2014 F-Type roadster
won’t hit dealers until the middle of next year (assuming no significant project delays), but Jaguar is already hard at work drumming up attention for its upcoming sports car.
The luxury automaker has already released camouflaged teaser images of the F-Type, and there are plenty of spy shot images to be found on the internet, but its public debut will come at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, set for June 28 - July 1.
To be clear, Jaguar is showing off what it calls a “development prototype,” which likely means it will still be wearing its newsprint disguise. It won’t be just a static exhibit, though, as Jaguar’s head of vehicle integrity, Mike Cross, is set to drive the car up Goodwood Hill.
In the words of Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s global brand director, “The development program is progressing with vigor and we look forward to showing the world the F-Type in production form later this year.” We'll take that as a good sign that key project milestones continue to be met, and that extreme-condition testing is going well.
When the Jaguar F-Type debuts in 2013, the roadster will be powered by either a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6
or a 5.0-liter V-8 engine
. Expect to see extensive use of aluminum throughout the F-Type’s construction, and expect it to be the best-handling, sharpest-edged Jaguar built in years. There's even an F-Type R
in the works, for those wanting the fastest version of Jaguar's latest roadster.