The F-Type is without any doubt the most important model launched by Jaguar in its modern history and is considered to be a spiritual successor of the iconic E-Type. For the moment it is available exclusively as a convertible but soon enough there will also be a coupe version. It’s far from being an affordable car which is why any prospective owner should seriously take into consideration getting the proper insurance which doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can acquire cheap car insurance with Express Insurance for any of the three F-Type models: standard, S and V8 S.
The base Jaguar F-Type is motivated by a 3.0-liter V6 engine outputting 340 HP (250 kW), whereas the F-Type S has the same engine but tuned to deliver 380 HP (279 kW). The range-topping V8 S comes with a larger and more powerful V8 mill rated at 495 HP (364 kW) with a maximum torque of 625 Nm (461 lb-ft).
In terms of performance, the standard F-Type will need 5.1 seconds to get from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) before hitting a top speed of 161 mph (260 km/h). Opt for the S version and the sprint time is reduced to 4.9 seconds while the top speed rises to 171 mph (275 km/h). If your pockets are deep enough for the F-Type V8 S, that model will hit 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds before achieving a maximum speed of 186 mph (300 km/h) which will be electronically-capped.
Rumors around the Internet are suggesting Jaguar plans on introducing a new entry-level derivative of the F-Type which will allegedly get a smaller 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. This four-banger is expected to develop somewhere in the region of 240 HP (177 kW) and a peak torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). An unknown prototype of the F-Type has been spied wearing a different hood which could probably indicate a forthcoming engine addition to the lineup.
Speaking of the lineup, Jaguar has already confirmed the F-Type Coupe will be revealed in full on November 19 and will be showcased to the public at the Los Angeles Auto Show and also at the Tokyo Motor Show. The car was previewed a while back by the C-X16 concept and will look a lot like the convertible, but obviously with a fixed roof. In the attached teaser photo we notice the F-Type Coupe will be available with a panoramic glass roof which will likely be an optional feature.
We assume the engine lineup will be carried over from its convertible sibling without any modifications. The car is programmed to go on sale in 2014 and we already know North America will get the F-Type Coupe sometime in the spring. Pricing details will probably be revealed later this month when the car will go official.
All things considered, the Jaguar F-Type has a very promising future up ahead which could include a new range-topping version dubbed “RS” that will allegedly have 700 HP (515 kW) and will utilize some of the technology implemented in the C-X75 concept. Expect the car to have a top speed beyond the 200 mph (321 km/h) and to look significantly more aggressive than the non RS versions.