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201422 Jul

jaguar f-type

 

WHEN: Aug-Sept 2013

HOW MUCH: Rs 60 - 75 lakh (estimated)

ENGINES: 340 PS Supercharged V6 petrol, 380 PS Supercharged V6 petrol, 495 PS Supercharged V8 petrol

COMPETITION: Porsche Boxster, BMW Z4, Mercedes SLK

 

There is much riding on the svelte shoulders of Jaguar’s new baby sportscar. The F-Type was revealed at the Paris Motor Show last year, where it was also announced that the car would be starring in a new movie. The pizzazz of Hollywood aside, the F-Type is key to Jaguar’s renaissance as a globally acclaimed car maker, and is a model which is tremendously close to the brand’s roots.

 

The weight of historical context is pertinent in the F-Type’s case, particularly as this model will be expected to capture the same emotion and drama as the venerable E-Type. Was sequencing the alphabet mere coincidence? Absolutely not.

 

The styling is the talking point, and in this case, Jaguar’s design team, led by Ian Callum, have taken a restrained approach. The C-X16 coupe concept, which was previewed before the F-Type’s unveiling in Paris in the autumn of 2012, gave a clear indication of the direction Jaguar would be taking with the F-Type, so there were no real surprises. Of course, the F-Type is a convertible only for now, but a coupe version is the next logical conclusion. The headlamps, front grille, bumper and bonnet have all stayed true to the C-X16 concept. The power bulge on the bonnet is a tribute to the original E-Type, which also sported this feature.

At the rear, the F-Type exudes a unique character, highlighted by the radical treatment of the taillights, which are slim and wrap around the car’s derriere, again subtle homage to the original E-Type. This is a pretty car, but in an understated way. Four exhaust pipes, two on each side, grace the rear of the more powerful V8-engined S model, while the two V6 variants have only two exhaust pipes, mounted in the centre.

 

new jaguar f-type rear

 

The all-aluminium body two-seater sports car is available in three trims - the base F-Type, the mid-range F-Type S and the top-of-the-line V8 S. Three engines options are on offer: a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 producing 340PS of maximum power, a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 delivering 380PS of peak power and a 495PS supercharged 5.0-litre V8. All the engines will be mated to an 8-speed automatic ZF transmission, although Jaguar is said to be working on manual transmission versions as well. For the Indian market though, it is likely that Jaguar will only offer the 8-speed ZF autos.

 

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar comments: “Jaguar is a founder member of the sports car segment with a rich sporting bloodline stretching over 75 years, and in the F-TYPE we’ve reignited that flame. The F-TYPE isn’t designed to be like anyone else’s sports car. It’s a Jaguar sports car – ultra-precise, powerful, sensual and, most of all, it feels alive.”

 

The F-Type platform has been engineered in a manner which will allow it to spawn other models subsequently, including a small four-door saloon, which will sit below the XF in Jaguar’s line-up, and will compete with the likes of BMW’s 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class.

 

JLR recently announced a whopping Rs 22,000 crore investment, which includes a new engine facility, new product development, and R&D. The new Jaguar F-Type is the first of a new breed of Jaguars, aimed at expanding the brand’s reach and sales volumes in much the same way as the new breed of Land Rover and Range Rover products have been doing.

 

It’s unlikely that Jaguar will assemble the F-Type in India, and will go the CBU route instead. Given the increase in import duties from 75 % to 100 %, will mean that the Jaguar F-Type will be dearer than originally planned, but Jaguar remains confident that it will still sell well. The F-Type will compete with the likes of the Porsche Boxster, BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, so expect pricing to be around the Rs 60 lakh mark for the base V6 version, going up to about Rs 75 lakh for the V8 S. These prices are merely indicative though, given that the European launch is still weeks away.

 

Read our in-depth road-test of the sexy new Jaguar F-Type here.
 

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