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Jaguar F-Type will debut at Paris Motor Show [video]

The Jaguar F-Type will make its official debut on September 27 in Paris.

British automaker Jaguar has announced this week that on September 27 at the Paris Motor Show they'll unveil the F-Type which will be offered as a convertible model at launch. Customers will be able to choose from one of the following three gasoline engines: a new supercharged V6 3.0-liter unit with 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS) or 375 hp (280 kW / 380 PS) and also with a beefier supercharged V8 5.0-liter. We don't know the output of the latter, despite being previously confirmed, but chances are that it will output less than the 503 hp (375 kW / 510 PS) found under the hood of the superb XJ.

Jaguar says that the F-Type with the V8 engine will be capable of doing the 0-62 mph sprint in less than 5 seconds, en route to a top speed of more than 180 mph (289 km/h). Regardless of the engine choice, the horsepower of the F-Type will be sent to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic gearbox, while the engines will come fitted with the stop/start system.

More details available in the press release below.

 

The F-TYPE, Jaguar's all-new aluminium two-seater sports car, will make its global debut in production form at the Paris Motor Show on 27th September.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said: "The unveiling of the F-TYPE in Paris will be a truly significant day in Jaguar's history as it will mark the company's return to the sports car market, a market it originally helped to create.

"As its sporting forebears did in their era, the F-TYPE will break new ground by delivering stunning sports car performance while vividly demonstrating Jaguar's cutting-edge engineering technologies and world-class design excellence. The next step in Jaguar's sporting bloodline is about to become reality."

The F-TYPE will be launched as a convertible with a choice of three petrol engines: 340PS and 380PS versions of Jaguar's all-new 3.0-litre supercharged V6, and a new derivative of its existing supercharged 5.0-litre V8. All will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission and will be equipped with Stop/Start technology.

Prototype test programme

Following the F-TYPE's ‘camouflaged' public drive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June of this year, testing of the final verification prototypes has continued in some of the harshest environments in the world.

As its name suggests, this test programme is designed to verify the staggering amount of design work that was carried out by Jaguar's engineers in the ‘virtual world', a process in which the company is an industry leader.

More than half-a-million separate F-TYPE design analyses were carried out comprising 10-million CPU hours of processing, creating more than 300TB of data. Had that same amount of initial design analysis been completed on physical cars, the number of prototype F-TYPEs built would have filled the majority of the UK's motorway network bumper-to-bumper.

The result of all that ‘virtual' design work is that Jaguar's engineers are currently concentrating on honing the performance of the physical verification prototypes, to ensure the production F-TYPE delivers truly focused sports car driving reward.

Said Ian Hoban, Jaguar's Vehicle Line Director: "When you are working on a Jaguar sports car the expectations of the world are huge. We're really pleased how the attributes have translated from the virtual simulation work we've done into the physical world.

"Now, we're refining and adding those last few percentage points - that true element of honing which the Jaguar test team are delivering - which will turn a great sports car into an exceptional one."

 

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