The Jaguar F-Type (project code X152) is a two-door, two-seater sports car, manufactured by British luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover under their Jaguar Cars marque since 2013. The car's JLR D6a platform is based on a shortened version of the XK's platform. It serves as the spiritual successor to the famous E-Type while also serving as the replacement for the XK grand tourer while not being its successor.
Jaguar F-Type R convertible
|Manufacturer||Jaguar Land Rover|
|Assembly||Castle Bromwich Assembly, Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Sports car (S)|
|Body style||2-door roadster|
2-door fastback coupé
|Layout||Front-engine rear-wheel-drive / all-wheel-drive (SVR)|
|Wheelbase||2,622 mm (103.2 in)|
|Length||4,470 mm (176 in)|
|Width||1,923 mm (75.7 in)|
|Height||1,308 mm (51.5 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,862 kg (4,104 lb)|
XJ41/XJ42 concept (1986)Edit
The F-Type name was first used on a pair of completely unrelated concepts as far back as 1982, when Jaguar realised that the XJ-S had grown too large in size and weight to be classed as a proper successor to the E-Type. Then, two new projects, codenamed the XJ41 (coupé) and XJ42 (convertible) got to an advanced state of development by 1988, however the project was cancelled when Ford Motor Company took over Jaguar in 1989, and the newly installed management determined that upgrading the company's dated production facilities was a higher priority. The XJ-S was given a major facelift (being renamed the XJS) instead as a stop gap solution. The XJ41/XJ42 studies ultimately evolved into the Aston Martin DB7 and the Jaguar XK8 which were launched in 1994 and 1996 respectively - the latter being more of a direct replacement for the XJS than a true successor to the E-Type.
F-Type concept (2000)Edit
The F-Type concept was a two-seat speedster with a 3.0-litre V6 engine from the S-Type saloon conceived to compete against light weight sports cars, such as the Porsche Boxster. Geoff Lawson, Jaguar's Head of Design, had been working on the development of the car, leading a team of three designers namely Keith Helfet, Adam Hatton and Pasi Pennanen. His sudden death in 1999 led Ian Callum, the new Head of Design, to continue the project who would present the finalised concept car to the general public at the 2000 Detroit Auto Show to a positive response due to its retro styling which recalled iconic Jaguar automobiles of the 1950s and 60s. At its introduction, the car was quoted to be available with a manual or automatic transmission and an optional all-wheel-drive system. Budget cuts by parent company Ford led Jaguar to pursue its efforts in Formula-One and by 2002, the F-Type project was cancelled due to its failure to meet production feasibility.
C-X16 concept (2011)Edit
The C-X16 concept takes cues from the 2010 C-X75 plug-in hybrid concept sports car, including the shape of the front grille and the wrap-around rear lights, along with a side-hinged opening rear window reminiscent of the 1961 E-Type fastback coupé.
The concept car was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Jaguar stated that the C-X16 was their smallest car since the 1954 Jaguar XK120, at: 4,445 mm (175.0 in) length; 2,048 mm (80.6 in) width; 1,297 mm (51.1 in) height.
The F-Type which was previewed stylistically by the C-X16, was developed under the project code "X152".
F-Type Convertible (2013–present)Edit
The convertible version of F-Type was first revealed in Sundance, London which was followed by a presentation at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed (with a bare chassis).
F-Type Coupé (2014–present)Edit
The coupé variant of the F-Type was unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show (F-Type R Coupé) and 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, followed by 2013 Jaguar Academy of Sport Annual Awards, an exclusive event in Canary Wharf, London.
The coupé was set to go on sale in spring 2014. Launch models scheduled include the F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type R.
F-Type SVR (2016–present)Edit
At the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016, Jaguar unveiled the F-Type SVR. Available in both coupé and convertible body styles along with having all-wheel-drive, it features the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine from the V8 S and R, but has a maximum power output of 575 PS (567 hp; 423 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft) of torque at 3,500-5,000 rpm, the car can accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 3.5 seconds and to can attain a top speed of 322 km/h (200 mph), making it the first Jaguar road car since the XJ220 to reach 322 km/h (200 mph). The SVR convertible can attain a top speed of 312 km/h (194 mph).
The F-Type utilises an all-aluminium unitary chassis, assembled with flush rivets and glue. Sound and vibration insulation is provided by the addition of a special underbody tray and engine mounts, and a double bulkhead between the engine bay and passenger compartment. The convertible roof is an electrically operated retractable fabric piece. Jaguar says by eschewing metal it can keep the car's centre of gravity low, while a Thinsulate layer means thermal and sound insulation is akin to a solid roof.
At launch, the entry-level model used Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine, producing a maximum power output of 340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp), enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 97 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 5.1 seconds, and attain a top speed of 259 km/h (161 mph). The F-Type S has the same engine uprated at 380 PS (279 kW; 375 hp), allowing the car to attain a top speed of 275 km/h (171 mph), and achieve acceleration from 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) in 4.8 seconds. Next in the range is the V8 F-Type R, with Jaguar’s 5.0-litre, 550 PS (405 kW; 542 hp) supercharged V8 petrol engine, allowing the car to attain a top speed of 299 km/h (186 mph) and accelerate from 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) in 4.0 seconds. Topping the range is the F-Type SVR, with the same engine as the F-Type R uprated at 575 PS (423 kW; 567 hp) enabling the car to attain a top speed of 322 km/h (200 mph) and accelerate from 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) in 3.5 seconds. The layout is front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, or all-wheel drive for the F-Type SVR. The gearbox is an eight-speed automatic with paddle-shifters offering manual override. In 2015, a ZF six-speed manual became available as an option on the V6 models. There is a mechanical limited-slip differential on the V6 S and an electronic limited-slip differential on the V8.
In 2018, a 2.0 L turbocharged Inline-4 engine was added as the new entry-level powertrain, which is Jaguar's first four-cylinder sports car.
|Model||Years||Body Style||Engine type||Power, Torque|
|2.0-litre turbocharged I4 petrol||2018–||Coupé & Convertible||1,999 cc (122 cu in) (Ingenium AJ200)||300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) at 5,500 rpm, 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 1,500 rpm|
|3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol||2013–||Coupé & Convertible||2,995 cc (183 cu in) (AJ126)||340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp) at 6,500 rpm, 450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) at 3,500–5,000 rpm|
|3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol||2013–||S Coupé & Convertible||2,995 cc (183 cu in) (AJ126)||380 PS (279 kW; 375 hp) at 6,500 rpm, 460 N⋅m (339 lb⋅ft) at 3,500–5,000 rpm|
|3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol||2018–||400 Sport Coupé and Convertible||2,995 cc (183 cu in) (AJ126)||400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp) at 6,500 rpm, 460 N⋅m (339 lb⋅ft) at 3,500–5,000 rpm|
|5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol||2013–2014||V8 S Convertible||5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133)||495 PS (364 kW; 488 hp) at 6,500 rpm, 625 N⋅m (461 lb⋅ft) at 2,500–5,500 rpm|
|5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol||2014–||R Coupé & Convertible||5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133)||550 PS (405 kW; 542 hp) at 6,500 rpm, 680 N⋅m (502 lb⋅ft) at 2,500–5,500 rpm|
|5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol||2014–||Project 7, SVR Coupé & Convertible||5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133)||575 PS (423 kW; 567 hp), 700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft)|
|Model||Engine||0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) acceleration time||Top Speed|
|F-Type||1,999 cc (122 cu in) (Ingenium AJ200 I4)||5.7 seconds||259 km/h (161 mph)|
|F-Type V6||2,995 cc (183 cu in) (AJ126 V6)||5.1 seconds||259 km/h (161 mph)|
|F-Type V6 S||2,995 cc (183 cu in) (AJ126 V6)||4.8 seconds||275 km/h (171 mph)|
|F-Type 400 Sport||2,995 cc (183 cu in) (AJ126 V6)||4.8 seconds||275 km/h (171 mph)|
|F-Type 400 Sport (AWD)||2,995 cc (183 cu in) (AJ126 V6)||4.9 seconds||275 km/h (171 mph)|
|F-Type V8 S||5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133 V8)||4.3 seconds||300 km/h (186 mph)|
|F-Type R||5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133 V8)||4.0 seconds||300 km/h (186 mph)|
|F-Type SVR||5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133 V8)||3.5 seconds||322 km/h (200 mph)|
|F-Type Project 7||5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133 V8)||3.9 seconds||300 km/h (186 mph)|
The F-Type has a double-wishbone front and rear suspension with adaptive dampers and adjustable suspension settings to allow the driver to adjust ride and handling. The car has a total of 25 different driving modes programmed to suit different road conditions and driving styles.
The interior of the F-Type has a two-seater setup with the leather upholstery and control buttons finished in aluminium. There is a touchscreen display in the centre console and another TFT display between the dials in the instrument panel. There is also a choice of flat-bottom or Alcantara finish for the three-spoke steering wheel and buttons finished in soft-feel matt black.
The F-Type debuted a stop-start engine shutoff function, which Jaguar claims boosts economy by 5 percent.
The F-Type features bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, along with full LED lighting at the rear. The S and V8 S versions come equipped with an "active exhaust system" which opens special valves over 3,000 rpm to intensify the sound profile.
There is a retractable rear wing and door handles that are left hidden with the bodywork until needed. The fabric roof on the convertible raises or lowers in 12 seconds, and can be used when the car is moving at up to 48 km/h (30 mph).
The audio systems offered, use Meridian technology with either 380 W spread across ten speakers or 770 W across twelve speakers.
Marketing and receptionEdit
In August 2012, it was announced that American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey would be the face of the F-Type, which premiered at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. The car won Car of The Year at the 2013 Middle East Motor Awards.
In April 2013 a short film called Desire was launched at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to promote the Jaguar F-Type. Directed by Adam Smith from Ridley Scott Associates, starring Damian Lewis, Jordi Molla and Shannyn Sossamon. New Musical Express called the film "typically sumptuous promo features heavy product placement".
As part of convertible launch celebration in the UK, Jaguar launched its #YourTurnBritain campaign; inviting people to share photos that encapsulate the best of modern Britain through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr. The best images submitted would win one of four unforgettable F-Type driving experiences. A fleet of Union Jack liveried F-Types embarked on a 'Best of British' promotional tour as part of the car's launch activity and Jaguar's #YourTurnBritain social media campaign, with the help of ambassadors Jamie Campbell Bower, Alice Temperley, MistaJam, Graeme Swann and Jimmy Anderson. The tour started in London in August 2013 and visited Leeds and Newcastle (12th), Edinburgh and Glasgow (13th), Manchester and Liverpool (14th), Sheffield, Nottingham and Birmingham (15th) Cardiff, Bristol and Oxford (16th). Londoners were able to see the cars from 12–23 August as they took residence at Canary Wharf.
David Gandy was featured in a film titled 'Escapism' featuring a Jaguar F-Type convertible. In the film, Gandy gave the viewers insight into his life as he invited them on a road trip that started at dusk as he escaped 'the craziness of London'. David Gandy: Escapism features the style icon driving his favourite British heritage cars from the C-Type, E-Type and XKSS, through to the very latest F-Type. The film was previewed at the 2013 Goodwood Revival.
As part of F-Type coupé launch in the US, a 60-second TV commercial titled 'Rendezvous' was premiered the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII. In addition, a dozen New York City Subway trains were wrapped with ads advertising the F-TYPE in preparation for the Super Bowl XLVIII. On February 2, 2014, Jaguar unveiled the new coupé through a Super Bowl advertisement. The "British Villains" campaign (created by SPARK44, managed by Mindshare) captures the premise that Brits have long made the best villains in landmark films, combining intelligence with charm, restlessness with calm, and are always confident. Jaguar emphasised the idea that British were considered "bad" by Americans because of Hollywood movies always portraying villains to be British. Sir Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Strong all support the villainous way of life as being good. Using these "villains" as the face of Jaguar helped support the edgy side of the luxury brand. This Super Bowl advertisement also challenged other luxury automotive markets in the US stating that Jaguar is just as edgy or maybe more than the other luxury automotive brands. The 'Rendezvous' commercial launched the campaign, which introduced the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and featured the campaign's unique hashtag, #GoodToBeBad. Following the 'Rendezvous' commercial premiere at Super Bowl XLVIII, 'The Set-Up' commercial was premiered on 12 January 2014 and the YouTube premiere of 'Rendezvous' on 28 January. "Rendezvous" was filmed by Hooper in London in a creative partnership with his Smuggler Films production house. The spot's original score for "Rendezvous" was composed and conducted by Alexandre Desplat, who worked with Tom Hooper on The Kings Speech and recorded by The London Symphony Orchestra at the iconic Abbey Road studios. Jaguar also hosted the campaign page, www.BritishVillains.com, with information about the F-Type Coupé, the commercial and some unique video content including teasers starring each of the three actors. In addition to broadcast, the multi-channel campaign's Super Bowl efforts included unique outdoor creative throughout New York City, print, digital and consumer activations hosted with a wide array of media partners, and special events in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. The British Villains campaign continues with regularly updated content through July 2014.
As part of Jaguar F-Type Coupé launch in China, David Beckham joined Jaguar as a brand ambassador. The print creative material used in this campaign was produced by fashion photographer and filmmaker Peter Lindbergh.
The Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport, a special-edition model that would remain on sale for just one year, was launched as part of a raft of revisions to the British sports car. The F-Type 400 Sport launch edition is powered by an upgraded version of the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine producing a power output of 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp) (hence the name) and the addition of the Super Performance braking system (which features 380 mm front and 376 mm rear discs and black calipers with 400 Sport logo) and a Configurable Dynamics system which allows drivers to select individual settings for the throttle, transmission, steering and dampers. The F-Type 400 Sport features unique 20-inch alloy wheels.
The car features ‘400 Sport’ badges on the front splitter and rear of the car, as well as the centre console, steering wheel, tread plates and embroidered headrests. The F-Type 400 is available as either a coupé or convertible and in either rear or all-wheel drive.
The Project 7 is based on the F-Type Convertible, and is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, generating a maximum power output of 575 PS (423 kW). The engine is shared with the F-Type SVR. Only up to 250 units were made and the car is considered to be Jaguar's most powerful production car ever, alongside the F-Type SVR. The body shell of the car is made from aluminium, reminiscing the historical D-Type LeMans winner. Visually, it features an 'Aero Haunch' behind the driver, similar to 1950s D-Type, a quad exhaust and a fixed rear spoiler. The project 7 has a claimed acceleration 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) acceleration time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 299 km/h (186 mph). Singer and car enthusiast Brian Johnson drove the prototype car on the first programme of the second series of Cars That Rock, and announced at the end of the programme that he had bought one of the 250 production cars.
The Project 7 is a skunkworks design penned by Italian-Brazilian designer César Pieri. It was discovered by chance when Pieri accidentally showed it to Jaguar chief-designer Ian Callum. The concept then became a functional prototype and eventually reached production.
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Fortunately, the venerated E-type's long-overdue successor looks damn good, too, courtesy of design legend Ian Callum.
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