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September 21, 2012

The Jaguar F-Type revealed

The Jaguar F-Type revealed

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It's been a pretty big week in the auto world. We already got a glimpse of the successor to one legendary sports car. Now we have a look at a successor to an even more legendary and timeless car. Jaguar has revealed the all-new F-Type convertible, the spiritual successor to the E-Type born in the 1960s.

If 100 different people had to scour the history of automotive design to come up with their own top 10 lists of the purest, most beautiful car designs ever, you wouldn't be crazy to expect 100 lists with the Jaguar E-Type on them. And the it would probably be toward the top of each list more often than not.

If you think we're exaggerating, or injecting a little too much subjectivity, consider that Enzo Ferrari, the founder of a company famous the world over for beautiful car designs, was so overcome with the E-Type upon seeing it that he called it "the most beautiful car ever made." That quote rolled off Enzo's tongue in complete disregard to the fact that, if not a Jaguar, the title of "most beautiful car ever" would very likely belong in the hands of his very own company. In 2008, the Daily Telegraph agreed with Ferrari, ranking the E-Type number 1 on its list of "100 most beautiful cars" and explaining that the Jag received four times as many votes as the nearest competitor.

Point of reference: the Jaguar E-Type

The E-Type may very well be the closest we'll ever have to an objective "most beautiful."

In framing the F-Type as a modern-day successor to the E-Type, Jaguar set itself up for both hype and scrutiny. The story isn't about a sporty, new Jaguar convertible; it's about how good the car looks and how well it reinterprets the E-Type's unforgettable curves.

The first chapter of that story is written today. The first photo of the unclothed F-Type has surfaced for the world to see. One photo isn't enough for a full comparison, but it does get the conversation started with both full frontal and diagonal-profile views of three F-Types.

We may not have been around to witness the unveiling of the E-Type, but we'd have to think there was a little more breath-stealing and drama than in the case of this F-Type. The car is definitely a slick roadster, and reminds us a little of a down-market Mercedes SLS AMG, but upon first look, it seems to lack the timeless 'it' factor of the E-Type entirely. It's a roadster, not THE roadster, and while Jaguar shouldn't have a problem moving them off the showroom floor, we don't think anyone will mistake it for the world's most beautiful car. It's styling is content to fall sleepily in line with Jaguar's current line-up, rather than standing out.

The F-Type takes inspiration from the E-Type and last year's C-X16 concept car

We would have loved to see Jaguar stay true to the smooth, flowing, uninterrupted look of the E-Type. Instead it busies things up with a broad front-end, a bunch of roughly cut air intakes and some sharp lines. Perhaps, it'll come together better when we see it from rear and profile angles, but for now, it just doesn't live up to the hype inherent in an E-Type successor. Then again, that's a pretty big balloon to fill, and most any car design would run out of breath long before finishing the job.

The F-Type will be offered as a rear-wheel-drive convertible. Buyers will have three engine options: 340-hp and 380-hp versions of Jaguar’s new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and a new derivative of its supercharged 5.0-liter V8.

"Fundamentally, a great sports car is one you’ll look forward to driving because it’s fun, and the F-TYPE definitely delivers on that score," says Mike Cross, Jaguar's chief engineer for vehicle integrity. "We’ve worked hard to make sure that responses to steering, throttle and brakes are absolutely immediate, a task made far easier by the rigid aluminum structure at the car’s base."

That's about all Jaguar has to say for now. We'll have more details after next Thursday's Paris unveiling, including Jaguar's chance to explain, point for point, why the F-Type is indeed the E-Type reincarnated for a new generation. In the meantime, you can take an in-depth look at the E-Type and other notable predecessors in our original F-Type preview.

If you're more into hearing the engine than ogling the body, you should enjoy the video below. The F-Type wears black-and-white camo, but you can hear the purr of its engine and watch it carve up the track.

Source: Jaguar

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
17 Comments

Very nice but I'd still take the E-type any day!

Max Kennedy
21st September, 2012 @ 09:41 am PDT

I'm going to have to go with Enzo.

At least they didn't do some horrible

"retro" version of the E.

Why hasn't a manufacturer done a limited edition reproduction of

a classic that has an interior/exterior that is

indistinguishable from the original

instead of just ANOTHER squared-off retro?

I know many people re-power old cars with modern drivetrains

all the time-

how is it that no factory has produced one?

Instead,

most retros just look like cheap versions that went through the

copy machine a few times too many....

Man,

I'd be happy if they would just actually make more of those amazing concept cars that never get built!

I CANNOT see this F-thing EVER even coming close

favourably comparing with the E-Type Legend.

Now,

if you had told me that it was Kia's new sports car I

MIGHT be impressed....

Griffin
21st September, 2012 @ 11:54 am PDT

I was at a race in Stockton, California the first time I saw an E-jag.

It was being driven around the track and allegedly there was a beauty queen in the passengers seat.

Nobody saw her.

I doubt the F will have the same impact.

MikeFromHC
21st September, 2012 @ 02:06 pm PDT

I totally agree with Griffin.

The F-type has nothing from the E-type not spiritually, not in looks and in fact the only thing I can find is that the naming is like how Jaguar did for a period back in the days of D-type and E-type. I think it is rather sad to see this desperate attempt from Jaguar to capitalize on the E-type history and then doing it with that rather mediocre car.

A real spiritual successor to the E-type isn't to be found but the Eagle and Growler "replica" ones come close being modern in technology while having much of the original E-type style.

BZD
21st September, 2012 @ 03:10 pm PDT

Entirely too much Aston Martin in the mix. If Jaguar wants to attempt to knock the E-type off its pedestal, they at least need to make the F-type distinctly Jaguar.

Rt1583
23rd September, 2012 @ 08:29 pm PDT

"most beautiful car in the world"..? Looks way too much like a Honda S2000. Give me an Aston Martin DB9 any day..!

Tommo
24th September, 2012 @ 05:36 am PDT

Aston Martin? There is NO Aston Martin in that car.

Rocky Stefano
24th September, 2012 @ 05:46 am PDT

Yep, they blew it. The one they touted about and thought about making just under 10 years ago was way better to look at than this

Simon
24th September, 2012 @ 08:57 am PDT

UGLY Just what is the reason for all the new cars having that hugh and ugly maw with side gills. Seems most of the auto stylists graduated from the same class in "styling" school.

I own 3 Jaguars. A SS 100, XK120 FHC and and E-Type flat floor. All three look better that this new disaster.

freedomsailor
24th September, 2012 @ 09:56 am PDT

How extraordinary success can mean certain downfall--the never to be equaled E-Type. Sorry, Jaguar, may as well close shop.

reholmes
24th September, 2012 @ 10:35 am PDT

I'm not much of a car guy, so this new Jag just seems to blend in with the crowd. I don't see anything in particular that distinguishes it, visually, from any other sports car on the road. The E had character! Too bad the industry has lost the nerve to make a bold statement.

John Hagen-Brenner
24th September, 2012 @ 11:57 am PDT

Not even close to an E-type, or even better, a D-type. Sexiest motor ever, that.

Or my other all-time favourite, the AC Cobra.

Catweazle
24th September, 2012 @ 05:20 pm PDT

Quaint design, but update the E type, doable with 3D printing.

& CAD. I'd rent this F type, never own as Jaguar service issues alone deter ownership of Jags esp older ones.

Stephen N Russell
24th September, 2012 @ 05:41 pm PDT

I did my Apprenticeship as a Panelbeater on Jags . Two customers , one E-Type , one XJ6 with 350 chev conversions . they were both exceptional cars . Cheaper to maintain & sounded a lot better too !

Mick Perger
26th September, 2012 @ 02:37 am PDT

Forget Aston Martin--the inescapable first impression of this Jaguar is that it looks very, very Italian. The S30-generation Datsun 240Z shamelessly aped the Series 1 E-Type, so it's no surprise this new Jag carries forward a faint resemblance to the Z33 Nissan.

Put a hood scoop on this F-Type, though, and you would be excused for thinking it was a Ferrari California.

patronanejo
28th September, 2012 @ 10:59 pm PDT

"Most beautiful car ever"? "Well, excuse me, but there is a lot of competition for that sobriquet. I wouldn't put the E at the top of the list. In fact I wouldn't put any auto at the top of the list.

"All comparisons are invidious".

rwhaller42
29th September, 2012 @ 03:36 am PDT

If the badge is removed it doesn't stand out amongst all the Toyotas and Hyundais around. Sorry.

Pétur Halldórsson
1st October, 2012 @ 03:51 am PDT
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