• Jan 14, 2009

Click above to view the 2000 Jaguar F-Type concept in high resolution

Reports from across the pond regarding Jaguar's plans for a new supercar are coming out of the woodwork, but while Autocar contends that Jag is (still) working on the return of the F-type, AutoExpress reports that an all-new mid-engine supercar is coming in concept form within the next year.

While under Ford PAG management, Jaguar cut back its development projects to its core products, but Tata figures there's more than one way to skin a cat. The F-Type was first shown as a concept car in 2000, but was subsequently shelved. However, under Tata's leadership more niche vehicles like the F-Type, which could hit the market by 2011, could make Jaguar a more compelling alternative brand to the big German automakers and help buoy Jaguar's image.

Back in 2001, Jaguar unveiled the R-Coupe concept, which could influence this new Audi R8 competitor. Based on the current XK, and possibly named the XE, the mid-engine coupe would be powered by the XFR's 503-hp supercharged, 5.0-liter V8 and would be the first vehicle from Jag with an engine mounted amidships since the XJ220. According to Jaguar's managing director, Mike O'Driscoll, the "XK is the car that began a revolution for us, but it's not the end of the story. I firmly believe the best car we could build to compliment this is a flagship coupe." If it does come to fruition, expect the XE to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010.


[Source: Autocar, AutoExpress]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the ass-end, but there's something about the face that just doesn't do it for me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its nice they want to go R8 baiting, but they hardly have mid-engined expertise at this point. More importantly they don't have a platform to borrow from to gain expertise on. I'll bet if they do introduce a two-seater it will be competition for a Boxster - and very likely front engined.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are right. Competing with Porsche was what F-Type was supposed to be all about but the cost of having a mid-ship engine set up killed the project.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This should be interesting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A mid-mounted sports car would help to explain why Jaguar showed off the new AJ-V8 with a fully blown 600hp and no speed limiter. Snuggle that engine in the back side of mid/rear sports car designed by Ian Callum and you have a petrol head's wet dream.

      As for the F-Type pictured; that was a concept from 2000. We are all but guaranteed to see none of that styling follow into the next iteration of the possible E-Type successor. Design styles have changed and the designers of that car are gone. I think Ian can come up with a much better design anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As far as I'm concerned, the F-Type is supposed to be more roadster (TT), less supercar (R8).
      • 6 Years Ago
      The mid engined model could be cool, but I'm more excited about the possibility of a production version of the F-Type Concept.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1!

        Hopefully they mean (front) mid-engine where the motor is mounted behind the centerline of the front wheels. Otherwise I won't really be a Jaguar...will it.
      • 6 Years Ago
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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wouldn't the enormous amount of money spent on this be utilized in a more productive way? Like...you know... FIXING the awful front-end of the XF?!?! For the life of me, i will never grasp why they didn't stick to the concept design, and I will never buy crap like "the headlights were overheating"... For years this has bugged me, if you don't know how to make the headlights, pay someone that knows, to do it for you, is it that hard.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i'll give you my conspiracy theory as to why the headlights are so awful.

        Ford is still capitan of the HMS Jaguar. Ian Callum and co. come out with this new concept called the C-XF and it is a STUNNER! Ford wants to sell Jaguar but they know that they'll need a hook. The new XJ is too far off so they sign off on the C-XF. However, the signature comes with stipulations. Those lights are great on the concept but to use a full LED front cluster is too expensive, so they force them to use traditional headlights. Ford knows that car will still sell well even with the bad style headlights and this way if they can't sell the company they can still avoid taking a bath in high costs associated with using a full LED front headlight cluster.

        That is my theory. Jaguar wanted LEDs but couldn't get the necessary permission.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That could be it, but i think the concept only had 5 or 6 small leds around the round main units. Those could have easily been optional, or standart only on the V8 models, while the mains are HIDs. They look a bit like the ones found on aston martins, like the V8 Vantage:

        http://media.automotive.com/izmo/pix_320/aston%20martin/v8%20vantage/2007/3co/headlight.jpg

        True, not cheap, but this is not a cheap car either, and jaguar should be able to affrod some class. Not to mention that AM and jaguar were ford brands back then. If Audi can afford cool headlams in the new A3, which is way below XF's category, it kinda makes you wonder... Hopefully, Tata will find the cash and do proper lights, maybe for a mid-life facelift
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not with that thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, or anything. What engine are we talking? What platform? There's a reason the R8 is doing well, it's the best driving car Audi's produced, it looks great, and it's unrivaled inside by anything mid engined - and most importantly, No one's doing economies of scale and platform sharing like VAG right now, it's one of the reasons they're doing alright even given the current climate.

        I'm not going to hold my breath on this one. Yes, Tata did have lots of cash pre the nano debacle and current economic climate, now.. well it'll be interesting to see if this thing is a 911 beater like the R8.
      • 6 Years Ago
      so why are the mirrors on the roof?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a Jaguar that thinks it's a bunny.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And why don't companies mount the mirrors on the front fenders any more? Pagani does, but I cant think of any other car company which does such.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Likely because it's just a concept car styling exercise.

        From a practical point of view, if they were mounted in the typical location at the base of the A-pillar, you'd have an amazing view of the rear quarter panel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My spontanious reaction was "ooooh, I like it". So far, i haven't been digging the latest jags (unlike what seems to be everyone else). The XK is ho-hum looking and the XF looks korean. But this looks awesome, even with the puppy-dog-ear mirros.
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