Jaguar’s new F-type sports car

imageJaguar’s new two-seater sports car will be called the F-type and go on sale in the summer of 2013.

Jaguar has confirmed that its new two-seater sports car, due to be launched in the summer of 2013, will be called the F-type.

The announcement was made at the New York Auto Show, with the decision to build the car coming after the C-X16 prototype received such positive feedback.

Speaking at New York Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s Global Brand Director, said: "We showed the C-X16 concept in September 2011, and the reaction to it has been so positive that we’ve accelerated our development of an all-new Jaguar sports car.

"That car will be called the F-type, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year."

The aim of the F-type, said Hallmark, was to make Jaguar a world-leader in a market it had been absent from for too long.

The car, which will make extensive use of alumnium in its build, will be launched initially as a convertible and will "focus uncompromisingly on delivering driver reward". Power will come from a range of petrol engines, including a new family of powerplants (rumoured to include a supercharged V6 petrol engine with up to 400bhp). A coupé version will follow in 2014.

The F-type will be built at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant. Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s Vehicle Line Director, said: "The engineering development of the F-type has focused on delivering a heightened level of dynamic driving reward. We are excited about our progress to date and are looking forward to soon being able to demonstrate what we have achieved."

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