JAGUAR F-TYPE CONFIRMED FOR PARIS
Just couldn't wait for Geneva, eh chaps?
Oh, forget it. Especially since the F-Type is mooted to appear as a convertible first, whereas a last minute decision saw a switch to the coupé for the original E-Type reveal. Given Ian Callum has already stated that modern Jaguar is doing its own thing here, we probably won't be seeing any shipping crates, either...*
Anyway, before this descends too far into the depths of pointless geekery let's talk engines. Meaty, supercharged, multi-cylinder engines.
all-new 3.0-litre petrol V6 - with a supercharger. It will come in 340hp and 380hp guises.
That's obviously not enough to be irritating the Porsche Cayman with, however, so Jaguar is also dropping in a revised version of its supercharged 5.0-litre V8. 500hp ought to be enough.
Every motor feeds the rear wheels via an eight-speed gearbox. The nod to eco consciousness comes from the standard stop-start system.
As well as all the physical testing, Jaguar is playing up the virtual evaluation - suggesting no fewer than half a million parameters have been digitally assessed. Gladly the fine-tuning is firmly fixed in the real world, with the chassis engineers aiming for not just "great" but "exceptional".
We'll soon see.