Paris Motor Show Preview: 2013 Jaguar F-Type Convertible
After showing its latest sports car heavily disguised in camouflage, Jaguar will show off the production version of the F-Type Convertible at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Set to go up against the likes of the Porsche 911, the introduction of the all-new Jaguar F-Type will represent "a truly significant day in Jaguar's history" according to Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director of Jaguar. To get us all ready for its all-new sports car, Jaguar has released a short video and some promising details of this new model slotting in just below the sporty Jaguar XK.
Inspired by the sexy Jaguar C-X16 Concept, the new 2013 Jaguar F-Type will initially launch as a two-passenger roadster, but rumors indicate a coupe version is also in the works. Confirmed details about the production version of the Jaguar F-Type include two supercharged V-6 engines and a new version of Jaguar's supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 likely in an F-Type R model. The V-6 engine choices will deliver 340 hp and 380 hp, while it is unclear what kind of power the new V-8 will have on tap. The current supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 is available in three versions: 470 hp, 510 hp and 550 hp. After watching the video, the new Jaguar will have plenty of growl coming from its exhaust.
Other details about the car include a rear-wheel drive layout, an eight-speed automatic transmission and the use of stop/start technology (to help boost fuel economy and reduce exhaust emissions at idle).
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," said Hallmark. "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 2013 Jaguar F-Type Convertible will be officially unveiled on September 27 during the press days of the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and the show is open to the public September 29 through October 4.