2013 Jaguar F-Type configurator goes online

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 3, 2012

With Jaguar’s new online configurator, potential customers can consider various customization features on a Jaguar F-Type. The hot new convertible can be modified in so many ways. Jaguar’s configuration is not as intricate as Porsche’s but it has enough customization options to be highly interesting. The visitors to the web site could change the exterior metal and folding softtop colors.

They can also choose the wheel design (in 19″ or 20″). For the interior, Jag is offering optional sport seats with contrast stitching. Red can be selected to match the optional red seatbelts.

They can also choose from any of the two high-powered Meridian sound systems. But offering further music to the ears is the F-Type V8 S’ 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine (with an output of 490 hp). Jaguar’s 340-hp F-Type has a starting price of $69,000; the 380-hp F-Type S is priced from $81,000, and the 495-hp F-Type V8 S has a base price of $92,000. Adding a few options would easily make the F-Type cost $100,000 or more.

As Jaguar celebrates its return to top-performance convertible sports cars, the carmaker intends to offer three variants of the new Jaguar F-TYPE when it launches the model soon. Customers can choose between the F-TYPE, the F-TYPE S and the F-TYPE V8 S. The difference between the variants lies in the power output of its supercharged gasoline engine. All available engines are endowed with stop/start technology to maximize fuel efficiency.

The F-TYPE and F-TYPE S are powered by a new 3.0-liter V6 engine that was developed from Jaguar's 5.0-litre V8. The V6 for the F-TYPE develops a max output of 340PS to allow the variant to accelerate from zero to 60mph in 5.1 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds) and reach an electronically limited top speed of 161mph (260km/h). The F-TYPE V6 emits just 209 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

On the other hand, the V6 for the F-TYPE S provides up to 380PS in output, thereby enabling the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 60mph in 4.8 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds) and attain an electronically limited top speed of 171mph (275km/h), while emitting 213g/km of CO2. The F-TYPE V8 S, meanwhile, is powered by a newly developed V8 engine, as the name suggests. This V8 engine develops 495PS of output and 625Nm of torque and features a torque-to-weight ratio of 375Nm/ton.

The F-TYPE V8 S could sprint from zero to 60mph 4.2 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds) and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 186mph (300km/h. The F-TYPE V8 S emits 259 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. With this power and torque, new F-TYPE continues the company’s sporting bloodline dating back to over 75 years ago. At the core of the new Jaguar F-TYPE is the carmaker’s unprecedented expertise – across the auto industry – in using aluminum in vehicle construction.

Underpinning the new F-TYPE is the latest iteration of Jaguar rigid and lightweight aluminum architecture. This resulted to a vehicle with an ideal balanced weight distribution that allows it to optimally explore the potential of rear-wheel drive dynamics.

Through the extensive use of Computer Aided Engineering programs, the creation of the F-TYPE even led to the development of a new, lighter, aluminum front subframe.

To optimize the benefits of its advanced structure, the F-TYPE features all-aluminum double wishbone front and rear suspension, as well as a quick-ratio steering rack for outstanding responsiveness. The carmaker has optimized its aluminum architecture to provide the stiffest possible underpinnings for the suspension, resulting to rigidity gains of over 30 percent in key areas.

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