Jaguar’s newest model line, due to challenge Porsche’s 911 and Boxster, will be unveiled at next month’s Paris Motor Show on 27th September.
The F-Type will be launched as a convertible with a choice of three petrol engines, 335bhp and 375bhp versions of Jaguar’s all-new 3.0-litre supercharged V6, and a new derivative of its existing supercharged 5.0-litre V8 with more than 400bhp.
All variants will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission and will be equipped with Stop/Start technology to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Following the F-Type’s ‘camouflaged’ public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, testing has continued in some of the harshest environments in the world.
Much of the F-Type’s development has been carried out ‘virtually’ in the lab, generating 300TB of data from over 10-million CPU hours of processing. Jaguar is an industry leader in virtual testing, a process which saves the company considerable time and money as well as ensuring a higher quality product for the customer.
With much of the reliability and durability testing complete, Jaguar’s engineers are currently concentrating on honing the performance of the physical prototypes, ensuring the production F-Type is not just a great sports car, but also an exceptional one.