After all the waiting, leaked shots and teasers, Jaguar has finally taken the covers off of the new 2013 Jaguar F-TYPE, the first Jaguar two-seater in a half-century.
The new F-Type is the spiritual successor of the Jaguar E-Type, one of the world’s most legendary roadsters and now a much sought-after collectible around the world.
Built from an aluminum frame and body, the F-Type will be sold as a convertible only at first — although it’s clear there could be a coupe version following closely behind.
The new F-Type will be available with a choice of three engines: two 3.0L supercharged V6 engines delivering 340 hp and 380 hp and a V8. The model will feature an 8-speed auto gear box and Stop/Start technology.
The top-of-the-line V8 model goes from 0-60 mph (0-100km/h) in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph (300km/h). The V6 S model does the job in 4.8 seconds with a maximum speed of 171 mph (275/km/h), and the base F-Type still performs the sprint in 5.1 seconds with a 161 mph (260km/h) top speed.
The enveloping, ergonomic and luxurious cockpit incorporates a 10- or 12-speaker audio system, LCD instruments and available flat-bottom steering wheel.
Pricing starts at $69,875 for the 340-horsepower car, and ranges beyond $92,000 for an F-Type fitted with the V-8 engine.