguar would be in its place to develop a four-door coupé because of its history with the body type.e

Are you excited for a four-door Jaguar F-Type? As odd as it sounds, it might become a reality if Ian Callum has his way. Jaguar’s head designer was also quick to point out that Jaguar would be in its place to develop a four-door coupé because of its history with the body type.

“The notion of four doors is interesting because the idea of a four-door coupé came out originally with Jaguars, and then Mercedes-Benz latched on to the CLS and created this genre of car, which really rightfully was Jaguars…so that’s our rightful place in some ways — the four-door sports cars,” Callum told Car Advice.

Callum’s comments point more to Jaguar’s past “engineering limitations” to develop such a model. But the company has prospered in recent years, and when combined with modern technology, the possibility of a four-door Jaguar sports coupé looks more likely than it’s ever been. “The four-door aspect of a sports car makes a lot of sense,” Callum said. “Not for every sports car, don’t get me wrong, but the reason for two doors is for more structure out of the car. Therefore, four doors… and now, with modern technology, that sort of stuff doesn’t really matter anymore. We can engineer a car to have a structure with four doors, or even pillarless doors these days.”

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Callum didn’t exactly confirm or deny any plans by the company to develop its own four-door sports coupé to take on the Mercedes-AMG GT 4.

That said, Callum didn’t exactly confirm or deny any plans by the company to develop its own four-door sports coupé to take on the Mercedes-AMG GT 4. It’s certainly an appealing thought, especially if Jaguar can somehow reconfigure the architecture of the F-Type to accommodate having two more seats and two more doors. It’s not impossible, but it would still need the green light from Jaguar executives.

Considering the resources it now has at its disposal; it wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world for Jaguar to dip its toes in this pool to see if it’s warm enough to jump into. Jaguar does have a history of developing four-door sports coupés so an F-Type version wouldn’t be too far out of its own wheelhouse.

References

Jaguar F-Type

2017 Jaguar F-Type High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review of the 2017 Jaguar F-Type

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door

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It has the aggressive AMG GT front end

Read our Review of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door

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