2014 Jaguar F-Type leaked
We all knew the upcoming 2014 Jaguar F-Type
would closely resemble the C-X16 concept
shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show (in coupe form), and Jaguar hasn't exactly been shy about trotting the production F-Type out for appearances. But thanks to a series of recent leaks, including new shots of the interior, we can now see the hot new roadster in all its glory.
While the details are closely tied to the C-X16--nearly identical, in fact, especially at the front end--there's something about the finished production version's styling that doesn't meld quite as well as the concept. Perhaps it's the absence of the coupe's roof in the three roadsters shown here.
Whatever it is, however, it's not a big deal--the F-Type looks great. It also looks rather compact for a modern Jaguar, and that, to us, equates to fun--provided Jag got the mechanical details right. Given what we already know about the F-Type, we tend to think they have.
When it finally goes on sale, just in time for summer of 2013, the F-Type will come in three different flavors
. The base model will come with a 335-horsepower version of Jaguar's new supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine, and this will be followed by a mid-spec model with a 375-horsepower version of this same engine.
The range-topper, which is expected to be called the F-Type R, will get an updated version of Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, with peak output somewhere in excess of 400 horsepower.
The good news is that it appears a conventional manual transmission, revealed in one of the pics, will be offered alongside the expected eight-speed ZF automatic.
What do you think? Is the F-Type's design, now freed from its camo prison, a success? Or is it just another variation on Jaguar's modern theme--nice, but nothing special?
We'll have more information and details on the F-Type soon, including live photos and coverage from the 2012 Paris Auto Show
on Thursday, so stay tuned.