Jaguar F-Type coupe

8 Jul, 2013 3:01pm Tom Phillips

Spy pictures of the Jaguar F-Type coupe show how close the production car will be to C-X16 concept

The Jaguar F-Type coupe has gone transatlantic. We first spied the car testing outside Jaguar's Gaydon HQ back in May. But now Auto Express reader, Johnny Creidi, has snapped these pictures of US and UK-registered V8-powered F-Type coupes in Manhattan.

He told us he'd just watched this weekend's German Formula 1 Grand Prix in a bar in town, and spotted the car moving slowly on the road outside - just enough time to snap these close-up pictures.

As before, despite the camouflage - which includes a two-tone roof - there’s no mistaking this prototype for anything other than the hard-top version of Jaguar’s latest sports car.

The new model bears a very close resemblance to the C-X16 concept first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2011, including the swoopy roof, which curves down towards the car’s tail.

The coupe is expected to make its debut in mid-2014. A Jaguar spokesman told us that there are “no plans to change anything about the current [convertible] F-Type line-up for at least the car’s first year on sale.”

The first customer F-Type Roadster models left the firm’s Castle Bromwich factory on 9 May, implying that the coupe could be on-sale here by next summer.

He added that no decision has yet been made on whether the F-Type coupe will cost less than the convertible – as with the current XK models – or more, following Porsche’s pricing strategy with the Boxster and Cayman.

The F-Type coupe is expected to use the same engine line-up as the convertible – with two 3.0-litre V6s and a V8 range-topper to choose from at first. However, the stiffer coupe body is better suited to even higher performance applications, so expect F-Type R and RS coupe models to be added later in the car’s life.