Jaguar F-Type will get a supercharged V8 but it will not be badged as the F-Type R

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 14, 2012

There are indications that the Jaguar F-type roadster would be available with a better performance. Jaguar decided that the range will get a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine. However, the first version won’t be badged as the F-type R. No less than Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark has hinted about this move since there is a gap in the range to go higher on the performance scale.

The first engine to be launched for the F-type would be a new supercharged 3.0-litre V6 with 375bhp and 332lb ft. It is possible that from launch, the supercharged V8 will be offered.

However, it’s believed that Jaguar wants to spread out the launch of various F-type versions so that the interest in the model would be sustained at a high level, according to Autocar. The V8 versions were spied being tested beside those of the V6. The V8 can be easily recognized due to its quad exhaust pipes since dual pipes are used on the V6. It’s not yet known what the power of the blown V8 would be like in the F-type.

When used in the XF, XJ and XK, the engine would take on the 503bhp form. However, Jaguar isn’t expected to give a very high figure to the F-type at the start so that there would be a gap between it and the larger XK.

This would also enable Jaguar to get an engine with a higher state of tune in an R-spec model at a later time. The XKR-S is so successful so it’s probable that an F-type R-S would soon be released to go up against the Porsche 911 GT3.

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