There are reports that Jaguar will follow the release this year of the all-new 2014 F-Type roadster with a hardcore road racer. Autocar said that Jaguar’s top officials are considering a plan to offer a top-of-the-line F-Type that could deliver roughly 600 hp. The specs of this car are not too outlandish. In fact, the regular F-Type produces the 495-hp version of the brand’s 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine, which is available in 510- and 550-hp versions and may even be tweaked to be more powerful.
Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark pointed to the possibility of getting an even higher output from the 5.0-liter.
He said that supercharging can be raised further but they’ve learned that driveability has to always come before brute force. He explained that 550 hp is enough for majority of people so the key really is to get the traction to use the power. He added that Jaguar will be producing more limited-run cars after the launch of the race-inspired XKR-S GT.
He said that the company doesn’t expect monumental profits from making 30 to 50 exclusive GTs but it hopes to gain knowledge from these projects.
Production of the hottest F-Type model isn’t likely to start until 2016 at the earliest. However, it’s possible that Jaguar will unveil a model or two at this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s believed that the XFR-S will have a GT model comparable to the XKR-S. There are also reports that Jaguar is developing both F-Type R and R-S models, which could be powered by the 550-hp 5.0-liter.