Ian Callum talks F-Type coupe


Jaguar F-Type designer Ian Callum has raised the tempting possibility that the hot R version of the stunning new roadster could in fact be a coupe. Bit like how BMW's M division created the wild breadvan tintop variant of the Z3 M.

C-X16 coupe previewed F-Type, hints at coupe
C-X16 coupe previewed F-Type, hints at coupe
In fact, he's so bullish about the F-Type that he told PistonHeads it could spawn a sub-brand within Jaguar with all manner of variants.

He's pretty certain the coupe is a given. "There is definitely a business case to do a coupe, that decision will be made quite soon," he told us.

Then we got talking about a hot R version - might that be the coupe? "It could well be," he said. He wouldn't discuss engines, but the R version would have to borrow the 550hp engine from the XKR-S, given that the standard V8 S F-Type with 495hp already comes close to the XKR output. Probably wouldn't be far off in price either with standard V8 S costing £79,950.

Callum has big plans for the aluminium-bodied two seater. "Personally I think we'd be mad not to turn this car into something more. It's going to end up almost its own brand, the F-Type brand," he told us in an interview.

A hardcore 550hp coupe version? Yes please!
A hardcore 550hp coupe version? Yes please!
"We can work on having a portfolio [of models]. We'll do that," he said. Suggestion of a shooting brake results in him making a face, but he says "who knows?"

Interestingly the coupe concept seen at the Frankfurt show last year came after the convertible. "That was an F-Type with a fastback," he told us. "We'd already finished F-Type. I said to the design team, if we were to do a coupe, what would it look like, so we put a model together."

Engineers working on any R version would welcome a coupe shape, much like Z3 M lead engineer Burkhard Goschel wanted it for the BMW - the fixed roof makes it that much stiffer.

It may even allow Jaguar to remove some of the weight too, a good thing given that the entry V6 weighs almost 1,600kg. Whether that matters at all depends entirely on what it's like to drive. It SHOULD be brilliant. Fingers crossed.

 

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  • DJRC 12 Oct 2012

    HighwayStar said:
    DonkeyApple said:
    TVR learned in the mide/late 90s as customers deserted in droves to buy the new mass produced roadsters such as the Boxster, SLK etc that the simple reality is that no one really wants a 'real' sports car. People want something that looks like a sports car and has the marketing image of a sports car but in reality is no less practical or luxurious as a good saloon.

    For people who don't yet get this, the next time you go for a drive just count the number of 'real' sportscars you see. RS911s, Caterhams etc and compare that number to the number of conventional roadsters you see.

    Jaguar don't want to build something that very clearly no commercially viable group want.
    People do want real sports cars. Whether they like if or not most would acknowledge that the Boxster/Cayman is a real sports renowned for real thrills and enjoyment. The things is there are probably relatively few owners who are actually have any idea what they have underneath them and what it's really capable of. Most will of course appreciate that yeah, it's a Porsche, it's German, well engineered and lovely. The few that really drive know what they have.
    TVR's may have been a real sports cars but how long can a company survive when comedy build quality & breaking down is supposed to be part of the character. That's why in the mide/late 90s customers deserted TVR in droves to buy the new mass produced roadsters such as the Boxster, SLK etc.
    Ironically anyone who wants a real drivers car isn't going to buy an SLK either. That's mostly bought because it's a Merc and the street theatre. So it's all down to whether the F-Type can provide true frills. If it can, a %age will be true enthusiast, if it doesn't it's be another car bought buy customers seduced by looks and simply think 'it's bloody fast' is having fun.
    I have no idea what your post is about because it contradicts itself at least 3 times when I can tell.

  • RuntyMuz 12 Oct 2012

    Absolutely stunning!

    ...but another bloody automatic!


    NO THANKS.

  • MSTRBKR 06 Oct 2012

    lardo said:
    spotted an F type yesterday at Strensham Services Northbound - 1 rather attractive blond (female obviously) driving a left hand drive on trade plates - with one rather old male passenger -dont know how relevant this post is other than its about the F type!!
    Was it without camo?

  • lardo 05 Oct 2012

    spotted an F type yesterday at Strensham Services Northbound - 1 rather attractive blond (female obviously) driving a left hand drive on trade plates - with one rather old male passenger -dont know how relevant this post is other than its about the F type!!

  • HighwayStar 05 Oct 2012

    DonkeyApple said:
    TVR learned in the mide/late 90s as customers deserted in droves to buy the new mass produced roadsters such as the Boxster, SLK etc that the simple reality is that no one really wants a 'real' sports car. People want something that looks like a sports car and has the marketing image of a sports car but in reality is no less practical or luxurious as a good saloon.

    For people who don't yet get this, the next time you go for a drive just count the number of 'real' sportscars you see. RS911s, Caterhams etc and compare that number to the number of conventional roadsters you see.

    Jaguar don't want to build something that very clearly no commercially viable group want.
    People do want real sports cars. Whether they like if or not most would acknowledge that the Boxster/Cayman is a real sports renowned for real thrills and enjoyment. The things is there are probably relatively few owners who are actually have any idea what they have underneath them and what it's really capable of. Most will of course appreciate that yeah, it's a Porsche, it's German, well engineered and lovely. The few that really drive know what they have.
    TVR's may have been a real sports cars but how long can a company survive when comedy build quality & breaking down is supposed to be part of the character. That's why in the mide/late 90s customers deserted TVR in droves to buy the new mass produced roadsters such as the Boxster, SLK etc.
    Ironically anyone who wants a real drivers car isn't going to buy an SLK either. That's mostly bought because it's a Merc and the street theatre. So it's all down to whether the F-Type can provide true frills. If it can, a %age will be true enthusiast, if it doesn't it's be another car bought buy customers seduced by looks and simply think 'it's bloody fast' is having fun.

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