Jaguar F-Type at Paris 2012

27 Sep, 2012 6:34pm

Watch our video of the newly unveiled Jaguar F-Type which made its world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

The eagerly anticipated Jaguar F-Type sports car has finally made its in-the-metal debut at the Paris Motor Show.

The £60k Jaguar F-Type, which will go on sale early next year, has managed to carry over much of the looks of the dramatic C-X16 concept car.

At the front there’s a rounded-rectangle grille that echoes the rest of the Jaguar range, while the bulge in the bonnet and vertically stacked lights are straight from the C-X16.

Slim E-Type-style lights dominate the rear for the F-Type, and a pop-up spoiler raises at 60mph to reveal the Jaguar name displayed prominently on it.

Power for the 1,597kg Jaguar F-Type comes from a 335bhp or 375bhp 3.0-litre supercharged V6, while a 488bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8 tops the range. The V8 will top out at 186mph and can go from 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds.

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The video goes on and on how Jaguar wants "keen" drivers..... but as it is at least 200 kgs more than the Porsche competition I think more "poseurs" than drivers will hanker after this car. It looks good but there is not much unique about it. I keep seeing other cars as seen from different angles, i.e. maserati ....etc.

You really would wonder about the target audience if this car is out of the blocks, [no manual box], 200 kgs heavier than the competition, and the car is supposed to have big gobs of aluminium in it. There must also be a 'stupid sized' wheel option, to properly fill the wheel arches. Sitting on those completely boring 5 spoke rims and rubber band tyres the car looks quite ill-proportioned. The right sized wheels to fill the arches would then make the car look cartoonish. I dont understand the amateurish concept of one size fits all design. Might be fine for bits you cant see, but if you cut a wheel arch for a 21" wheel/tyre, a standard 18" is going to look stupid. As this car does. Shame Jaguar