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New F-Type Flies the Flag in Paris

By raccars Published

Presented in the gardens of Musée Rodin, was Jaguar's new two-seater convertible sports car.

Immediately, the motoring press were impressed by the gorgeous body work. Although it does not compete with the E-Type, of which it was inspired, the F-Type is by far one of the superior design feats in the company's history.

The bodywork was designed in Britain, spearheaded by Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, taking a large influence from the C-X16 concept of 2011. The beautiful lines are complimented by the use of lightweight aluminium to reduce weight.

Marking a return to the company's origins, of creating exciting drivers' cars, the new F-Type promises impressive results.

Three different engine options are available. Firstly, the 3.0-litre V6, which develops 340PS for the entry level model and 380PS for the F-Type S. The range topping 5.0-litre V8 F-Type S produces a staggering 495PS with 625Nm of torque and a 0-60mph time of 4.2 seconds.

Handling promises to be spectacular with the use of all-aluminium double wishbone front and rear suspension, coupled with a quick-ratio steering rack for ultra responsiveness.

Impressive features include, bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights, an active rear spoiler, and an aeronautically inspired joystick style SportShift selector, controlling an eight-speed transmission.

Prices are to start at around £58,500 with the range topping F-Type V8 S priced from £79,950.

What else can we say? In the words of Ian Callum: "this car speaks for itself".

Story by Mike Armstrong

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