Jaguar To Make Successor To Iconic E-Type
Nearly 40 years after Jaguar ceased production of its iconic E-type sports car, the firm is to start production of its F-type successor.
The petrol-powered convertible is to continue the sporting heritage of the firm, after it ceased production of its predecessor in 1975.
Jaguar Cars global brand director Adrian Hallmark 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.
"Its development is a vivid representation of the confidence and ambition of the Jaguar brand, and the desire amongst our engineers and design team to produce a world leader in a market segment that we have been absent from for too long. But no longer - the F-type is coming."
Jaguar has already built engineering prototypes at its Castle Bromwich plant and intends to put the car into production there in 2013.
The all-aluminium body will house a variety of engine configurations and only produced as a two-seater.
Jaguar was a leader in post-war sports car production and its models are still hot favourites with classic car fans.
The E-type, with its elongated engine bay capable of holding a giant V12 engine, was a must-have motor for rock and sport stars.
The car appeared in numerous films from the swinging 1960s and the glam-rock '70s.
More recently comedy actor Mike Myers took to driving an open-top model, adorned in the Union flag, in his spy spoof Austin Powers trilogy.
"The C-type, D-type and E-type Jaguars were all sports cars that held true to this principle in their era," director of design Ian Callum said.
"And the F-type will hold true to that same principle in its time, a time that is soon to arrive."
The new sports car is a key part of an investment project worth £5bn, started by Jaguar Land Rover in 2011 to release some 40 "new products" in the next five years.
Jaguar and Land Rover are now owned by India's largest automobile firm, Tata Motors.
what do you think?
You can thank Maggie for that!
No need to single out Maggie for such honours. You can thank the whole of the Lib/Lab/Con Bilderburg conference loving establishment over a period of 50 plus years.
I used to drive thr xk140 and e type,great cars,so was most british cars in the fifties and sixties until our left wing idiots took over,and now we have nothing.
we didn't move with the times, get over it.
I hope Adrian Hallmark isn't as stupid as the Jaguar management were when the first Etype was made and they refused to send one to the Museum of Modern Art in New York as an art object which woudl have generated enormous sales. If this new model is anything like as beautiful as the original was it needs putting on display in the MoMA
You could probably buy a decent Jaguar body these days for £2,000 then replace the engine with something less stupid, such as a 70 mpg Ford diesel.
the jaguar engine is a ford engine
Those early Jags. had style and class something sadly missing in this country today
agree there is only fashion no style and no class .
the post by .. who ever you are i couldnt agree more this country isnt ours it belongs to foreigners great britain rip the worst is yet to come theses no way out now
There is a way out ! but judging by the comments we get on here, not much chance of it coming to fruition. They " never " lose confidence in the Lib/Lab/Cons,
Dyson has moved it's production abroad hence creating a greater skills shortage among the youths and young adults. Decisions like that only contribute to what happened last summer.
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Its about time a new gen Jag Sports car came out and who cars if it will only do 10mpg its the principle of a sports car If it did 70+mpg it would be a normal car and unworthy of the F-Type name. I think in the modern age a W12 or W16 engine would do nicely with a proper manual dsg gearbox.