Jaguar F-Type Lineup will be Expanded With AWD and Speedster Versions
Things are heating up at Jaguar, and if CAR magazine is to be believed, the F-Type is going to get lots of fun, new models. From the start Jaguar wanted the F-Type to be a true competitor for Porsche’s venerable 911. As such, the little F-Type lineup will grow to include an entry level four-cylinder model, an AWD model, an R-S Coupe with as much as 600 horsepower and a Speedster version. The Speedster version will be a special edition model that is loosely based on the bonkers Project 7 concept car Jaguar brought to Goodwood.
No word on a Targa model.
I think CAR’s thinking and information is likely solid, but don’t expect full production runs of all these cars next year. Some of the models like the Speedster and R-S will likely be 2016 or 2017 at the earliest and will only be produced in very limited numbers.
Overall, I think the plan is ambitious and very exciting. The F-Type is already one of the most exciting new cars on the road today, and having even more choices is only going to make things better.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Jaguar Project 7 - the concept that will inspire the Speedster version.
The Type 7 concept was a combination piece designed to demonstrate Jaguar’s new F-Type roadster while paying homage to its illustrious racing heritage. Jaguar actually holds more Le Mans wins than any other British automaker.
The Type 7 gets its motivation from Jaguars Supercharged 5.0-liter V8, the same engine found in many of Jag’s other high-performance wares. That means 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of twist. Depending on how Jaguar plans to position the upcoming Speedster model F-Type, I would expect power to be cut to 500 horses and about 460 lb-ft of torque to keep the lineup separated.
When the Type 7 debuted, most people expected it as a sign that Jaguar was looking at returning to its endurance racing roots.