Jaguar not planning a hybrid version of the upcoming F-Type

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 13, 2012

A Jaguar F-Type coupe version will arrive 12 to 18 months after the launch of the Jaguar F-Type roadster sometime next year, according to a report by UK-based Auto Express. Jaguar suggests that this new model will be more of a driver’s car than a GT and would also have bigger dimensions than the XK, which had been its basis.

In an Auto Express interview, Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar global brand director, said that the F-Type’s importance to Jaguar is similar to how the 911 is to Porsche. He said that it isn’t just because it’s expected to sell in massive numbers but because it will make a change of how people respond to the brand.

Hallmark told Auto Express that this would be the “first true Jaguar sports car for more than 50 years.” The F-type was chosen because the C, D and E-Type have a reputation for being attractive models.

The full engine details have yet to be announced but the F-Type is likely to come with a V-6 displacing 3.0 liters. The naturally aspirated base engine has to deliver about 250 hp while a supercharged version won’t make up it about 375 hp.

Accelerating from zero to 60 mph is accomplished in less than 5 seconds with a top speed of around 180 mph. Hallmark said that getting the F-Type is like having the XKR-S as the base model.

The V-6 hybrid powertrain used in the Jaguar C-X16 concept car was on display at the Frankfurt auto show, but it appears that there are very small chances to see it on the streets. To lessen the weight, Jaguar has to build the car on a shortened version of the XK chassis with aluminum panels with a folding soft top. Design boss Ian Callum said that the production version will keep about 95% of the C-X16 concept car’s styling.

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