The 2014 Jaguar F-Type debuted at the Paris Auto Show in the latter part of 2012 and heads inevitably turned as Jaguar unleashed its first sports car in 50 years on an anticipating audience. The F-Type obviously draws inspiration from the classic E-Type, especially in the front. The rear has more of a modern flare with slim taillights and a gleaming, centered exhaust. The lines connecting the retro front end with the more modern rear are sleek and smooth, not looking at all out of place. The interior of the F-Type is what really shows this car’s true colors. Unmistakably sports car with a driver-oriented cockpit, clear digital readouts and big knobs and buttons that somehow blend futuristic with retro in one clean sweep.
Jaguar Re-Enters the Sports Car Market
In a way, this car was a long time coming for Jaguar. The E-Type ended production in 1974 and rumors immediately began making the rounds that another sports car was coming.
1963 Jaguar Xk-E-Rodster
However, Jaguar did nothing to confirm them and continued building cars like the XJ220 and more recently the XKR-S. All classy cars, but big cars, and nothing that fits the true mold of a sports car. In 2000, an F-Type concept made an appearance at the Detroit auto show, hinting that perhaps Jaguar was coming back into the sports car market. In 2011, Auto blog Canada and others were buzzing about the C-X16 concept in Frankfurt. That car looked remarkably like the F-Type production model, which was finally announced in April of 2012.
The F-Type roadster will be the first to debut and it has both V-6 and V-8 engines available. Both engines are supercharged and there are two versions of the V-6. Power breakdowns are as follows. The base V-6 engine puts out 332 lb-feet of torque and produces 340 horsepower. The second V-6, or F-Type S, kicks it up to 380 horses and 339 lb-feet of torque. The V-8 is naturally the top dog model and it puts out a big 495 horsepower and a strong 460 lb-feet of torque. The initial release features an eight-speed automatic transmission to transfer all that power to the rear wheels, but a manual transmission is expected in the near future.
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