Jaguar has announced the pricing for its new F-type two-seat convertible. The Jaguar F-type will carry a starting price of EUR73,400 ($94,930) in Germany. Jaguar’s vehicle will cost more than the Porsche Boxster S two-seat convertible at EUR59,120 and the cheapest Porsche 911 at EUR88,037.
The Jaguar F-Type is part of its model offensive designed to plug in the gap in sales between the carmaker and its German premium rivals. Topping the F-Type range is the flagship V8 S, which is targeted to compete against the Porsche 911 Carrera S. The F-Type V8 S is powered by 5.0-liter supercharged engine that provides up to 495hp of output, allowing the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 300km/h, compared to 4.4 seconds for the Porsche coupe.
The base F-Type is powered by a 340hp 3-liter V6 supercharged gasoline engine that allows the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds. In mid-range is the EUR84,900 F-type S that is powered by the same V6 engine but with higher power at 380hp. Jaguar will start selling the F-Type, its fourth and smallest model, next spring. According to Jaguar, the F-type features the most advanced rehearsal of its aluminum architecture.
The carmaker extended the use of the lightweight metal to the front sub-frame, the double wishbone front and rear suspension and the steering rack. The core body-in-white of the F-Type weighs around 261 kg. The lightest F-Type V6 version weighs around 1,597kg. Although much weight is reduced thanks to the aluminum structure, the F-Type is still heavier than the 1,470-kg Porsche 911 Cabriolet and the 1,380-kg Boxster.
To make the F-Type more fun to drive, Jaguar endowed both S models with a mechanical limited slip differential, giving the V8 S an electronically controlled active version that distributes torque to the wheel with the best grip. Both S models are also installed with Jaguar's Adaptive Dynamics, which automatically changes the damper setting depending on how the vehicles are driven.
All F-Type models fitted with eight-speed automatic transmission with manual operation via paddles. The models are also endowed with Corner Recognition system, which means the gear ratio is held in the curves until the vehicle reaches straight road.
The F-Type features a design that mirrors Jaguar vehicles of past, with E-type coupe and roadster styling retained through the slim, horizontal mounted rear lights and the twin central tailpipes of the V6 versions. The modern look of the F-Type stays faithful to the styling of the C-X16 coupe concept that previewed the car at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show.