New Jaguar two-seat roadster grabs global spotlight in its debut at 2012 Paris Motor Show
The Jaguar F-Type, an all-new two-seat convertible sports car, was honored with the 2012 Autoweek Editors’ Choice Award for Best in Show at the Paris Auto Show.
The F-Type is an all-new two-seat Jaguar soft-top convertible sports car, which will hot showrooms in the Summer of 2013. Built on a front-engine, lightweight aluminum architecture and rear-wheel drive, the F-Type is engineered to be a true high-performance sports car.
“Sleek, sexy and powerful, the F-Type becomes a new halo for Jaguar,” Autoweek’s Digital Editor Andrew Stoy said. “Put the top down, fire up the engine — especially the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 — and all suddenly becomes right with the world. It’s a car to covet for anyone with a love of sports cars.”
The new Jaguar F-Type represents a return to the company’s heart: a two-seat, convertible sports car focused on performance, agility and driver involvement. It’s a continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches back more than 75 years and encompasses some of the most beautiful, thrilling and desirable sports cars ever built. Joining the XK Convertible and Coupe models, the new F-Type provides Jaguar with a broader line of sports and GT models.
“The all-new Jaguar F-Type, our first new two-seat sports car in 50 years, is incredibly important as it returns Jaguar to the heart of the sports car market and creates a new emotional fulcrum for the entire brand,” said Andy Goss, President Jaguar Land Rover North America. “We appreciate Autoweek‘s recognition of the F-Type’s design and performance credentials and its significance for our company, and car enthusiasts everywhere.”
A front-engined, rear-wheel drive convertible, three models of the F-Type will be available, starting at $69,000. Powered respectively by 340hp and 380hp versions of Jaguar’s new 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engine and a new derivative of its 5.0-liter V8 supercharged unit, each F-Type is engineered for pure dynamic driving reward and stunning performance.