Jaguar was out and about this past weekend testing all of its latest and hottest models. Earlier today, we brought out spy shots of the race track version for the XKR-S and now we’ve got images of the hot R-version of Jaguar’s upcoming F-Type.
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.
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.
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Before the C-X16 Concept ever made it to the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show with an aim "to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology," there were already rumors circulating that Jaguar was working on a new XE model. Recently, an XE prototype was caught testing with a design language similar to that of the C-X16, cementing the idea that the concept was just a starting off point to gauge interest in the new sports car.
The XE prototype was seen with a soft top, as opposed to the retractable hard top that was first thought to be featured. This, as well as the rest of the design language, falls in line with all of the latest Jaguar models, but advances with the look of the C-X16. The XE will be available in Coupe and Roadster models. They will be built on the same platform as the XK, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the same package from the XKR-S in the upcoming model. As for the engine lineup, the XE will feature a range of V6 engines, and a V8 for the top R version.
Expect the new XE model to be launched sometime next year as a direct competitor for models like the Porsche 911.
The Jaguar C-X16 Concept may be catching the eyes of many at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but over in the European Alps, Jaguar engineers are working the kinks out of the production version of this concept: the Jaguar XE. The XE will be debuting sometime next year and will be offered in both coupe and roadster versions, with the roadster debuting ahead of the coupe. After both of those models come out, a GT3 version for the coupe will also show its face. Maybe we’ll get lucky and get R and R-S versions as well.
Either way, the new Jaguar XE will be built on the same platform as the current XK sports car and will be powered by a 3.0 liter V6 made entirely of aluminum and delivering some 380 HP. Jaguar has promised that the XE will be a true two-seater sportscar with plans to hunt down models like the Porsche 911.
Lofty goals aside, the new Jaguar XE will fit in nicely with the Porsche clan by offering a price tag that falls somewhere between the Boxster, the Cayman, and the 911.
Jaguar’s long rumored XE model is finally making its way towards production as confirmed with the newest spy shots of the small roadster. First thought to be dropped due to struggling sales, the XE project has been seen spot testing with almost zero camouflage, and we like what we see.
The retractable hard top that was first thought to featured on the XE is obviously vacant, and a soft top can be found in its place. This, as well as the rest of the design language, falls in line with all of the latest Jaguar models. The Roadster will be built on the same platform as the XK, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the same package from the XKR-S in the upcoming model. As for the engine lineup, the XE will feature a range of V6 engines, and a V8 for the top R version.
Expect the new XE model to be launched sometime next year as a direct competitor for models like the Porsche 911.
UPDATE 09/19/2011: The production version of the Jaguar C-X16 concept has been caught testing in the European Alps. The production version, rumored to be called XE will be offered in both roadster and coupe versions, with the coupe also getting a GT3 version.
UPDATE 10/24/2011 : Jaguar has recently filled a patent at the U.S. Patent Office for the "C-XE" moniker which is leading people to believe that the next sports car will use that name instead. It is also believed that the roadster version will be called the R-XE. The only problem is that the "R" letter in the Jaguar world usually refers to a high performance sports car.
While talking about the company’s future plans, Karl-Peter Forster and Ralph Speth confirmed that the XE sports roadster will make its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. This is exactly 50 years after the debut of the XKE which it is reputed to be the spiritual successor. Jaguar will unveil it as a roadster first, but a coupe version will follow.
The 2013 Jaguar 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. Fans of high performance don’t fret, because Jaguar is also preparing an R version of the XE.
Carl-Peter Forster, Tata top boss, confirmed that Jaguar plans to build a new sports car, a fourth Range Rover, a BMW 3-Series rival and an executive estate. Of course, it’s not the first time you hear about a F-type Roadster coming from Jaguar, but this time we got the official confirmation. It will compete with models like the Porsche Boxster, the Mercedes SLK and the BMW Z4.
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.
As announced previously Jaguar is preparing to reveal a successor for the E-Type. Called XE, the new model will be a competitor for models like Mercedes SLK and Porsche Boxster and will make its official debut in 2010 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The German magazine AutoBild reports that the 2011 XE Roadster will "continue the new design line with a fierce look and a distinctive front grille."
The XE will be built on an all-new aluminum platform and will be powered by a V8 petrol engine with 385hp in naturally aspired version and 510 hp in the supercharged version.
You may already know that Jaguar is preparing for the launch of the XE in 2012. Next to the V6 and V8 engines, the XE chassis will also be offered with a gas sipping 3 cylinder gas/electric hybrid version, set up similarly to Chevrolet’s upcoming Volt EV. The first concept version of this forward thinking hybrid sports car should make its Auto Show debut sometime in 2010; with this model Tata aims to compete directly with other electric roadsters builders like Tesla and Fisker.
Expect the 2011 XE Hybrid to be powered by a lithium ion battery pack, as opposed to today’s nickel based energy storage devices. The small displacement motor will act mainly to recharge the batteries which they will run off of most of the time, just like General Motors’ car of tomorrow. Good news for the petrol heads in the audience, the traditionally powered modern day E Type is expected to have Jaguar’s new 5.0 Litre V8 engine, making 385 HP, while a 510 HP supercharged version is expected to make an appearance under the range topping sport model.
This electrifying news comes after a report back in April that said Jaguar had an electric Jaguar XJ in the works for 2010, in which the now Indian owned company could benefit from a sizable sack of cash from the British Government.
The now Indian automaker, Jaguar, is currently working on a compact drop top sports car that can compete with the luxury roadsters of Germany, cars like the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Mercedes Benz SLK. The modern day C-type will make its official debut in 2012, around the same time as the upcoming reincarnation of the E-Type and future mid-engine supercar.
The new C will be a lightweight two-seater, based around an aluminum monocoque for the best mix of chassis rigidity and weight reduction. Under the hood, Jaguar will use the same power plants as in the XF sedan. An entry-level version will be powered by a 3.0 Liter V6 making 235 HP and the top of the line model will take advantage of the new 5.0 Liter V8 making 380 HP. When it hits the test track, the eight cylinder version should be able to hit the 60 MPH mark in under 5 seconds.
So if Jaguar is bringing back the C-type, and plan to bring back the E-type, the only thing left for them to do would be a revival of the D-type. Perhaps it is the car’s racing pedigree or maybe it is the bulbous fenders or the vertical fin behind the driver’s head, but the D was the most attractive of all the classic Jaguar sports cars.
New ownership seems to be agreeing with Jaguar. Now that Jaguar is out from under Ford’s large shadow, its allowed to expand out into more sports cars. Although many would have like to have seen the very British brand go back into the hands of a British company, Tata seems to be using its deep economical resources to expand its crown jewel marque.
As reported earlier, Jaguar plans to expand its line-up with more two-door cars. First on the list seems to be the coupe and convertible versions of the XF sedan. The XF Roadster will feature a folding fabric roof, along with a slightly shortened wheelbase to improve structural rigidity. The Coupe XF is rumored to be utilizing Jaguar’s design strength to create a swoopy competitor to the Audi A5. Both the coupe and roadster will look to the XF sedan for its powersource. This will likely mean a V6 available in Europe, and the 4.2-liter V8 as the base in North America. The cars are expected by around 2010 and should have a price point close to the XF (currently about $50K.)
Audi isn’t the only German brand Jaguar is taking aim at. The cat is also focusing on pouncing on the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. Possibly by 2012, a new small budget-minded roadster would appear under the name "F-Type". Its styling should come from the now almost nine-year-old concept design and the new XK/XF brand image. The new droptop would utilize a much-shortened XJ chassis. If this roadster does make it into production, the same rumors say that it is likely a hardtop would soon follow.
Jaguar isn’t completely abandoning sports sedans. The 500 hp XFR is set to be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and a new XJ should arrive by 2010.
Is not the first time your hear about a production version of the Jaguar F-Type Concept. But now, thanks to AutoCar, we can reveal the name of the production version: XE, a two-seat, £40k sports car that is currently in the design and planning stages and will be developed for a 2012 launch.
The future sportscar, codenamed Project X700 will be built on either XF or the XK platform and will be a serious competition for the Porsche 911.
More about the Jaguar F-Type Concept.