Rumors of a smaller Jaguar sports car have been banded about since, well, at least the 90s, but now they’ve confirmed an all-new sports car is indeed on the way. The car, named the F-Type, is a strict two-seater with a strong focus on driver enjoyment. A range of different engines will be available in the new car – including a brand new powerplant lineage.
The Jaguar F-Type will be unveiled in production guise later this year. Part of the reason for the rapid development schedule was the overwhelmingly positive response the Jaguar C-X16 concept received a the Frankfurt Motor Show last year. And as you may have guessed, or read, the new F-Type is based on the C-X16?s design.
The Jaguar F-Type will feature an all-aluminium construction in order to keep the weight down and improve handling and performance. Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s Vehicle Line Director said of the car: “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.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, added: “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.”
Jaguar say more details and specifications on the F-Type will be made available later this year. Sales of the new F-Type are due to begin mid 2013.