• Jan 13th 2010 at 1:28PM
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1952 Jaguar C-Type – Click above for high-res image gallery

Lovers of Jaguar sports-coupes – of which there are more than a few here at Autoblog – have only had the XK to subsist on for quite some time now. And a silken cat it is, to be sure, but soon it'll have company. According to a report from Inside Line, Coventry is proceeding with preparations to launch an oft-rumored and long-speculated new sportscar.

Tentatively dubbed "C-Type" and (unimaginatively) referred to internally as the "small sports car," the new vehicle will reportedly be based on a new aluminum monocoque chassis. IL indicates that the engine bay will be big enough to accommodate the company's 5.0-liter V8 (supercharged C-Type R, anyone?), but power is is initially expected to come from a turbocharged V6, developed in-house off the V8's architecture. Both coupe and soft-top convertible bodystyles are expected to form part of the formula when the new sportscar arrives to take on the likes of the Mercedes SLK, BMW Z4 and Audi TT within the next two years.

While we eagerly anticipate the C-Type's arrival, our compatriots at IL also report that the rumored XJ coupe – targeting the likes of the Bentley Continental GT and Mercedes CL-Class – is not currently in the running. But given the choice between a small, lightweight sportscar and an oversized coupe, we'll gladly take the former.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Lets hope it is a proper serious sportscar (see: cayman, vette, aston) and not a rich lady's lunch getaway car.

      Shove in a properly-powerful straight six or V8 and give it tall gearing for CAFE and be done with it.

      Something worthy of the heritage . . . not something to chase "personal coupes" from Germany.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugh use the 3.2 and 3.0 Turbo six cylinders that Volvo/Land Rover have. Those motors were designed to be used in transverse FWD/AWD or longitudinal RWD applications.

      I would much rather have a 300-350 hp inline six powered Jag C-Type over a V6 model.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man that thing is clean
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Huh what a Miata, from a cosmetic standpoint, is just as minimalist as that car but with a full height windshield.

        Have you ever driven a car without a real windshield at speed? Not a lot fun believe me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Yep. Beautiful.

        And needless to say, illegal in today's market where every car must be first and foremost a safe cocoon to crash in.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        A Miata is a lot more filled out past the front axle. As are the Solstice, Z4, S2000, and anything else built for the brickwall test.

      • 5 Years Ago
      IMnsHO, the C-Type is the most stunning and feminine auto ever built. Just look at the way those fenders curve gracefully down to that grill!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Call it the XC, simple as that. The XJ Coupe would work though as a CL-Class competitor, while the XK gets moved up to the SL, DB9, etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they call it a C-Type, man, that is going to have some really really high expectations.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks so clean and so beautiful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is now the XK should get a facelift from the new XJ sedan, and BECOME the XJ coupe and convertible.

      A small sports car should be marketed around the Z4 and Boxster price point, V6 and optional V8 and Supercharged V8 engine for the -R model.

      The small sports car should be an XK line car, XKC, XKF coupe/convertible, or XKG, or something... Maybe just XK6 and XK8, denoting cylinder count, or XK4 and XK5 (engine displacement in liters, rounded up to the nearest integer.)

      The current XK coupe and convertible don't even have manual gearboxes... but are nice luxury sport cars... and fit the XJ name more than the XK name, anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just hope it doesn't suck, like the X-type. Or overweight, out of date, and over styled like the XK. Knowing Jaguar, it will though.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Needs larger fenders...

      New cars look like used bars of soap. I like curves on a woman and curves on a car. I am sure I am not the only one. It's what made the original so eye catching.

      Is there a mainstream car designer out there that understands this sentiment? Please design something that is LARGER than an mx-5 (I’m 6’ 3”) that has sexy curves like those from the original C-Type.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, you misunderstood ... I know that the picture at the top of the article was an original c-type. One of the links (http://www.autoblog.com/2009/06/03/rendered-speculation-jaguar-c-type-draws-its-claws/) in the article showed the modern c-type show-car design. That’s the one that I meant to say was bland, compared to the original. I love the 50's C-Type and wish that the retro-design fad going on in some of the car companies would include design elements from that era, especially the curvy fenders.

        I do like the Solstice, still small for me (my eyes line up with the top bar on the windshield). The Porsche Boxster is getting there... I do think they are on the right track with the Porsche Cayman and its rear fenders and fastback lines, very nice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is an original, or a very very close facsimilie of an original C-type. That is not a design study for a new car....

        And I am not sure how you can call the original C-type bland.

        What would you call the XJ13, or the D and E types?

        As for a more modern car, slightly bigger than the Miata... Have you seen a Pontiac Solstice?

        Not that it is as clean as the C-type... but it is the most curvy, least linear designs in years, even the short-lived targa coupe.

        Too bad it was under-developed in interior ergonomics, and such... and now is canned, along with the whole brand.

        The Porsche Boxster, especially the new Spyder, is looking very sexy...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really hope they do this right. The Jaguars from my lifetime have been infinitely boring, except for the XJ220 and XJR15. I've been wanting them to go back to their sports car roots for a long time. Not sure about the name though, but it seems some of the European brands have become as bad as the Americans, like Lincoln, when it comes to understanding their own history and naming systems. Should really be the F-type.
        • 5 Years Ago
        F-type would be a slang colloquialism.

        E-type was actually named XKE, like the XKD and XKC before it. They just liked the nick-name of the letter, plus "-type." And it is a good nickname.

        But an F-type would officially be named XKF, which I think would be a logical name, along side the XF.

        Jag should have two lines. XK smaller, XJ bigger. XK should be an XKF coupe, convertible, and sport sedan XF. Each with an optional -R package... XKF-R, and XF-R

        XJ being larger, including the new luxury XJ sedan, and re-naming the next re-fresh of the current XK8 coupe and convertible to XJ8. Daimler or Vanden Plas, or whatever for the super-luxury versions, and -R sport versions.

        Easy, peasy, lemon-squeezy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tata seems to be bullish with Jaguar.
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