The coupe version of the stunning new Jaguar F-Type convertible sports car is seen here testing at the Nürburgring and on some of the German race track’s surrounding roads. The car is expected to debut next summer, most likely as a 2015 model.

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.


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