2012 LA Auto Show: Jaguar F-Type receives the Black Pack and a Firesand finish

Article by Christian A., on November 29, 2012

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.

Press Release

Two significant new Jaguars have made their debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show

The XFR-S saloon made its global debut at the Show. Unveiled by Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, the XFR-S is the fastest, most powerful and agile sports saloon Jaguar has ever built.


Developed by Jaguar Land Rover's specialist ETO division, the XFR-S features bespoke powertrain, chassis and body enhancements that enable it to push the performance boundaries. With 550PS from its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine driving through an eight-speed Quickshift transmission, the XFR-S is capable of reaching 60mph in just 4.4-seconds before going on to an electronically limited top speed of 186mph.

On unveiling the car Adrian Hallmark commented:"Sporting character is evident in all Jaguar saloons. In the XFR-S that character has been amplified, the result being a truly engaging car with a combination of technical innovation, assertive design and staggering performance that will satisfy the most demanding of drivers."

Making its North American debut at the show was the F-TYPE - Jaguar's all-new two-seater sports car. Seen for the first time with special-order Firesand paintwork and equipped with optional 'Design' and both exterior and interior 'black' packs, this individual F-TYPE - a V6 S model - demonstrates the range of personalisation options that are available for customers.

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, commented:"For me, good automotive design should be about creating excitement, so being here in LA to witness the positive reaction to both the XFR-S and F-TYPE - two highly distinctive performance cars - is very satisfying."

F-TYPE:Launched at this year's Paris Auto Show, the all-aluminium F-TYPErepresents a return to Jaguar's heartland: a two-seater, convertible sports car focused on performance, agility and driver involvement. Three models are available - F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and the F-TYPE V8 S. They are powered respectively by Jaguar's new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine in 340PS and 380PS outputs and its 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol producing 495PS.

The F-TYPE 'Design' pack features body-coloured side sill extensions, front aero splitter and a gloss black colour-keyed rear valance (V6 models only).

The exterior 'Black' pack is available with Firesand, Ultimate Black, Polaris White, Italian Racing Red, Rhodium Silver and Satellite Grey body colours and adds gloss black finishes to items including the front grille surround, side power vents and roll hoops (additions vary depending on the F-TYPE derivative).

The interior 'Black' pack adds a flat-bottomed Sports steering wheel with black trim finisher, gloss black vent surrounds, gloss black door switch surrounds and gloss black instrument cluster dial rings.
ETO: The XFR-S is the latest car developed by Jaguar Land Rover's specialist ETO division. The division is responsible for extending the Jaguar and Land Rover brands with a series of 'special edition' models as well as a range of personalisation options allowing owners to tailor their cars.

The designers and engineers in ETO work alongside the JLR Product Development teams on future products with a focus on offering additional luxury, performance and capability, exploring different facets of the brands' personalities. Previous Jaguar models developed by ETO include the XKR-S and the XJ Ultimate.

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