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

Article by Christian A., 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.

Jaguar cars have always been a symbol of a curvy, masculine persona, and the F-Type pushes this tradition forward with their latest, assertive style language. Two "heartlines" outline, in plain bold strokes, the top-down look and the profile of the Jaguar F-Type. The primary "heartline" theme starts in the blade dividing the shark-like gills on both sides of the grille.

The first heartline flows up and creates the sharp crease at the top of the fender line, which gives sight lines that help the driver in cutting corners. It ushers the eye along the peak of the front fender, which is accentuated by the design of the headlight, and then to the door and through the back of the vehicle where it fades gracefully.

This thorough line is reflected by the feature line that flows back from the side vent. Together with the "lightcatcher" surface detailing on top of the sill, the line projects a feel of speed to the vehicle. The lightcatcher surface detailing also makes room for the door surface to embrace the side of the car, producing a fuselage effect.

The other "heartline" comes out to outline the masculine back haunch before flowing dramatically through the car's rear. The neat, elegant lines of the tail are made possible partly because of the addition of an active back spoiler that automatically functions at speed to cut down aerodynamic lift. The spoiler moves up when the F-Type achieves a speed of 60 mph and then moves down to fit flush when the speed is reduced to below 40 mph. Other hidden aerodynamic aids are the sculpted rear valance and the front splitter.

The headlamps flow vertically instead of horizontally, which directs the vision effortlessly upward and on to the fender crease. Innovation has defined the style language of the Jaguar F-Type; the compact xenon unit only needs one projector. On the other hand, the J-Blade LED running lights showcase the style of the heartline flowing through the lamp.

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