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.
Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, quipped that every aspect of a sports car – dimensionally -- allows designers to create a vehicle that is exciting both in form and in actuality. He defines sports car design as being fit for purpose, something that wraps up its passengers and mechanicals in the most beautiful and sensual package possible, sans any unneeded decorations.
Callum added that since a piece of design should be able tell a story, every line in the new Jaguar F-Type has a start, a direction and a conclusion. He noted that by approaching every line individually and getting them as aesthetically correct as possible while getting the dimensions right, the design of the vehicle would be able to stand the test of time.
Instead of a horizontal orientation, the headlights are aligned vertically, thereby directing attention up and along the fender crease. Since the Jaguar F-Type employs a compact xenon unit, only one projector was required. Likewise, the car’s J-Blade LED running lights help underscore the design of the heartline flowing through the lamp.
Meanwhile, the grille of the F-Type leans a bit to the front, a styling that makes the car seemingly moving even though it is on a standstill. The lower edge of the clamshell hood serves as the top section of the side vent. Meanwhile, the grille’s mesh and side vents are provided with a hexagonal design.
On the other hand, the F-Type feature door handles that are elegantly concealed but appears when needed. These handles stay flush with the door panel, but deploys once the car is unlocked through the key fob or a touch-sensitive area of the handle is touched. Once deployed, the handles provide a mechanical "handshake," thereby inviting its supposed occupants to enter. These handles retract once the F-Type starts moving.