Powerful, agile and distinctive, F-TYPE is a true Jaguar sports car, engineered for high performance and instantaneously responsive handling – the latest in a distinguished bloodline. Supercharged engines, lightweight aluminium body construction and advanced driving technologies deliver an experience that is intuitive, instinctive and alive.
There are three models in the F-TYPE range. Each offers its own distinctive flavour and characteristics, while all are equally at home on the switchback of a mountain pass, on the highway or in the city.
F-TYPE is designed to deliver pure driving pleasure.
F-TYPE S adds greater power and an increased range of sophisticated driving technologies.
F-TYPE V8 S provides towering performance and even greater levels of dynamic ability and control.
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F-TYPE’s beating heart is supercharged. Power is delivered from a range of three highly advanced engines – 3.0 V6 340PS, 3.0 V6 380PS and 5.0 V8 495PS. Each features a Roots-type twin vortex supercharger mounted on the ‘V’ of the engine to maintain its compact dimensions. Jaguar is a leader in Supercharged induction technology – it provides a linear delivery of performance and high levels of torque at all engine speeds, minimising the gap between the driver’s demand for power and the engine’s response.
F-TYPE roars right from its heart. Its Sports Exhaust growls powerfully from start up building to a race-car inspired crescendo. An Active Sports Exhaust – standard on F-TYPE S and optional on F-TYPE – uses active bypass valves to allow exhaust gases to exit more directly for a deep, dramatic sound. A Switchable Active Exhaust, allowing manual control of the system, is available on every model.
F-TYPE’s Quickshift transmission is both lightning-fast and superbly refined. Using eight closely-spaced gears, the engine is kept in its most effective rev range to deliver optimum power and torque at all speeds. The selectable Dynamic Mode adds adrenaline to your drive by altering the throttle response and gearshift programmes to further emphasise the car’s sporting character.
F-TYPE’s lightweight aluminium body structure with high torsional rigidity is the ideal platform for a convertible sports car, and is fundamental to the way it performs, handles and feels. This strong, stiff structure provides an inherently stable platform for precise, agile handling and is the perfect complement to the high-performance engine range. Together they produce exceptional power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios – the real world measures of sports car performance.
Balanced and capable, F-TYPE’s exceptional handling starts with its physics. Its centre of gravity is as low as possible. Its even weight distribution has been meticulously engineered, right down to the locating of the battery and washer bottle at the rear. Length defines a car’s agility, its width affects stability. F-TYPE’s 4,470mm by 1,923mm dimensions have been precisely engineered to optimise its outstanding driving dynamics.At one with the car, the wheel and the road – you and F-TYPE connect from the moment the start button is pressed and the engine roars into life. The driver-focused interior combines intuitive technologies and functional ergonomics with a unique sporting style.
The two-seat convertible is slotted below the current XK coupe and convertible, though it shares its aluminum construction techniques. The shared heritage isn’t as clear at first glance, since the F-Type ushers in some new design themes for Jaguar. It sports a high front end–in part to handle European crash regulations–and LED front lighting, with some strong influences of Maserati and Corvettes from the past. The taillamps are also LEDs, and they’re the thinnest possible shapes that could be made, Jaguar says.
The cockpit has a driver-oriented theme, with the passenger given a grab handle–a strong visual cue to the F-Type’s dynamic intentions. There’s a big LCD screen for infotainment displays, but a set of rotary knobs control some secondary functions. Not everything’s been steered off into touchscreen interfaces.The Jaguar F-Type will be offered with three engines at launch. Two are supercharged V-6s, both 3.0-liter units, one with 340 horsepower, the other with 380 hp. In its slowest form, the F-Type will accelerate to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. But with the top-level 5.0-liter V-8 with supercharging and 495 horsepower, it’s capable of 4.2-second 0-60 mph times and a top speed of 186 mph.
All versions are rear-wheel drive, and all sport an eight-speed automatic transmission with rev matching and paddle controls. A manual transmission could be in the works, though, as a turbo four-cylinder model is also rumored. Stop/start is standard, and active exhaust is available on the top two models.
A bit larger than the intended competition of SLK, Boxster, and Z4, the Jaguar F-Type is about 176 inches long, riding on a wheelbase of 103.2 inches. Curb weight of about 3500 pounds is kept low with aluminum construction down to the suspension level–it’s all independent, and steering is electric, and there’s an adaptive suspension available so that all the F-Type’s responses can be controlled from a comfort mode to a sport mode.
The convertible top is power-operated, but it’s lined in Thinsulate, and folds in such a way that no tonneau cover is needed. (It also lowers or rises into place in 12 seconds, at speeds of up to 30 mph, Jaguar notes.) For now, the F-Type is only a convertible, but a coupe version is considered a certain addition.
Finally, luxury features won’t be left off the sportscar’s menu just to save a few ounces–not if the well-heeled buyer wants them. Power sport seats will have manual fore/aft adjustments to save weight, but upgraded “Performance” seats will be an option, as will full power adjustment. Audio systems will come from Meridian, with either 10 or 12 speakers, and either 380 or 770 watts of power.The 2014 Jaguar F-Type goes on sale in the U.S. in May 2013. The base 340-hp supercharged V-6 model will be priced from around $69,000; the 380-hp supercharged six, from around $81,000; and the V-8 sportscar, from about $92,000. A wide range of personalization options will also be available.Demand for the car has already proven high, with more than 2,000 orders placed within weeks of its debut. Jaguar is hyping the car, too, with celebrity appearances and pro racing driver tests.