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.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.