Jaguar is calling the new F-type, which will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on September 27, their first driver focused sports car in 50 years. And the UK car company is serious about creating a car that’s fun to drive. At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, a prototype F-Type took part in the famed Hill Climb, where spectators were able to catch a glimpse of a camouflaged convertible version of the F-type roar around narrow corners.
The styling of the F-type closely resembles that of the C-X16 (“C” for concept) that was shown to the public at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. However, unlike the C-X16 that was a hybrid, the F-Type will have two engine options: a supercharged V-6 that produces around 350hp, and a supercharged 5-liter V-8 producing an unknown amount of hp. Both engines will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Jaguar indicates that the car will reach 60 mph in under 5 seconds and will have a top speed of 180 mph – though Jaguar didn’t indicate which engine would be able to achieve such respectable numbers.
In addition to a convertible, Jaguar is said to be working on a coupe and a performance version – for their “R” range – to be released after the Paris Motor Show.
Below are a few photos of the F-Type at Goodwood, and photos of the C-X16 – the concept that inspired the F-Type.