The particular prototype you see here is for the high-performance F-Type V8 S, as evidenced by its quad-exhaust tips and burly V-8 growl. Output for this range-topping model will lie at 495 horsepower.
Other engine variants for the F-Type coupe will mirror those found in its convertible sibling. This means a 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in the base model and a 380-horsepower version of this engine in the mid-range F-Type S.
An eight-speed automatic will be standard and is likely to be joined by an available six-speed manual transmission.
Note, there’s talk that the F-Type’s engine lineup will be expanded--in both directions. At the entry level, expect to see a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder join the fold while at the other end of the spectrum we should see a more potent version--or versions--of the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8.
An F-Type coupe is something that’s been mooted ever since the reveal of the F-Type-previewing C-X16 concept car at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, which itself was a coupe. Apart from its roof, the car should be identical to the F-Type convertible.
Hopefully, the price of the F-Type coupe will undercut the $69k starting price of the base F-Type convertible. That should make an already enticing car even more desirable.
For a taste of its performance, be sure to read our First Drive report on the convertible.