2014 Jaguar F-Type: A New Kind Of Convertible Cat

Though it may be called an F-Type, it's bound to be an A+.

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In the 2000s, when Jaguar was owned by Ford, my dad would take great pleasure in yelling out his driver’s side window at passing Jags, “It’s a Ford!” He would then laugh at his obscure insult, which always fell on deaf ears while the family cringed with embarrassment. We cringed a lot. We are all smiles now though with the debut of the new 2014 Jaguar F-Type at the Paris Motor Show.

For the launch Jaguar isn’t giving you the choice of coupe or convertible, just a droptop (so you better enjoy the breeze in your hair), but they are giving you the option of three engine packages. The first two options, F-Type and F-Type S, are both Jaguar’s new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 capable of producing 335hp or 375hp, and 0-60 times of 5.1 and 4.8 seconds respectively. While those numbers are nothing to shy from the pinnacle is the the supercharged 5.0-liter F-Type V8 S putting out 488hp and a top speed of 186mph while hitting 0-60 in 4.2 seconds.

The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive ‘vert is heavily composed of aluminum keeping weight down while adding strength. Unique to the F-Type as well is that more than half the metal used in the car is recycled and attached with rivets and bonds rather than welding, cutting back significantly on carbon dioxide emissions. This is a win-win, as you get a stronger car as well as a greener one that won’t burst into flames in your garage.

We will know more when the car enters the press fleet, but until then we are left idling and drooling over the pictures and specs of what is sure to be a hot commodity when it hits the streets next year. [Shout-out to Jaguar!]

Press Blast:

JAGUAR CARS, SEPTEMBER 2012 – PRESS RELEASE

JAGUAR F-TYPE UNVEILED AT THE PARIS AUTO SHOW 2012

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

01. The F-TYPE is an all-new, two-seater, Jaguar sports car

02. A front-engined, rear-wheel drive convertible, the F-TYPE is engineered to deliver pure dynamic driving reward and stunning performance

03. Visually, the F-TYPE’s exterior demonstrates a new sports car design language for Jaguar, with cleaner lines delivered through the discreet use of technology such as deployable spoiler and door handles

04. The F-TYPE’s interior features a driver-focused philosophy, with engaging controls encased in dramatic architecture. Unique technical grains tailor the trim materials, further differentiating the dual-cockpit cabin

05. Three models will be 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

06. The range-topping F-TYPE V8S will reach 60mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 186mph. The 380PS V6 F-TYPE S will reach 60mph in 4.8 seconds and 171mph, the equivalent figures for the F-TYPE are 5.1 seconds and 161mph

07. All engines drive through an eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ transmission, a centrally mounted SportShift selector offering full manual sequential control, as do the steering wheel-mounted paddles

08. Both the S models have a limited-slip differential – the V6’s mechanical and the V8’s electronic – to maximise traction and driver reward

09. The S models also have an ‘Active exhaust’ system and an optional Configurable Dynamics programme. This allows the driver to tailor a number of the dynamic features to personal taste and includes lap timer and G-meter functionality

10. The F-TYPE is constructed around the fourth generation of Jaguar’s acclaimed lightweight aluminium architecture using industry-first technology

11. Torsional and lateral stiffness have been prioritised to maximise handling agility. Around that rigid aluminium structure, every system – steering, brakes, powertrain – has been optimised for immediacy of response to driver inputs

12. All-aluminium double wishbone front and rear suspension systems provide precise body control, with adaptive damping adding a further layer of dynamic capability