News : Jaguar F-Type is just the beginning…

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With the F-Type, Jaguar intends to offer a full range of models in order to broaden the appeal of its sports cars. The most likely extension to the line-up is a coupe. The original concept car  – the Jaguar C-X16, revealed at the Frankfurt show in 2011 ­- had a hardtop. It would also fit with Jaguar’s plans to make the F-Type a rival for the world’s best-selling sports car, the Porsche 911.

‘While developing the initial V6- and V8-engined automatic-transmission convertibles, Jaguar has considered all possible options – a coupe, ultra-high-performance R-S versions, manuals, diesels and hybrids, small-capacity engines and even four-wheel drive,’ said Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark.

‘The reason we did the roadster first is that it is the most complicated and provided us with the biggest challenges,’ said Hallmark. ‘At this level the market for coupes and convertibles is split roughly 50:50, but convertibles command a price premium in return for being harder to engineer. Now all the hard work is done. The foundations are there.’

Jaguar recently introduced four-wheel-drive versions of the XF and XJ saloons in markets prone to extreme weather or plagued by poor roads, and the F-Type is capable of accommodating all-wheel-drive if the demand is there, revealed Hallmark. ‘The V6 engine was developed with all-wheel drive in mind and the F-Type is four-wheel drive-capable. The restricting factor with any all-wheel-drive car, is the shape and size of the engine and whether it is possible to add the additional components needed to take drive to the front wheels.’

‘The main purpose of four-wheel drive is to increase traction with high-power engines,’ added Hallmark. He feels that the 490bhp of the range-topping F-Type V8 S is, ‘the limit of two-wheel drive in a controllable way’ in the car, but says that it is not technically feasible to offer four-wheel drive with the V8 engine. That suggests that if there is to be an R-S model with more than 500bhp, it would be a variant of the V6.

Also, rather interestingly, we posted this speculative rendering image (below) first shown by Jaguar magazine, and Ian Callum responded to the question we raised about production with, ‘…funny you should say that.’ We’ll just leave this with you…

Jaguar F-Type (Jaguar magazine rendering)

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13 Comments

  1. As Yorkie pointed out in chat, Ferrari have their 4×4 Bredvan.
    So this would be Jag doing their cut-price take on Italian exotica…E-Type anyone?

  2. Looking at the picture, why would you ever want a VW Scirocco……why would you ever want a VW……BMW…….Audi…….Merc

    Anything else is just ordinary.

  3. if the get the brightwork right on the window surrounds then possibly it might work… At least it’ll be a proper 4WD 2+2 small coupe. In my view, however, they’re all rip-off’s of the orginal (sexy and brilliant) little Honda CRX coupe.

  4. ^^ actually no… The original has to have been either the Reliant Scimiter GTE (for that exact style bodyshape) or the Jenson Interceptor in terms of package.

  5. The successor to the Lynx Eventer?

    They’re prepping the new “3 series competitor” too.

    In my opinion, this should offer something different to the usual small saloon junior management mobile.
    They should offer a fastback hatch. This could tie in stylistically to the XJ. It might also offer something that would appeal to ex-Saab or XM/C6 customers.

    They’re talking about a coupe of the small Jag, that would be an interesting proposition, an eventual replacement for my old Accord coupe, and a competitor for the A5 without *that* badge.

  6. ^ Forgot to say that a fastback hatch would appeal to the upper end of the “mainstream” D segment too.
    The majority of sales of Insignias and Mondeos are hatchbacks, in fact the latter is no longer available as a saloon. Accord and Avensis sales dipped when they became saloon only.

  7. #8 : a small 2+2 coupe ???? This weighs almost as much as a Mark VII Jaguar, or put another way, about twice what a Lotus Elan +2 weighed and 40% more than a Series 1 E type . It is ludicrously corpulent

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