Thursday 20 September 2012

Leaked: 2013 Jaguar F-Type

The first official image of the 2013 Jaguar F-Type roadster has leaked onto the web via a well-known spy photographer, ahead of its world debut at the upcoming Paris motor show.

Posted by Chris Doane on Facebook, the low-resolution image reveals that the compact executive sports car will be heavily influenced by last year’s C-X16 concept.

The F-Type will feature LED daytime running lights, an oval grille, numerous air intakes, and a ventilated clamshell bonnet. The side profile boasts exceptionally large alloy wheels, wheelarch vents, and flush-fitting pop-out door handles.

Although no images of the rear have surfaced, a short overhang lends a cab-back stance. The cabin is likely to be inspired by the C-X16 concept, and we can see that sports seats and rollover bars will feature.

The F-Type is based on a shortened version of the XK’s all aluminium unibody platform, but will be tuned for a greater driver focus.

The newcomer will be sized between the Porsche Boxster and Porsche 911 and priced between them, too. A starting price tag of around £55,000 has been suggested.

Power will come from a line-up of petrol engines, which includes a supercharged 3.0 litre V6 with two outputs of 335bhp (340PS/250kW) and 450Nm (332lb-ft) of torque and 375bhp (380PS/279kW) and 460Nm (339lb-ft) of torque.

A supercharged 5.0 litre V8 will also be offered and will produce between 503bhp (510PS/375kW) and 542bhp (550PS/405kW).

While the convertible will launch in Spring 2013, the coupé will launch in late 2013.

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