The new F-TYPE driven by Britain’s heptathlon golden girl, Jessica Ennis, made its dynamic premiere this weekend in front of a half-million spectators at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show in London.
The F-TYPE was accompanied by two very famous E-Types; Chassis No. 4 (1600RW) which was the fourth E-Type to leave the production line and the first one to be sold to a customer, and Chassis No. 24 also known as the “Daily Mail” E-Type, which was one of two cars that the newspaper gave away in a competition it ran in 1961 to win “the most wanted car in the world”.
Both E-Types were provided by Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth, one of the world’s leading Jaguar restoration companies.
Ennis, who is the Jaguar Academy of Sports Ambassador, received a rapturous reception from the crowds and was overwhelmed by how many people turned out to watch the procession.
The F-TYPE was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September, and is due to go on sale in early-Summer, 2013.
There will be three variants available at launch – F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and F-TYPE V8 S. Each is distinguished by the power output of its supercharged petrol engine with all engines featuring stop/start technology to maximise efficiency.
The F-TYPE and F-TYPE S will be powered by a completely new 3.0-litre V6 engine, derived from Jaguar’s 5.0-litre V8. It’s available in either 335bhp or 375bhp variants. Top of the range is the F-TYPE V8 S, powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 producing 488bhp and 625Nm of torque.
The 335bhp V6 starts at £58,500 in the UK, rising to £67,500 for the F-TYPE S, with the 488bhp V8 S coming in at £79,950.
Image credits: Jaguar Academy of Sport, Alister Thorpe.