Falling in Love with the new Jaguar F-Type

Inspiration is powerful. It can give us the courage to do things we otherwise wouldn’t. I for instance have been dealing with a bad shoulder ache for the past few days, and didn’t want to spend much time on the net. However, after seeing the official pictures of the new Jaguar F-Type, I was inspired to write up this post.

Just look at it…. Damn just look at this thing. It is a thing of beauty. Every single line looks good, every angle looks sexy. I think this is what can be called, design perfection.

It looks good on the inside too. It has a proper cockpit look about it. Everything is selfishly angled towards the driver, and I like that. The grab handle on the passenger side not only suggests this will be a fast, exciting car, but also politely says, don’t be touching the stereo or the climate control dear passenger.

So the driver gets to play with the gadgets, and also with what’s under the hood. At time of launch, which will probably be next summer, it will be available with three engines, all petrol engines and all of them come with a supercharger. The base 3.0-liter, V6 will have 335-hp. The next step is also the same 3.0-liter, V6, but thanks to some extra-tuning, will produce 375-hp. However the version that will likely get the heart racing the most will be the 5.0-liter, V8 that produces 488-hp.

Expect all of the models to be very fast indeed. Jaguar is saying the base car can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds, and the mid-ranger will accomplish that run in just 4.8 seconds. The V8S however will get to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds and this one can run all the way to 300 km/h (base is limited to 250 km/h, mid-ranger to 275 km/h).

Power in all models is only directed to the rear wheels via a new ‘Quick Shift’ 8-speed automatic. I’m only guessing here, but looking at the gear-shifter and the transmission spec, I think Jaguar might have made a deal with BMW regarding their gearboxes (back when the XK8 was launched in 1996, Jaguar used a Mercedes-Benz automatic gearbox).

How will it drive? That remains to be seen, and hopefully I’ll get my hands on it next year. But given how every new Jaguar I’ve driven in recent years has been just wonderful, I’m expecting this new F-Type to be as entertaining to drive as Lana Del Rey is to listen to, who just also happens to be Jaguar’s new spokesperson.

The F-Type is being launched as a convertible, but a coupe will surely follow. No word on Canadian pricing yet, but expect it to start from about $75,000.

I’m gonna start saving now.

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