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Paris 2012: Jaguar releases first official photos of F-Type

Paris 2012: Jaguar releases first official photos of F-Type image

Text: / Photos: | posted September 27, 2012 03:19

Target: Boxster

Jaguar has just released the first photos of the much awaited Jaguar F-Type, a 2-seat roadster that will officially break out at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

The new model is aimed squarely at the convertible segment, dominated by models like the Porsche Boxster.

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The new car features a striking new look for the Jaguar brand, taking inspiration from the brand's C-X16 concept car. The character lines and creases give the F-Type a low, aggressive, and high tech look yet remains faithful to the design heritage of Jags of old.

“A piece of design should tell a story and this is why every line in the F-Type has a start, a direction and a conclusion,” says Ian Callum, Jaguar's Director of Design on the F-Type. “If you approach every line individually and get it as aesthetically correct as possible, get the dimensions right, it will stand the test of time.”

The front of the F-Type features a new interpretation of the bold angular Jaguar grille from which flows the striking bonnet with its signature ‘power bulge’. Full of curves and finished off by a pair of full LED taillamps, the F-Type is dressed to impress the crowds at Paris.

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Inside, the focus on driver involvement and sporting performance in the F-Type is emphasized by what Jaguar calls the ‘one plus one’ layout of the asymmetric cabin. Jaguar says they took inspiration from the cockpits of fighter airplanes, with the controls ergonomically grouped by function, like the joystick-type shifter.

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F-Type customers can choose between a 3.0L V-6 or a 5.0L V-8, with varying degrees of power and performance:

The 'standard' V6 F-Type gets 340 PS and accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds.

The V6 F-Type S gets 380 PS and can do 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds.

The top spec V8 F-Type S gets 495 PS and can accelerate from 0-100 in 4.3 seconds.

The price of the F-Type models for the UK will start at £58,500 for the V6 F-Type, £67,500 for the F-Type S and £79,950 the F-Type V8 S. The Paris Motor Show will open on September 29 until October 14.