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RE: Paris 2012: F-Type, full details

RE: Paris 2012: F-Type, full details

Thursday 27th September 2012

Paris 2012: F-Type starts at £58k

Jaguar's E-Type for the 21st century is a great mix of speed, handling, sound - and value



Here's the long-awaited griff on Jaguar's F-Type - and with prices starting at £58,500, we reckon it's got all it needs to give the opposition a jolly good kicking.

Proper sports car, down to the noise and all
Proper sports car, down to the noise and all
As you'd expect from Jaguar, the two-seater, rear-wheel drive F-Type is all about the driving experience. That philosophy is reflected in both the cabin and the chassis, which Jaguar reckons is up to 30 per cent stiffer in key areas compared with any previous Jaguar.

The car comes in three versions, all petrol-powered and comprising two V6s and one V8. As in the XJ and XF, all three are supercharged. That means 340hp from the base 3.0-litre F-Type, 380hp-339lb/ft from the 3.0-litre F-Type S, and 495hp-461lb/ft from the 5.0-litre F-Type V8 S.

In the F-Type's lightweight aluminium body, that translates to 0-60 times of 5.1, 4.8 and 4.2 seconds respectively, and electronically-limited top speeds of 161mph, 171mph and 186mph. Just as impressive are the in-gear acceleration times. Driving through the close-ratio eight-speed 'Quickshift' transmission, the 50-75mph interval is covered in just 3.3 seconds - and that's in the 340hp model. The 380hp trims 0.2 seconds off that, while the V8 smashes it down to 2.5 seconds.

Everything's fast, steering included
Everything's fast, steering included
The steering rack is described as "quick", and limited-slip diffs are standard on both the S versions (mechanical in the V6, electronic in the V8). Aluminium features strongly, and not just in the body: double-wishbone suspension front and rear is made entirely of the stuff. An optional Configurable Dynamics programme on the S models allows the driver to tailor a number of dynamic features, including an Active Exhaust system that uses bypass valves in the rear section to give the aural benefits of a 'straight-through' system when pressing on - or all the time, if you select Dynamic Mode via the Jaguar Drive controller. An Intake Feedback System overlays intake noise onto the scream of the supercharger.

If PHers had been invited to help design this car, it's unlikely they would have changed much. It's got "winner" stamped all over it.

"Fundamentally, a great sports car is one you'll look forward to driving because it's fun, and the F-Type definitely delivers on that score," says Jaguar's Chief Engineer (Vehicle Integrity) Mike Cross. "We've worked hard to make sure that responses to steering, throttle and brakes are absolutely immediate, a task made far easier by the rigid aluminium structure at the car's base.

"It's precise and exciting, a car that you'll want to drive for the sake of driving alone - and it sounds fantastic." It certainly does, and that's on paper!











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mrclav

Original Poster:

704 posts

142 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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That main picture is borderline sexual. Woweeee!!!!! Love this car.

tino2479

73 posts

63 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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Do not like the rear 3/4 view at all in the last photograph, maybe its the red body sandwiched between the black rag top and the black diffuser that makes it look... squashed?



Edited by tino2479 on Wednesday 26th September 19:39

dvance

605 posts

87 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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So what's the price tag going to be ?

Walton

329 posts

137 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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Who's been copying PR releases word for word again.....

"As you'd expect from Jaguar, the two-seater, rear-wheel drive F-Type is all about the driving experience. "

kbird

372 posts

126 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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No complaints here!!
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obscene

4,815 posts

104 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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WANT cloud9

Ved

3,633 posts

94 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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Jaguars will never ever look right in red. Looks quite nice though although the arse is a bit rough.

AndyJRB

35 posts

60 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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Looks nice, can't wait to see the photoshopped pics with a coupe roof. smile

Pickled

1,937 posts

62 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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Saw the disguised version on the M25 last month, even with the disguise on it still looked fantastic as it passed at high speed.

Looks very Italian (IMO) you could almost stick a Ferrari or Maserati badge on it.

framerateuk

2,284 posts

103 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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Looks great. Saw one of these in camouflage going Eastbound on the M4 last month, even more impressed with the finished look!

philmots

4,394 posts

179 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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Winner. I'll have a V8 S please!

MonkeyMatt

5,700 posts

126 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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For some reason these pics look far better than the other F-Type thread!

DMC2

1,257 posts

130 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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Nobody seems to be mentioning weight yet?

RedTrident

7,842 posts

154 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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MonkeyMatt said:
For some reason these pics look far better than the other F-Type thread!
+1 Still think the front bumper is too fussy though. Looking forward to the reviews.

kiteless

8,004 posts

123 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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That rear end design is fantastic.

In fact I love the way the rear 3/4 of the car flares and tapers just so.

I just hope the dynamics are just as good, but so far it's a whole lot of wantage from behind this keyboard.




FarmerJim

338 posts

78 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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Looks like it is going to be a legend in its own lifetime. They won't be able to make enough of them.

PhilJames

232 posts

112 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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Perfect, what's not to like about this. Seems like they nailed it, hope it's not just marketing spin.

mwstewart

4,653 posts

107 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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What a beautiful car.

Matt Bird

847 posts

124 months

PH Reportery Lad

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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Possibly the first Jag I've ever really wanted. 380hp V6 in BRG please.

jackal

11,191 posts

201 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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will sell like hot cakes