The Jaguar F-Type is a two-seat sports car, based on a shortened platform of the XK convertible, manufactured by British manufacturer Jaguar Cars from 2013. It is the spiritual successor to the famous E-Type. It is also the replacement for the Jaguar XK.

The car was launched initially as a soft-top convertible, later with a coupé version launched in 2013.

Jaguar F-Type S - Flickr - Alexandre Prévot
Jaguar F-Type
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Production 2013-Present
Class Supercar / Sports car
Body Style 2-door roadster

2-door coupé

Length 4,470 mm (176 in)
Width 1,923 mm (75.7 in)
Height 1,308 mm (51.5 in)
Wheelbase 2,622 mm (103.2 in)
Weight 1,725 kg (3,802 lb) F-TYPE V6 S

1,735 kg (3,825 lb) F-TYPE V6 S Coupe 1,803 kg (3,974 lb) F-TYPE V8 S 1,777 kg (3,917 lb) F-TYPE Coupe R 1,854 kg (4,088 lb) F-TYPE Coupe R AWD

Transmission 8-speed ZF 8HP automatic

6-speed ZF 6HP manual

Engine 3.0 L V6 S/C petrol 340 PS (250 kW)

3.0 L V6 S/C petrol 380 PS (279 kW) 5.0 L V8 S/C petrol 495 PS (364 kW) 5.0 L V8 S/C petrol 550 PS (405 kW) 5.0 L V8 S/C petrol 575 PS (423 kW) (Project 7)

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Similar Jaguar C-X16 Concept
Designer Matthew Beaven (2010, 2011)

Ian Callum

C-X16 concept (2011) Edit

Main article: Jaguar C-X16 Concept

The C-X16 form takes cues from Jaguar's 2010 C-X75 plug-in hybrid concept supercar, including the shape of the front grille and the wrap-around rear lights, and also has a side-hinged opening rear window reminiscent of the 1961 E-Type.

The C-X16, was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Jaguar stated that the C-X16 was their smallest car since the 1954 Jaguar XK120, at: 4,445 mm (175.0 inches) length; 2,048 mm (80.6 inches) width; 1,297 mm (51.1 inches) height.

The F-Type was developed under the project code "X152".

F-Type Convertible (2013–) Edit

The convertible version of F-Type was first revealed in Sundance, London which was followed by a presentation at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed (with an F-Type chassis).

F-Type Coupé (2014–) Edit

The coupé version was unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show (F-Type R Coupé) and 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, followed by 2013 Jaguar Academy of Sport Annual Awards, an exclusive event in Canary Wharf, London.

The vehicle was set to go on sale in spring 2014. Launch models scheduled include the F-Type (340 PS), F-Type S (380 PS) and F-Type R (550 PS).

F-Type SVR (2016-) Edit

At the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016, Jaguar unveiled the F-Type SVR. It features the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 from the V8 S and R, but with 575 PS (423 kW; 567 bhp) and 680 N·m (500 lb·ft), launching the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds and to a top speed of 322 km/h (200 mph), making it the first Jaguar since the XJ220 to reach 200 mph (322 km/h). It is available in both Coupe and Convertible versions, but only with all-wheel-drive.

Technical details Edit

Chassis Edit

The F-Type uses an all-aluminium chassis, sound and vibration insulation is provided by the addition of a special underbody tray and engine mounts, and a double bulkhead between the engine bay and passenger compartment. The convertible roof is an electrically operated retractable fabric hood. Jaguar says by eschewing metal it can keep the car's centre of gravity low, while aThinsulate layer means thermal and sound insulation is akin to a solid roof.

Powertrain Edit

The entry-level model uses Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine, produces 340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp), 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 5.1 seconds, and a top speed of 161 mph (259 km/h). Next is the F-TYPE S, with the same engine tuned for 380 PS (279 kW; 375 hp), a top speed of 171 mph (275 km/h), and 0 to 60  mph in 4.8 seconds. Next in the range is the V8 R, with Jaguar’s 5.0-litre, 550 PS (400 kW; 540 hp) supercharged petrol engine, a top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h), and 0 to 60  mph in 4.0 seconds. Topping the range is the SVR, with the same engine tuned for 575 PS (423 kW; 567 hp) a top speed of 200 mph (320 km/h), and 0 to 60  mph in 3.5 seconds. The layout is front-engined , rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel drivefor AWD models. The gearbox is an eight-speed automatic with paddle-shifters offering manual override. In 2015, the F Type now introduced the ZF six-speed manual. This transmission is only available for the V6 models. There is a mechanical limited-slip differential on the V6 S and an electronic limited-slip differential on the V8.

Model[2] Years Body Style Engine type Power@rpm, Torque@rpm Emissions (CO2)
3.0-litresuperchargedV6 petrol 2013– Coupe & Convertible 2,995 cc (183 cu in) (AJ126) 340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp)@6500, 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)@3500–5000 199 g/km
3.0-litresuperchargedV6 petrol 2013– S Coupe & Convertible 2,995 cc (183 cu in) (AJ126) 380 PS (279 kW; 375 hp)@6500, 460 N·m (339 lb·ft)@3500–5000 203 g/km
5.0-litresuperchargedV8 petrol 2013–2014 V8 S Convertible 5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133) 495 PS (364 kW; 488 hp)@6500, 625 N·m (461 lb·ft)@2500–5500 255 g/km
5.0-litresuperchargedV8 petrol 2014– R Coupe & Convertible 5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133) 550 PS (405 kW; 542 hp)@6500, 680 N·m (502 lb·ft)@2500–5500 255 g/km
5.0-litresuperchargedV8 petrol 2014– Project 7 Convertible, SVR Coupe & Convertible 5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133) 575 PS (423 kW; 567 hp), 680 N·m (502 lb·ft) 269 g/km

Performance Edit

Model Engine Power@rpm Torque@rpm 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) Top Speed
F-Type V6 2,995 cc (183 cu in) (AJ126) 340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp)@6500 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)@3500–5000 5.1 seconds 259 km/h (161 mph)
F-Type V6 S 2,995 cc (183 cu in) (AJ126) 380 PS (279 kW; 375 hp)@6500 460 N·m (339 lb·ft)@3500–5000 4.8 seconds 275 km/h (171 mph)
F-Type V8 S 5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133) 495 PS (364 kW; 488 hp)@6500 625 N·m (461 lb·ft)@2500–5500 4.3 seconds 300 km/h (186 mph)
F-Type R 5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133) 550 PS (405 kW; 542 hp)@6500 680 N·m (502 lb·ft)@2500–5500 4.0 seconds 300 km/h (186 mph)
F-Type SVR 5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133) 575 PS (423 kW; 567 hp) 680 N·m (502 lb·ft) 3.5 seconds 322 km/h (200 mph)
F-Type Project 7 5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133) 575 PS (423 kW; 567 hp) 680 N·m (502 lb·ft) 3.9 seconds 300 km/h (186 mph)

Suspension Edit

The F-Type has double-wishbone front and rear suspension with adaptive dampers and adjustable suspension settings to allow the driver to adjust ride and handling. The F-TYPE has a total of 25 different driving modes programmed to suit different road conditions and driving styles.

Interior Edit

The F-Type interior has a two-seater setup with the leather interior and control buttons finished in aluminium. There is a touchscreen display in the centre console and another TFT display between the dials in the instrument panel. There is also a choice of flat-bottom or alcantara finish for the three-spoke steering wheel and buttons finished in soft-feel matt black.

Equipment Edit

Jaguar has introduced a stop-start engine shutoff function, which Jaguar claims boosts economy by 5 percent.

The F-Type has bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, along with full LED lighting at the rear. The S and V8 S versions get an “active exhaust system” which opens special valves over 3,000 rpm to intensify the sound profile.

There is a retractable rear wing spoiler and door handles that are left hidden with the bodywork until needed. The fabric hood raises or lowers in 12 seconds, and can be used when the car is moving at up to 48 km/h (30 mph).

The audio systems offered, use Meridian technology with either 380 W spread across ten speakers or 770 W across twelve speakers.

Production Edit

Jaguar UK ambassador José Mourinho became the first customer to take delivery of the new F-Type Coupé in March 2014.

Worldwide sales Edit

Year Sales
2013 6,377
2014 11,506
2015 11,662

Marketing and reception Edit

In August 2012, it was announced that American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey would be the face of the F-Type, which premiered at the Paris Motor Showin September 2012. The car won Car of The Year at the 2013 Middle East Motor Awards.

In April 2013 a short film called Desire was launched at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival  to promote the Jaguar F-TYPE. Directed by Adam Smith fromRidley Scott Associates, starring Damian Lewis, Jordi Molla and Shannyn Sossamon. New Musical Express called the film "typically sumptuous promo features heavy product placement".

As part of convertible launch celebration in the UK, Jaguar launched its #YourTurnBritain campaign; inviting people to share photos that encapsulate the best of modern Britain through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr. The best images submitted would win one of four unforgettable F-TYPE driving experiences. A fleet of Union Jack liveried F-TYPEs embarked on a 'Best of British' promotional tour as part of the car's launch activity and Jaguar's #YourTurnBritain social media campaign, with the help of ambassadors Jamie Campbell Bower, Alice Temperley, MistaJam, Graeme Swann and Jimmy Anderson. The tour started in London in August 2013 and visited Leeds and Newcastle (12th), Edinburgh and Glasgow (13th), Manchester and Liverpool (14th), Sheffield, Nottingham and Birmingham (15th) Cardiff, Bristol and Oxford (16th). Londoners would also be able to see the cars from 12–23 August as they took residence at Canary Wharf.

David Gandy was featured in a Jaguar F-TYPE convertible film titled 'Escapism'. In the film, Gandy gives us insight into his life as he invites us on a road trip that starts at dusk as he escapes 'the craziness of London'. David Gandy: Escapism features the style icon driving his favourite British heritage cars from the C-Type, E-Type and XKSS, through to the very latest F-TYPE. The film was previewed at 2013 Goodwood Revival.

As part of F-TYPE coupé launch in the US, a 60-second TV commercial titled 'Rendezvous' was premiered the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII. In addition, a dozen New York City Subway trains were wrapped with ads advertising the F-TYPE in preparation for the Super Bowl XLVIII. On February 2, 2014, Jaguar unveiled the new coupe through a Super Bowl advertisement. The "British Villains" campaign (created by SPARK44, managed by Mindshare) captures the premise that Brits have long made the best villains in landmark films, combining intelligence with charm, restlessness with calm, and are always confident. Jaguar emphasised the idea that British were considered "bad" by Americans because of Hollywood movies always portraying villains to be British. Sir Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Strong all support the villainous way of life as being good. Using these "villains" as the face of Jaguar helped support the edgy side of the luxury brand. This Super Bowl advertisement also challenged other luxury automotive markets in the US stating that Jaguar is just as edgy or maybe more than the other luxury automotive brands. The 'Rendezvous' commercial launched the campaign, which introduces the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe and features the campaign's unique hashtag, #GoodToBeBad. Following the 'Rendezvous' commercial premiere at Super Bowl XLVIII, 'The Set-Up' commercial was premiered on 2014-01-11-12, and the YouTube premiere of 'Rendezvous' on 2014-01-28. "Rendezvous" was filmed by Hooper in London in a creative partnership with his Smuggler Films production house. The spot's original score for "Rendezvous" was composed and conducted by Alexandre Desplat, who worked with Tom Hooper on The Kings Speech and recorded by The London Symphony Orchestra at the iconic Abbey Road studios. Jaguar also hosted the campaign page,, with information about the F-TYPE Coupe, the commercial and some unique video content including teasers starring each of the three actors. In addition to broadcast, the multi-channel campaign's Super Bowl efforts included unique outdoor creative throughout New York City, print, digital and consumer activations hosted with a wide array of media partners, and special events in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. The British Villains campaign continues with regularly updated content through July 2014.

As part of Jaguar F-Type Coupé launch in China, David Beckham joined Jaguar as a brand ambassador. The print creative material used in this campaign was produced by fashion photographer and filmmaker Peter Lindbergh.

Limited editions Edit

Project 7 Edit

The Project 7 is based on the F-Type Convertible, powered by a 5.0 V8 Supercharged engine, developing 575 PS (423 kW). Only up to 250 will be made and is Jaguar's most powerful production car ever. The body is 100% aluminium, reminiscing historical D-Type LeMans winner.  Visually, it sports an 'Aero Haunch' behind the driver, similar to 1950s D-Type, a quad exhaust and additional rear spoiler. It has a claimed acceleration of 0-60 mph in 3.8 secs and top speed: 186 miles per hour (299 km/h). Singer and car enthusiastBrian Johnson drove the prototype car on the first programme of the second series of Cars That Rock, and announced at the end of the programme that he had bought one of the 250 production cars.

The Project 7 is a skunkworks design made by Italian-Brazilian designer César Pieri. It was discovered by chance when Pieri accidentally showed it to Jaguar chief-designer Ian Callum. The concept then became a functional prototype and eventually reached production.

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