How can you not be excited to see Jaguar getting back into the sports car business with a modern-day interpretation of the classic E-Type? Well, there is that one little issue with the F-Type powertrain that Jag announced during the Beijing Motor Show. In this day and age, a 380-horsepower V6 just doesn't cut it, supercharged or not. At least not when Mustangs are packing 662 horses.

Yes, we know the horsepower wars have lately gotten out of hand, but if Jaguar wants the F-Type to be taken seriously, it just plain needs a V8. And according to Car and Driver, it's going to be getting one. At least, eventually.

C/D says the F-Type will eventually get a version of Jag's 5.0-liter V8, although it doesn't know which one. Speculation says the supercharged variants in 470- and 550-horsepower states of tune are the most likely, as the base V8 only makes five more horsepower than the planned V6. The report also surmises that the initial roadsters will be six-cylinders when they debut in 2013, with the V8 models appearing further on in the production cycle.


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      Elliot Pearl-Sacks
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've got to disagree with the concept that smaller sports cars like the F-type "need" more than 400 hp. Yes, the GT500 has 660 hp. That's great. But the GT500 is a big american muscle car. It's not a small, lithe jaguar. This car is no more competing with the GT500 than is the Lamborghini Aventador. This car's real competitors, cars like the Porsche boxster (max hp 315), the BMW z4 (max hp 335) the Mercedes SLK (max hp 415), and maybe even the Lotus Evora (max hp 345), are still great, and don't have anywhere near 600 horses. Cars such as these, especially the boxster and the evora, are incredibly popular among auto journalists, and what makes them so incredible is that they provide amazing feedback and handling along with plenty of acceleration. I thought that the superiority of handling over horsepower, especially in sports cars, had become a truism among dedicated auto journalists, but I guess I'm being proven wrong. Leave the big horsepower to the American muscle. I'm not going to deny that it's fun too, but if that's what you want, there's already plenty available. If you're looking at this car, however, it's obvious that you're interested in more than just brute force, and I hope that Jaguar remembers that.
      ZenDriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting news. Now just imagine the F-Type with a V8 and 6-speed manual. Then again, the supercharged V6 with a 6-speed manual would be lighter, better balanced, and handle better. Or how about offering both? One focused on nimble handling, the other focused on, as Clarkson would put it, "POWERRRR!!!" Jaguar: Decisions, decisions...
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      a V8 is nice.....but the V6 in this test mule sure sounds glorious. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QFqv0MniuGg#!
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AJ
        I hear your V6 F-Type, and while it sounds quite nice... I raise you the sound of the 5.0 liter V8 in the XKR-S. ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wElw6VjaLg
          RR Coor J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          I don't think that's a v6, it sounds like a straight 6 like the old e/d-types. Because of that I think it would suit the car better.. a little nostalgic even
      Jim Nevins
      • 2 Years Ago
      My 2003 XKR is fast approaching the 100K mile mark and at my age I thought it would be my last roadster, but with the announcement of a V8 for the "F Type" I just might go for one more. Good for Tata, I was one of the many that was concerned when they took the reigns at Coventry, but not any more.
      techie69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jaguar is synonymous of sexy, a 662 Mustang is just a pitbull beauty with incapacity of not even taking out the GTR. The author put a nonsense article, the Jag F-type is designed to take on the Porsche Boxter on handling and looks, not a power beast!
      Mike B
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really, how bad is for sportscar to have around 400hp when you can get a Mustang with 662hp? the GT500 is still 3700lbs and still has tires too skinny to correctly put the power down, being RWD and all, even witht he SVT package the tires are no wider than 285. It might be the cheapest 600hp+ car, but it'll also be the slowest by a long shot.
      itchybutt
      • 2 Years Ago
      another sport car cloning mazda rx look
      POV
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this is the true successor to the E-Type, I would love to have seen an inline six version. Ah well, they must have their reasons.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is going to be the most amazing jag ever with the supercharged V8 . I so have to have this car . Now I've found my next sports car .
      JasonERF
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will own this car... at some point! ;) I just wish the coupe would come out first.
      phunkyphoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Speculations about a speculation.... The interwebs can be a very foggy place dude!
      JasonERF
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will own this car... at some point! ;) I just wish the coupe would come out first.
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