As expected, Jaguar brought to the 2012 LA Auto Show the F-Type Black Pack, a special package designed for its latest convertible that promises to make the car even more impressive. According to the press release, the Black Pack is available with Firesand, Ultimate Black, Polaris White, Italian Racing Red, Rhodium Silver and Satellite Grey body colours and just like its name says it, the vehicle features gloss black finishes on items such as the front grille surround, side power vents and roll hoops.
Inside, the Black Pack offers a flat-bottomed Sports steering wheel with black trim finisher, gloss black vent surrounds, new gloss black door switch surrounds and new gloss black instrument cluster dial rings.
Under the hood, the vehicle offers a choice of two engines, a V6 or a more powerful V8. The 3.0-liter V6 engine delivers 340 PS and pushes the F-Type from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.1 seconds (100 km/h in 5.2 seconds), all the way to a top speed electronically limited to 161mph (260km/h), while emitting just 209g/km of CO2.
V6 engine can deliver 380 PS on the F-Type S model and sprints from 0 to 60 mpg (96 km/h) in 4.8 seconds (100 km/h in 4.9 seconds), while the top speed is electronically limited to 171mph (275km/h).
The mighty 5.0-liter V8 engine found on the F-Type V8 S model delivers 495 PS and 625 Nm of torque. With these numbers, the car accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.2 seconds (100 km/h in 4.3 seconds) and has a top speed electronically limited to 186mph (300km/h).
There is a feature line which begins at the side vent and goes all the way to back and thus mirrors the sweeping line. When combined with the “lightcatcher” surface detailing, which is on top of the sill, the line is able to give the vehicle a sense of speed.
This same “lightcatcher” surface detailing is also able to have the door surface wrap the side of the vehicle resulting in what is known as a fuselage effect. There is however a second “heartline” which extends and shapes the muscular haunch in the rear after which it manages to sweep the vehicle’s rear section.
By adding in an active spoiler in the rear, it made it possible for the tail to have those sleek and clean lines. This is the spoiler that is active at a certain speed in order to lower the aerodynamic lift. Generally, what happens is that when the F-Type is able to reach 60 mph, the spoiler immediately extends. If the speed goes under 40 mph, the spoiler is lowered and is kept in the flush.
Additional features that help with the aerodynamics are the sculpted valance in the rear and the splitter in the front. The headlights meanwhile have been positioned vertically instead of the usual horizontal placement. This results in the eye naturally going up and along its fender crease. Jaguar reveals that in developing the design language of the F-Type, technology played an important role.
The compact xenon unit for example only makes use of a single projector. The model’s J-Blade LED running lights on the other hand are able to highlight the heartline’s design by running through its lamp. Jaguar’s Director of Design Ian Callum said that each feature of the sports car, in terms of dimension, enables the brand to make something that is exciting visually, something that is physical and at the same time visceral.
Callum added that for him, the design of a sports car should march the purpose. Thus, it should be able to wrap not only the occupants but also the mechanical aspect in a sensual, beautiful, and exciting way but not at the expense of any decorations or surfaces.
He continued by saying that each design should have its own story to tell and this is the reason why each and every line that is in the F-Type has a beginning, a direction, and an end. By approaching each of the line in an individual manner plus getting the dimensions and visuals correctly, he continued, the result will be a sports car that will truly stand the test of time.