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Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
The Jaguar F-Type has been revealed in a dramatic unveiling on the eve of the Paris Motor Show. It is poised to return the British brand to the top of the sports car sector, taking on models such as the Porsche 911 in the process.



Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
How much will the Jaguar F-Type cost?
Prices for the 340hp Jaguar F-Type will start from £58,500. The 375hp F-Type S will cost from £67,500 and the 495hp F-Type V8 S will cost from £79,950. 

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Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
What is the Jaguar F-Type?
The Jaguar F-Type is a two-seater sports car that is effectively the 21st-century successor to the famous E-Type - considered by many to be the most beautiful car in the world. 


Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
How many models of F-Type will be available?
From launch, there will be three models: a 3.0-litre V6 S/C 340hp V6 F-Type, a 3.0-litre V6 S/C 375hp F-Type S and a 5.0-litre S/C 495hp F-Type V8 S. All will be convertible models - the coupe previewed by the 2011 C-X16 concept will follow later.


Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
What's the difference between V6 and V8 cars?
The exhaust tailpipes differentiate V6 and V8 cars. On V6s, there are twin central tailpipes while on V8s, there are four outboard-mounted exhausts like those on the XKR. The V8 also has a different rear valence, plus front vanes between the shark gills and flat side sill extensions - both designed to improve high-speed aerodynamics.


Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
How fast is the Jaguar F-Type?
The most potent F-Type will accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds and go on to a top speed of 186mph. But even the basic 340hp F-Type will reach 60mph in 5.1 seconds and go on to 161mph. This is a fast car - and all maximum speed figures are, interestingly, electronically limited. It could go even faster, then....


Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
What has Jaguar tried to achieve in the design of the F-Type?
'The F-Type isn't designed to be like anyone else's sports car,' said global brand director Adrian Hallmark. 'It's a Jaguar sports car - ultra-precise, powerful, sensual and, most of all, it feels alive.'


Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
What are the features of the Jaguar F-Type's styling?
Jaguar director of design Ian Callum says the F-Type's looks are defined by two 'heartlines', which form the front and rear wings. They set off a design that's described as well-proportioned, sinuous, muscular and intentionally simple. Callum says it will 'stand the test of time'.


Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
. What's special about the grille of the Jaguar F-Type?
The shape of the grille is inspired by the 2011 C-X16 concept car, and is a 21st century reinterpretation of the traditional Jaguar grille. Either side of it sit bold shark-like gills while the bonnet is a clamshell design with a prominent power bulge.


Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
What's special about the rear of the Jaguar F-Type?
Callum describes the rear 'heartline' as swelling out to form the rear haunches, then sweeping round a tail that's low and 'sensual'. Jaguar has been able to reduce the height of the rear deck by fitting an electronic rear spoiler. 


Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
What sort of convertible roof does the F-Type have?
Jaguar has fitted a traditional fabric roof because it is much lighter and simpler, while also lowering the car's centre of gravity. It can be raised and lowered at speeds of up to 30mph, taking 12 seconds per cycle, and has a Thinsulate lining for both thermal and noise insulation.


Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
What is special about the rear spoiler of the Jaguar F-Type?
The rear spoiler is an active pop-up device, which rises at 60mph and lowers again at 40mph. Jaguar says it cuts rear end lift by up to 120kg. 


Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
Why are the rear lights of the F-Type so dramatic?
The tail lights are a full LED design and wrap around the edge of the rear wheelarch. Their dramatic design underlines the powerful stance of the F-Type, says Callum


Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
15. Why does the Jaguar F-Type have such a purposeful stance?
Jaguar has shaped the grille so that it leans forward, while the rear end tucks inwards - this creates the impression that the F-Type is 'actively waiting to leap forward into action'.


Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
What has Jaguar tried to achieve inside the F-Type?
The cabin of the F-Type is designed to a 'one plus one' layout. This means it is asymmetric, wrapping around and heavily biased towards the driver. The differentiation even includes the use of materials with a more 'technical finish' on the driver's side. 


Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012 (© Jaguar)
What's special about the suspension of the Jaguar F-Type?
The suspension, like the chassis, is made entirely from aluminium. It has racing car-style double wishbones front and rear plus a fast steering rack. Jaguar says stiffness and rigidity has improved by more than 30% compared to any other Jaguar application. 


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