You can now order the new two-seater Jaguar F-TYPE convertible with prices starting from £58,500 for entry-level car rising to £79,950 for the V8S. First deliveries are expected in mid-2013 in the UK.
There are three variants will be available at launch – F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and F-TYPE V8 S. Each is distinguished by the power output of its supercharged petrol engine with all engines featuring stop/start technology.
Priced from £58,500 the V6 F-TYPE is powered by a new 340PS 3.0-litre V6 engine which is capable of 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 161 mph. The all important CO2 emissions have been recorded as 209 g/km.
The £67,500 V6 F-TYPE S has a 380 PS version of the same 3.0-litre V6 engine, but is slightly quicker at 4.9 seconds to 62 mph and a top speed of 171 mph (which is electronically restricted) - CO2 emissions are 213 g/km.
The range topping F-TYPE V8 S (£79,950) features a 495PS 5.0-litre V8 which will do the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.3 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph and CO2 emissions of 259 g/km.
An active exhaust system, which is standard on the S and V8 S models, adds another dimension of driver-engagement. Valves in the exhaust system open under load from 3000rpm which allows the exhaust note to build to a thrilling crescendo at the redline.
All the F-TYPEs are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a set of eight closely-spaced, sporting ratios in its QuickShift transmission, giving greater driver control. The V6-powered S model also includes a Dynamic Launch feature, which optimises acceleration from rest.
The exterior speaks for its self where the interior takes its inspiration from cockpits of fighter airplanes, the controls are ergonomically grouped by function. Further aeronautical inspiration can be found in the joystick-shaped SportShift selector controlling the eight-speed transmission. The air vents on top of the dashboard will only deploy when instructed to by either the driver or complex control algorithms, staying tucked discreetly out of sight in other circumstances.
We would recommend you place your order now as the order books will fill with a very long waiting list very quickly and mid-2013 is not that far away.Published 26 September 2012