Jay Leno’s clout in the auto industry is well established. That’s one of the perks of being a certified car enthusiast but in the comedian’s case, automakers trip over themselves to get featured in his own auto web show series, Jay Leno’s Garage.

Recently, Jaguar took its turn and it brought along its latest pride and joy, the Jaguar F-Type V8 S. Eric Johnson, vice president of Jaguar Western Region, presented the car to Leno and true to the script, the pair began by talking about the car before Leno does what he seemingly always does: take the F-Type V8 S for a spin. Obviously, a car of the F-Type V8 S’ stature deserves to have some kind of special attention given to it and Leno was quick to point out how impressed he was with its 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to the F-Type V-8 S, the episode also featured Leno’s drive of another one of Jaguar’s recent builds: the Project 7 Concept. Like we said, this guy really gets all the treats, doesn’t he?

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Jaguar F-Type Roadster

2013 Jaguar F-Type Roadster

2013 Jaguar F-Type Roadster High Resolution Exterior
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The new Jaguar F-Type made its world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. It is offered in three different trim levels — F-Type, F-Type S, and F-Type V8 S — with a choice of two engines.

The base model is powered by a supercharged V-6 engine that delivers a total of 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The S version gets the same V-6, but its output was increased to 380 horsepower. The most powerful model is the F-Type V8 S, which is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 495 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The F-Type V8 S can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and hit an incredible top speed of 186 mph.

In the U.S., the F-Type has been priced from $69,000.

Source: YouTube - Jay Leno’s Garage

Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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