New Jags are rare. New Jags designed to point toward the future rather than the past are rarer still. And new Jags with just two seats were essentially extinct – until now. The 2014 Jaguar F-Type, a two-seater capable of accelerating to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and achieving a maximum velocity of 186 mph, debuted in France in advance of the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
Three models will be available: V6, S, and V8 S, each equipped with a specific engine. The F-Type V6 and F-Type S get supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engines, with 340 and 380 horsepower, respectively. The F-Type V8 S has a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 cranking 495 horses to the rear wheels. Launch control is standard.
An 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, Corner Recognition technology, and downshift rev matching is the only one offered. The new F-Type also includes Intelligent Stop/Start to boost fuel economy, and the S V8 model is equipped with the biggest brake discs ever fitted to a Jaguar. Wheel sizes range from 18 to 20 inches.
The F-Type’s soft-top includes a layer of Thinsulate material to retain cabin warmth and repel racket from outside of the car. Jaguar says it drops in 12 seconds and at speeds of up to 30 mph.
On sale in time for next summer, the 2014 Jaguar F-Type will reportedly start at less than 70 grand.