Plenty of impressive new models will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show in September, though Jaguar is hoping to steal the spotlight with the reveal of its Porsche 911 rival, the F-Type.
Sized smaller than the grand touring XK, the F-Type will be available with a choice of three engines, including a 340-hp 3.0-liter V6 and an up-rated 380-hp version of the same motor. Topping the range will be a version of the brand’s impressive supercharged 5.0-liter V8 delivering as much as 500-hp.
Based on an all-new, all-aluminum chassis, this two seater will be light weight and will conserve fuel through the use of an 8-speed automatic transmission and stop-start technology.
“The unveiling of the F-TYPE in Paris will be a truly significant day in Jaguar’s history as it will mark the company’s return to the sports car market, a market it originally helped to create,” said Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director of Jaguar Cars. “As its sporting forebears did in their era, the F-TYPE will break new ground by delivering stunning sports car performance while vividly demonstrating Jaguar’s cutting-edge engineering technologies and world-class design excellence. The next step in Jaguar’s sporting bloodline is about to become reality.”
Eventually offered in both coupe and convertible forms, the car on display in Paris will be a convertible.