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Jaguar re-enters the pure sports car realm with the 2014 F-Type, an homage to the spirit of its legendary D- and E-Type sports cars.
What's New for 2014
The 2014 Jaguar F-Type is an all-new model.
Jaguar of today is known best for its refined grand touring coupes and luxury sedans. But there was a time during the decades following WWII that Jaguar was building some of the world's most desirable sports cars, including the XK120 and iconic E-Type. For 2014, Jaguar is hoping to rekindle some of that spirit with the new F-Type, a forthcoming pure-bred sports car that is meant to challenge the best that BMW, Mercedes and Porsche offer in the same class.
Based on the C-X16 concept shown last year (and as part of other Jaguar concepts dating back five or more years), the two-seat 2014 Jaguar F-Type will offer three engine choices. The base engine will likely be a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 generating 340 horsepower, while the step above that is a 380-hp version. A new derivative of Jaguar's supercharged 5.0-liter V8 is the top choice, an engine capable of up to 542 hp in its current form. An eight-speed automatic transmission is expected on all three engines. Jaguar estimates the F-Type will go from zero to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and on to a top speed of at least 180 mph, but didn't specify whether that's under V6 or V8 power.
The F-Type is based on a shortened version of the Jaguar XK aluminum platform, and will initially arrive as a soft-top convertible. Later Jaguar will also offer a coupe and high-performance R edition. Familiar cues will likely include the trapezoidal grille, a clamshell hood, carbon-fiber front splitter and side sills, and 20-inch wheels. Inside, expect the full complement of Jaguar technology wrapped in a clean, minimalist dash interface with a multimode rotary dial and central touchscreen.
The 2014 Jaguar F-Type is expected to go on sale in mid-2013, and we'll know more about it when it debuts this September at the Paris auto show. Jaguar has not announced pricing, but something in the $70,000 range seems most probable. Check back for a full review, including driving impressions, specs and buying advice, as it becomes available.