• Jan 29, 2008
click above for more high-res images of the Jaguar F-Type Concept

It's full speed ahead for Jaguar, which seems determined not to miss a single beat even as it prepares to switch ownership from Ford to Tata. As if an all-new XJ flagship sedan weren't enough to keep the transitioning British automaker busy, rumors are now circulating that Jaguar is preparing a proper sportscar, more hardcore than the XK grand tourer.

You may recognize the image above as the F-Type roadster that Jaguar unveiled to rave reviews at the Detroit show in 2000. Unfortunately, Jag's lagging sales – and the Aston Martin ceiling – forced Ford PAG to cancel the program, but Jaguar is reportedly preparing to present the case to its new owners. However, while the F-Type would have competed with the Porsche Boxster, Jaguar is said to have its sight set on the elusive benchmark of the Porsche 911 for its newest sportscar.

[Source: The Sun]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      is it me, or the front looks alot like the portguese 'vinci gt'?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpFORry_jms
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think that Jaguar needs to concentrate on being upscale, unique cars competing more directly against Lexus (softer, more luxurious) than the Germans. Jag should resist the temptation to stick aluminum ("aluminium") applique on their dashes and concentrate on wood, leather and wool (yes, wool) as the touch surfaces of their interiors. There isn't much more sophisticated than a high-tech interior with old world luxury appointments as ONLY the Brits can do.

      I hope Jag continues to make cars that are both feline and feminine in nature - stuffed with all the high-tech goodness and great handling - but more like a living animal and less like an appliance in nature....ergo, the wood, leather and wool.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Serious question: Why did the Americans remove the "i" from Aluminium?
      • 7 Years Ago
      that should be "on making a car..."
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jaguar should make a new rear wheel drive X Type, and use Volvo's five cylinder engine at 2 and 2.5 litres to start with. If it was given a fresh, modern, non retro look, I belive it would sell well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There is no margin in low end cars...so you gain very little per unit...and, theoretically, make it up in volume. But Jaguar is a luxury car maker - not a chevrolet - and is not geared to produce the Malibu - like volumes that you need to survive on entry level cars. That is why the Lexus ES is a Camry and the Jag X was a Mondeo.

        Not Jaguar!

        They need to go take share from the teutons and asians with some Old English passion and style.

        Cheers!
        • 7 Years Ago
        The concept of the small X Type was good, it's just the end result that was a joke. BMW, Merceedes and Audi also make luxury cars, but they also have the A4/A3, The 3/1 Series and the C/A Class. They know that most people looking for the badge, will buy those cars, and I see a lot more of these cars on the road, than a XK for instance. These German car companies are making money and sales, Jaguar isn't, that should tell them something.
      • 7 Years Ago
      911 Elusive? Hasn't Corvette completely overpowered it on all performance levels?

      That said Jag should focus on being sold back to a real automotive company.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What? TATA is the LARGEST automotive manufacturer in India. They may not be FIAT, GM, or Toyota but they are certainly a "real automotive company".

        TATA is exactly the company Jaguar needs. TATA wants to show the world it can compete in the global market, what better way to show off that ability than to bring Jaguar out for the depths?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Out for OR "out of"? :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can understand the game that Corvette brings on paper, but I can't get past the cheese-ball/Chachi stereotype of those who drive them...I'll take the 'boy racer' aura of the GT-R any day.
      • 7 Years Ago
      --911 Elusive? Hasn't Corvette completely overpowered it on all performance levels?---

      All except: build quality, ride quality, desirability, styling, interior quality and day to day livability.
      I'm not the biggest fan of the 911 but there are not many cars that are all round as good as it, tough act to follow, I'd love to see Jag have a go though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        agreed
        • 7 Years Ago
        Couldn't have said it better myself. I agree with everything you said about both the corvette and the porsche.
      • 7 Years Ago
      how many times have we seen this picture and heard this rumour over the last 5-10 years? seriously, somebody tell me
        • 7 Years Ago
        seriously, it seems like once every 6 months
      • 7 Years Ago
      A Boxster level car would be superior in many ways to a 911 car. It would be more exciting, sell more, and would not overlap with the XK in any way.

      Also a nice, flexible RWD layout could then go on and be used for sedans (a la Infiniti).

      The problem being that if they just come out with an average roadster that isn't drop, dead sexy, then people who want a roadster will either get the Porsche or an SLK or something.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think this is great news. Jaguar needs to diversify to get back into the black. Making a vehicle that can run with the A4, 3 Series, C Series cars of the world is not where they should focus their energies. The biggest reason being that market is too competitive.

      They should get to work on both a 911 AND a Boxster fighter. Jaguar is still seen as a pedigree sports car manufacturer. They just need to produce more than just the grand touring XK. There is no clear winner in the 911/DB9/360 (granted the ZR-1 is a monster) arena or the Boxster/TT/Z4 cage. It makes sense to enter into the fights where the playing field is more level; as opposed to ones where one car is the outright dominant leader (3 Series).

      The new XK is incredible and has received nothing but rave reviews. The XF will do very well despite its odd Sebring-esq headlights. A redesigned XJ - that is supposedly a more aggressive take on the XF Concept - will be a show-stopper and a street sensation. Throw in a true sports car and a roadster and there will be a groundswell of enthusiasm for Jaguars rejuvenation.

      /unabashed Jaguar enthusiast.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I might be mistaken but shouldn't the V8 Vantage be clubbed with the 911? The DB9 is more of a GT car. And what's the 360 doing in there? The 360 has long been replaced by the F430.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They must be smoking some kind of illegal substance at Jaguar. When was the last time they showed a profit? Apparently that does not matter because they continue to roll out these pie-in-the-sky proposals that come to nothing. Even if they build the car it comes to nothing - as in no profit.
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