Jaguar F-Type Roadster Test Mule Shown: 2012 New York Auto Show

Jaguar F-Type Roadster Test Mule Shown: 2012 New York Auto Show

Absence from the New York Auto Show today didn’t stop the new Jaguar F-Type from stealing the show.

Instead of a traditional teaser, Jaguar poked fun at the spy photographers publications rely on by offering them a break from hanging out in trees. Instead, those attending the press conference saw a short video featuring plenty of footage with a “properly camouflaged” test mule flying around a track.

While mechanical details weren’t released on the F-Type, Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark said during the conference that the F-Type would remain almost entirely true to the C-X16 unveiled last September.

While that car debuted in coupe format as the automaker’s first foray into the two-seater market since the early 90’s, Hallmark also said the F-Type will initially debut as a convertible. Furthermore, he said the production model will be unveiled later this year.

We can report that the F-Type will have a top speed over 180 mph. Engine specs weren’t included but last year we learned that the concept this car will be closely based on would sprint from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds. It achieves that with a 380-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V6.

It isn’t clear if the production model will be a hybrid like the C-X16 concept, but it seems reasonable given how many other automakers are integrating the technology into future sports cars.

Better fuel mileage is one benefit, but another will be improved weight distribution thanks to the battery pack being mounted at the rear. In the concept that meant perfect 50-50 balance, though that might change with the convertible.

Expect more information to become available as the official unveil approaches.

GALLERY: Jaguar C-X16 concept