Jaguar has received over than 2,000 pre-orders for the 2014 Jaguar F-Type roadster, which goes on sale in 2013, according to a report from What Car?. This is a considerable figure. Jaguar’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark told What Car? that as soon as full production begins, it anticipates to sell 10,000 F-Types each year in the U.K. It also hopes to sell between 6000 and 7000 in 2013.
The official sales targets for the markets in the U.S. haven’t been released yet but it’s believed to be lower than the 10,000 expected for Britain. In the first 10 months of 2012, Jaguar has sold only 10,249 cars between its XF, XJ, and XK model lines.
Jaguar is aiming to have the 2014 Jaguar F-Type roadster compete with the Porsche 911 (with sales of 7244 units) and Boxster (2052 units), and Mercedes-Benz SLK (3723 units) in the U.S. until October 2012.
Notably, the Boxster and the SLK have lower base prices than the Jaguar roadster, which is priced from $69,000. The Porsche Boxster has a starting price of $50,450 while the six-cylinder Mercedes SLK350 is sold for $56,305. On the other hand, the Porsche 911 costs about $14,050 higher than the base F-Type. These prices include destination costs.
2014 F-Type will be available with three different powertrains: two six-cylinders and one eight-cylinder. The base F-Type model uses a supercharged V-6 that delivers 340 hp. The F-Type S offers 40 hp higher while the top-of-the-line F-Type V8 S produces 495 hp from a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. These three powertrain options distribute power to the rear wheels with the use of an eight-speed automatic.
The feature line running from the side vent mirrors this sloping line. A feeling of speed is instilled with the lightcatcher surface detail over the sill. This surface detail also creates a fuselage look by allowing the door surface to surround the car’s side.
The second heartline undulates out, forming muscles in the rear haunch before intensely sweeping around the car’s rear. The fresh, smooth tail lines are possible partially by the active rear spoiler that activates to reduce lift at speed. It lifts when the vehicle reaches 60 mph and then drops to a flush fit at less than 40 mph. Other subtle aids to aerodynamics are a front splitter and a sculptured rear valance.
Each sport car aspect, proportionately, lets Jaguar create visual excitement; primeval as well as corporal. Sports car design should fit its intent, surrounding occupants and mechanics in the most thrilling, attractive, and sensual way possible with no surface or adornment that is unnecessary. A design should provide a story. This is why every F-Type line has a beginning, a middle, and an end. When every individual line is as artistically correct as it can be and the proportions are just right, the vehicle will last through time.
The headlamps are vertical, not horizontal, naturally leading the eye up and across the fender. Technology has assisted the F-Type’s design; the compact xenon unit only needs one projector, and the J-Blade running LEDs further highlight the heartline design running within.