Jaguar has never been noted for being a humble brand of automobile, but the F-Type, their next production vehicle, sums up their philosophy perfectly. It’s also quite possibly the most advanced car the company has ever put out. Here’s a look under the F-Type’s hood.
Have a V8
First of all, the engine is a five-liter, turbocharged V8. Yes, we know, that was all that we had to say. But the result is a powerful car, even with that engine; the F-Type’s top speed is 186 mph, and that’s only because it’s been electronically limited. The zero to 60 is, of course, quite short; just four seconds, according to Jaguar. Even the V6 versions, which are available, are fairly quick, but why would you buy a V6 for a Jaguar?
Needless to say, it’s got the handling to go with it: Jaguar’s Electronic Active Differential works with the braking to make the car that much more agile.
Light And Fast
The other key innovation is the fact that the F-Type is simultaneously light as a feather and tough as nails. Jaguar has been experimenting with aluminum for quite some time, and the result is a car that weighs less but is still durable. In fact, Jaguar claims that the F-Type is the most “torsionally rigid” production car they’ve ever put out, which considering their work in that area is quite a claim.
Living Up To The Name
Needless to say, you’re probably not going to see too many F-Types in school parking lots, even though Jaguar has designed it with a fairly roomy trunk. This is a car designed to go really fast and be used accordingly, and also bringing some of Jaguar’s technology to bear on a production car; much of the F-Type was found previously in concept cars the company was putting out. Cost will be announced as the car is closer to launch.