Jaguar Uses The F-Word
Bad news for Jaguar E-type drivers.
Soon there will be a new kid on the block, as Jaguar announces that it is taking a new sports car into production and calling it the F-TYPE.
News confirmed at the New York auto show by Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director of Jaguar Cars: "We showed the C-X16 concept in September 2011, and the reaction to it has been so positive that we've accelerated our development of an all-new Jaguar sports car.
"That car will be called the F-TYPE, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year. Its development is a vivid representation of the confidence and ambition of the Jaguar brand, and the desire amongst our engineers and design team to produce a world-leader in a market segment that we have been absent from for too long. But no longer – the F-TYPE is coming."
And it will be a convertible (Hooray!) and a two-seater (Hooray!) and it will, of course, be all-aluminium.
So, definitely one for the purist; especially as the range of petrol engines will include a new powerplant family. (Not too sure what that is, but boy, does it sound fast!)
And it was this week that the F-TYPE moved to final on-road testing to continue Jaguar’s renowned rigorous testing techniques as the prototypes leave Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant, where the actual cars will be built too!
Ian Hoban, Jaguar's Vehicle Line Director said: "The engineering development of the F-TYPE has focused on delivering a heightened level of dynamic driving reward. We are excited about our progress to date and are looking forward to soon being able to demonstrate what we have achieved."
It looks like another classic will be joining the existing list of beauty that is a list of Jaguar cars as well as being added to a list of future builds that already includes the XF saloon and Sportbrake, XJ saloon and XK coupe/convertible.
But, for now it is a mystery. We know its name and we have some idea of what it looks like, but full specifications are not available until later this year – and then the bunfight will begin.
Ian Callum, Director of Design, said: "A true sports car needs to be pure in both its purpose and its form; to have the opportunity to produce such a car for Jaguar has been a privilege both for myself and for my team. The C-type, D-type and E-type Jaguars were all sports cars that held true to this principle in their era, and the F-TYPE will hold true to that same principle in its time, a time that is soon to arrive."
Available mid 2013. The long wait begins.