Jaguar takes the fight to the Germans as it reveals its sucessor to the iconic E-Type

September 20, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Jaguar has unveiled the spiritual successor to its iconic E-Type sports car – 50 years after the original went on sale.

The stunning F-Type has been designed to be an uncompromising two-seat convertible which offers motorists an exhilarating driving experience.

It will see the British firm take the fight to the Germans – with the F-Type going into direct competition with thoroughbred sports cars like the Porsche 911.

The new Jaguar F-Type cruises through Goodwood today. It is the successor to the iconic E-Type sports car

The new Jaguar F-Type cruises through Goodwood today. It is the successor to the iconic E-Type sports car

Jaguar is yet to reveal the full details of its new sports car, but it will be available with a choice of 3-litre V6 or 5-litre V8 engines – offering blistering performance.

All models should be capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in less than five seconds and have top speeds of 155mph-plus.

The rear-wheel drive sports car will be fitted with an eight-speed gearbox and cost around £50,000 when it goes on sale next year.

The stunning F-Type has been designed to be an uncompromising two-seat convertible which offers motorists an exhilarating driving experience

The stunning F-Type has been designed to be an uncompromising two-seat convertible which offers motorists an exhilarating driving experience

There have been direct comparisons made between the F-Type and the legendary E-Type which was built between 1961 and 1974.

It will be the first two-seat Jaguar since the E-Type with the firm hailing its as their “return to the sports car market”.

And the first impressions of the F-Type is that it will be a huge success with James Blackwell from the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club describing it as “gorgeous”.

The original Jaguar E-Type, which has been used in various Bond films

The original Jaguar E-Type, which has been used in various Bond films

E-Types such as this one have captivated car fans around the world for five decades

E-Types such as this one have captivated car fans around the world for five decades

He said: “Jaguar built its success on proper sports cars and, after the E-Type, all models had rear seats and were designed to be grand tourers.

“Now they’re bringing it back and the F-Type is very exciting. It looks gorgeous and has a lovely presence with its aggressive styling.

“I’m sure it is going to be an amazing success, everything Jaguar seems to do at the moment turns to gold.”

The F-Type will make its global debut at next week’s Paris Motor Show after being previewed as a disguised prototype at various events.

Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar global brand director, says the F-Type’s launch in France will be a “truly significant day” as the firm returns to the sports car market.

He said: “As its sporting forebears did in their era, the F-Type will break new ground by delivering stunning sports car performance while vividly demonstrating Jaguar’s cutting-edge engineering technologies and world-class design excellence.”

Ian Callum, director of design, added: “A true sports car needs to be pure in both its purpose and its form; to have the opportunity to produce such a car for Jaguar has been a privilege both for myself and for my team.

“The C-Type, D-Type and E-Type Jaguars were all sports cars that held true to this principle in their era, and the F-Type will hold true to that same principle in its time, a time that is soon to arrive.”

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