Jaguar Previews F-Type Sports Car and XFR-S Saloon Ahead of LA Auto Show Debut
[Ed.: Originally posted November 20]
Jaguar today teased the official world debuts of the all-new F-Type sports car and a high-performance version of the entry level XF, called the XFR-S.
The F-Type is a 2-seat sports car fitting below the XK price- and feature-wise that is meant to evoke the classic E-Type coupe and roadster, which frequently finds itself on the top of “Most Beautiful Car Ever Made” lists. The F-Type is well styled, but I find the rear decklid much too sharp and the taillights look too much like the eyes of Marvin the Martian from the film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Several engines are available under the hood: two supercharged V-6s (producing 340 and 380hp) and one supercharged V-8 making 495hp. The car appears to be more focused on dynamics and sportiness than the XK’s more GT-esque nature. The car goes on sale next summer as a 2014 model.
The XFR-S is a raucous variant of the standard XF sedan, which already offers a supercharged 5.0L V-8 with 510hp on tap. Although engine details have not yet been revealed, many online publications have speculated that the 550hp mill from the XKR-S will be used, mated to a ZF six-speed automatic transmission; the engine propels the XKR-S from stop to 60mph in 4.2 seconds, up to a top speed of 186. Although Jaguar has made attempts in the past to compete with BMW’s class-leading M5 sports sedan, it is usually outclassed by the Bavarian and even competitors like the Mercedes E63, Audi S6, and Cadillac CTS-V. Here’s to hoping the Brits can give the other guys a run for their money in this cutthroat segment.
Both the F-Type and XFR-S will be displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in just over a week. The F-Type has been covered extensively by online and print publications over the last few months, while the hot sedan will make its first appearance at the show. Photos of the cars will be posted on this blog and others when the Auto Show opens its doors to the public.