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

Article by Christian A., 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.

The release of the new Jaguar F-Type signals a return to what the brand is all about. That is, a convertible two-seat sports car that puts attention on involving the driver as well as displaying agility and showing performance. Indeed, the new F-Type marks the continuation of a sporty heritage that goes as far back as 75 years. It includes models that have been considered as the most thrilling, most beautiful, and most sought-after sports cars ever made.

F-Type will not only become part of a brand that includes the coupe and convertible models of the XK, it is expected to give Jaguar a wider range when it comes to GT and sports models. For the 2014 Jaguar F-Type, it boasts of having a low weight with the lowest coming in at 3,521 lbs. Power is excellent with output measured at 340 hp, 380 hp, and a high of 495 hp.

Aerodynamics is just as superb and all of these combined give it that unadulterated sports car experience but continue to have the luxury and elegance Jaguar is associated with. Models that have been released by Jaguar have been known to have that muscular and graceful elegance. The new F-Type not only continues this heritage but even moves it forward with a more aggressive design language.

With the use of a pair of bold strokes, the two “heartlines” are able to define better not only the profile but also the top-down view of the model. For the main “heartline” theme, it starts in the blade which divides the shark-like gills that are the either side of its grille. This same “heartline” goes up and is the one that shapes the fender line’s sharp top crease.

This allows the driver to get that sight line which is important especially in cornering maneuvers. It puts focus on the top portion of the fender in the front and is highlighted by how the headlamp has been designed. After that the line goes to the door eventually going to the rear section where it disappears elegantly. Given that the F-Type is truly a genuine two-seat sports car, this latest offering from Jaguar comes fitted with the latest soft top which is lightweight as well.

When the top is lowered, it becomes its very own tonneau cover. Thus aside from helping lower the weight, it enhances the packaging. In addition, it helped lower the F-Type’s center of gravity allowing for better agility.

Further, the soft top can be lowered or raised within 12 seconds even as the model is running as fast as 30 mph. Implemented with a multi-layer construction, the top has a Thinsulate lining which optimizes the sound-insulating properties and maximizes the thermal qualities.

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