At first, there was the C-Type, and then came the D-Type, and few years later the E-Type. Among these three cars, the E-type was the most manufactures. A total of 70,000 E-types were produced between 1961 and 1974. Now, more than four decades later Jaguar has brought out a new car to keeping the previous cars in mind. They have named it the F-type, sticking to its sporting heritage. It falls into the same segment as the Mercedes Benz SLK, the BMW Z4 and the Porsche Boxster.
The F-type is an all-aluminium twin-seater, rear-drive convertible. It is stunning to look at, with those nice lines it is a real competition to other cars in the segment. The rear, arguably is meaner with those horizontal tail lamps, it sure will deter people from messing with jag on the road. It also has a deployable rear spoiler. The length of the car is a bit smaller than the 911, but is a bit wider. The interior is designed to be driver oriented. Jag has continued with its no-wood policy like on the E-type (the only wood used in the E-type was the steering wheel).
The car comes in three trims, F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type V8 S with any one of three powertrains, a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (380 hp / 339 lb-ft.), or a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 (495 hp / 460 lb-ft). It has an eight-speed automatic, with paddles and a more conventional gearshift lever. The top V8 S does 0-60 in 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 186mph. The mid-level V6 S does 0-60 in 4.8 seconds and max 171 mph, while the base F-Type still does the 0- 60 in 5.1 seconds and hits a max of 161-mph.
The car is expected to be priced around $69,000 in the US. A coupé version is rumored. The car goes into production in 2013.
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