|Jaguar model code: X152
An all-new, front-engined, rear-wheel drive convertible two-seater, Jaguar sports car made its public debut at the Paris Auto Show on 27th September 2012.
3 variants will be available at launch:
340PS 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol, 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds, top speed -161mph (CO2 emissions 209g/km).
- F-TYPE S
380PS 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol, 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds, top speed – 171mph (CO2 emissions 213g/km).
- F-TYPE V8 S
495PS 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol, 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds, top speed – 186mph (CO2 emissions 259g/km). The newly developed V8 produces 625Nm of torque and in the F-type it has an astonishing torque-to-weight ratio of 375Nm/tonne.
Summary of features
- All engines drive through a ‘Quickshift’ transmission (a set of eight closely-spaced, sporting ratios) accessible from a centrally mounted SportShift selector which offers full manual sequential control, as do the steering wheel-mounted paddles!
- S models have a limited-slip differential – the V6’s mechanical and the V8’s electronic – to maximise traction and driver reward.
- The V6 S also includes a Dynamic Launch feature, which optimises acceleration from rest.
- S models have an ‘Active exhaust’ system (valves in the exhaust system open under load from 3000rpm which allows the exhaust note to build to a thrilling crescendo at the redline) plus an optional Configurable Dynamics programme, adding another dimension of driver-engagement whereby a number of the dynamic features can be tailored to personal taste. These include a lap timer and G-meter functionality
- All engines feature stop/start technology to maximise efficiency.
- Constructed around the 4th generation of Jaguar’s acclaimed lightweight aluminium architecture using industry-first technology giving an ideally balanced weight distribution that allows its involving rear-wheel drive dynamics to be explored to the full. Utilising extensive Computer Aided Engineering programmes, the attention to detail involved in the F-TYPE’s creation even extended to the development of a new, lighter, aluminium front subframe.
- Torsional and lateral stiffness have been prioritised to maximise handling agility. Around that rigid aluminium structure, every system – steering, brakes, powertrain – has been optimised for immediacy of response to driver inputs.
- All-aluminium double wishbone front and rear suspension systems provide precise body control, with adaptive damping adding a further layer of dynamic capability.
- F-type features newly established Jaguar styling cues taken from the C-X16.
- Bi-xenon headlamps and integral LED daytime running lights.
- Active rear spoiler which deploys at speed to reduce lift by up to 120kg.
- Full LED rear lamps create a new Jaguar sports car signature by reinterpreting classic cues from the past and, by wrapping around to the trailing edge of the rear wheelarch.
- Deployable exterior door handles.
- The focus on driver involvement and sporting performance is emphasised by the ‘one plus one’ layout of the asymmetric cabin, evidenced by the grab handle which sweeps down the centre console on the passenger side, delineating it from the driver’s position.
- Further differentiation is provided by the use of different trim materials either side of the cabin, with a more technical finish on the driver’s side.
- Taking inspiration from cockpits of fighter airplanes, controls are ergonomically grouped by function, and the SportShift selector is reminiscent of a joy-stick .
- Dash top air vents only deploy when instructed, staying tucked discreetly out of sight at all other times.
Picture and information courtesy of Jaguar Cars