• Jun 3, 2009
Jaguar's owner Ratan Tata has made it clear that he wants to expand Jag's sportscar offerings beyond the scope of the current XK, and this is what the British rumormill has cooked. Dubbed the C-Type, the renderings depict a compact two-door roadster to rival the likes of Porsche's Boxster, BMW's Z4, Mercedes' SLK and Nissan's 370Z. With a lightweight aluminum chassis and powertrain options to potentially include a 235hp V6, 380hp V8 and 3.0-liter turbodiesel, the C-Type could offer exciting performance in a compact package, like Aston's Vantage, but at a fraction of the price. Although in the present climate Jaguar would do well to take things one step at a time, the report speculates that the diminutive C-Type could come in addition to a 911-rivaling E-Type successor and an R8-battling supercar. Likely? Not quite. Exciting? Most definitely. Hat tip to Mo for the news!
[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow.

      This should be on sale right now, that looks absolutely fantastic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's an attractive design, but personally, I think that they should refrain from reissuing the C-Type name unless the car is extraordinary. That's a part of Jaguar's heritage that shouldn't be tossed around lightly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The problem that Jag has now, and has had for the past 20 years or so, is that they forgot that the reason the E was so successful is that it was CHEAP. Everyone seems to forget that. The E-Type was an inexpensive sports car that had category-beating performance. This car needs to be Miata priced with Z4 performance. As the owner of an E-Type, I've been dreaming of a modern incarnation for years but all these concept cars miss the point, which is cheap/performance/fun.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "but Jaguar for some reason didn't charge as much as the competition
        and obviously as a result earned less profit and as a result Jaguar
        eventually went under and was forced to merge with BMC in the late
        sixties"

        I should correct this. Jaguar didn't go under but they couldn't fund
        all their future model plans as a result of not having enough profit
        so Jaguar was sold to BMC in hopes of some cost savings and further
        investment but things weren't as rosy at BMC as Jaguar had thought.
        Then later BMC became part of British Leyland etc. There is great
        article about this online that I will link to when I find it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @BoxerFanatic: I was going to respond that you were off base, but then I discovered that you cut-n-pasted your first paragraph without researching it, so I'll just point out that $5595 in 1961 is equivalent to about $35,000 today (more than the Miata, I'll admit - that price is more in line with a Honda S2000). And the E Type was significantly better than the Corvette, Aston, etc. The E was the only production sports car at that time that could approach 150mph. In terms of bang for the buck, the E was unrivaled at that time. Jaguar hasn't had a car that fits that description since the E went out of production.

        Heck, with modern suspension and brake components it's a blast to drive today. I'm not beating many people off the line but I have fun trying.
        • 5 Years Ago
        E-Type was affordable, but it wasn't "cheap". It was $5595 when it was introduced in 1961. More money, and better equipped than the corresponding Corvette, but well under Ferrari or Aston Martin of the day.

        It was somewhat comparable to Corvette, or T-bird, or other sports cars of the time, but was not a bottom-drawer car in the least. Not everyone could afford one, but it was not out of range for people doing fairly well for themselves.

        That is why I suggested above, that they should bring it down to Z4 price range, with better looks and dynamics at least as good... and with optional V8 and Supercharged V8 power, would challenge cars up toward 100K price range, while costing roughly half, give or take.

        The XK8 really should be an XJ-series coupe and convertible, with the luxury focus, higher price tag, and touring emphasis. Big car, with no manual gearbox option... above XKE's placement in the market of it's day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The E-Type was never inexpensive and Jaguars have always been very expensive to produce - design and engineer. Jaguar did always compete head on with Mercedes and Aston Martin sports cars, especially in the 50's and 60's, as well as producing better luxury sport sedans than Mercedes and BMW sedans of the time but Jaguar for some reason didn't charge as much as the competition and obviously as a result earned less profit and as a result Jaguar eventually went under and was forced to merge with BMC in the late sixties. This story is rarely talked about. Since then if you want a Jaguar you are going to have to pay for it just like you would an equivalent Mercedes or BMW. However, in my mind the Jaguar brand is so much more special than Mercedes or BMW.
        The original C-Type was very expensive in 1951, much more than an Aston Martin so I think they should use a different name. Maybe XKC. They could price it starting around $50K US with more powerful versions obviously costing more. This is about the same price as a Porsche Boxster and the all-new BMW Z4. And if it outperforms both then they should charge more. I'll pick one up slightly used for less.
        I love the new 5.0L Jaguar XKR. That thing is such an awesome GT sportscar! But again, you're going to have to pay for it.
        The new XJ launches very soon and I have read rumors of a slightly stretched 4-door XK in development to compete against the Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide.
        I'll say this, it is so nice to see Jaguar back in action once again. I wish them much success.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bloody gorgeous.

      Liftback coupe with supercharged AJ-III 5-liter V8, a manual or dual-clutch gearbox...

      Painted R-spec Kyanite Blue.

      But it should be named XKF. The E-type was not hyper expensive when it was new... nor should this be. I am kind of dissappointed that the XK8 has gone so far up-market, and gotten away from it's true sports car XK roots, more toward touring, which was XJ's role.

      I would bring the XK nameplate back down out of the upper atmosphere, between 40 and 65K, depending on options, perhaps with a base V6, V8 and R-package supercharged V8... somewhat alongside XF. But XKC, D, and E have already been used. Don't re-use them, this is a new car, not a retro-rehash. Nor should it be a straight re-hash. XF sedan and XKF coupe/convertible would fit well together as a model line.

      This would BLOW Z4 out of the water. It might also seriously undercut the Aston Martin Vantage's appeal, by being more attainable, and still quite attractive and V8 powered. They are no longer automotive siblings, so one does not have to cater to the other's market position. Jag can give Aston a long-reach uppercut, if it wants to.

      If they feel the need to keep the XK8's lux role and price point, on it's next revision, rename it and appoint it to XJ coupe and convertible, alongside the new XJ sedan, with visual commonalities to the XJ sedan. Throughout the late 70s to mid 90s, the XJ was offered as sedan, coupe, and convertible, distinct but similar.

      But it isn't the same as a mid-engined Porsche, or a mid-engined Audi. For that, they need a halo car, more in the vein of the XJ13, and the XJR15, and the flat-as-a-pancake XJ220, but brought down to the ~$100K pricepoint to start, with an aluminum mid-engined AJ-III chassis, perhaps with a V12 adapted from the AJ-V8 series. They could even call it XR, with the R-spec logo built right into the definition of the name.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @EXP Jawa: Totally agree. "C-Type" should be off-limits for re-use (so should D-Type).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very sexy. And such a tease....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jaguar has needed this car forever. Looks like they're revisiting the F-Type idea from early this decade. About friggin' time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I had 1$ for every great looking drawing auto express made and that didn't made it to production, I would be buying Donald Trump's organization.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad - i'd rather see it come from the pen (or digital design board) of I.C. and have it be official...but not bad at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      holy f... just stunning 8O
      • 5 Years Ago
      This may not be immediately in the cards for Jaguar, but you know Ian and his crew have doodle sessions where they contemplate the next vehicles they want to design for Jaguar. There is no reason to think that Jaguar in the next decade can't be what Audi is to this decade.

      Major changes are afoot at Jaguar and we are all going to be greatly appreciative of the efforts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whatever Rich. Ever hear of a very small British sports car company called Lotus. Or maybe a small German sports car company called Porsche. If you have great talent then you will have great product. I think Jaguar has some great designers and engineers just waiting for the green light on some phenomenal future products. Jaguar has finally been set free to produce the cars they want.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "There is no reason to think that Jaguar in the next decade can't be what Audi is to this decade. "

        tata ain't Vag group
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually my post is more directed at Motor_Yakuza. Jaguar and Land Rover operate independent of Tata. They aren't trying to be a VAG. Read my above post.

        "Major changes are afoot at Jaguar and we are all going to be greatly appreciative of the efforts."

        Definitely!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought they killed Pontiac and the Solstice?
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