There are, however, exceptions to this rule. A prime example is the price differential between Porsche’s Boxster and the slightly more expensive Cayman, although Porsche gets around this by positioning the Cayman as a standalone model.
According to Australia’s Drive, Jaguar will attempt to do something similar with its F-Type range, by pricing its upcoming F-Type Coupe higher than the F-Type convertible which is already on sale and is priced from $69,000 for the base 340-horsepower model.
This is sad news for F-Type fans hoping to buy one for less than $69k but it should mean greater exclusivity. F-Type Coupe owners should also enjoy slightly better performance than owners of the F-Type convertible due to the coupe’s expected lighter weight and inherent strength of having a fixed roof.
It should be noted that the report is based on information for the Australian market so we could still see the F-Type Coupe priced lower the convertible here in the U.S. Sales are expected to commence next summer, making the F-Type Coupe a 2015 model.
We should know more details soon as a concept version of the F-Type Coupe is tipped to be revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show in September before the final production version is presented at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show in November.
Stay tuned for an update.