Jaguar admits that revealing the F-Type convertible at the Paris Motor Show next month will be a "significant day" in the brand's history. And we think it'll be a significant day for us, as well. After all, the F-Type stems back to being a car that Jaguar showed off in concept form in 2000 when Ford owned the company, but that couldn't live because of miserly sales and fear of competition with Ford-owned Aston Martin. Jag reopened the dialogue in 2008 when Tata took over, and it was given the green light in 2010.

When it arrives next year the Porsche 911-fighting all-aluminum droptop will be powered by either two versions of a supercharged V6 tuned to either 336 or 375 horsepower, or "a derivative" of the supercharged 5.0-liter V8, all running power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed transmission. A coupe version will be heading our way, as well.

Have a look at the press release below for a wee bit more info, and there's a video on the vehicle verification process showing off just a few of the shiny bits.

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10/08/12 -- The F-TYPE, Jaguar's all-new aluminium two-seater sports car, will make its global debut in production form at the Paris Motor Show on 27th September.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said: "The unveiling of the F-TYPE in Paris will be a truly significant day in Jaguar's history as it will mark the company's return to the sports car market, a market it originally helped to create.

"As its sporting forebears did in their era, the F-TYPE will break new ground by delivering stunning sports car performance while vividly demonstrating Jaguar's cutting-edge engineering technologies and world-class design excellence. The next step in Jaguar's sporting bloodline is about to become reality."

The F-TYPE will be launched as a convertible with a choice of three petrol engines: 340PS and 380PS versions of Jaguar's all-new 3.0-litre supercharged V6, and a new derivative of its existing supercharged 5.0-litre V8. All will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission and will be equipped with Stop/Start technology.

Prototype test programme

Following the F-TYPE's 'camouflaged' public drive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June of this year, testing of the final verification prototypes has continued in some of the harshest environments in the world.

As its name suggests, this test programme is designed to verify the staggering amount of design work that was carried out by Jaguar's engineers in the 'virtual world', a process in which the company is an industry leader.

More than half-a-million separate F-TYPE design analyses were carried out comprising 10-million CPU hours of processing, creating more than 300TB of data. Had that same amount of initial design analysis been completed on physical cars, the number of prototype F-TYPEs built would have filled the majority of the UK's motorway network bumper-to-bumper.

The result of all that 'virtual' design work is that Jaguar's engineers are currently concentrating on honing the performance of the physical verification prototypes, to ensure the production F-TYPE delivers truly focused sports car driving reward.

Said Ian Hoban, Jaguar's Vehicle Line Director: "When you are working on a Jaguar sports car the expectations of the world are huge. We're really pleased how the attributes have translated from the virtual simulation work we've done into the physical world.

"Now, we're refining and adding those last few percentage points – that true element of honing which the Jaguar test team are delivering – which will turn a great sports car into an exceptional one."

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Sir Duke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay Z4 (top up) you have just been replaced as the sexiest 3 box coupe on the planet. That is, I hope it is a coupe with a proper trunk lid, and not a freakin' hatchback, fastback or any of that crap. Make mine look exactly like the convertible just in a hardtop.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sir Duke
        The coupe concept had a trunk that opened like a washing machine. I hope they do away with that for the coupe.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really don't get why people fawn over old Jaguars. Sure, some of them are mildly attractive, but they're highly unreliable. Even contemporary Ferraris are more reliable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets see... In about two years I'm going to get an x150 xk to replace my x100 xk8. In about 15 years I'll have an F type. Well, unless I finance.,..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thoughts on how much if this car will come from the ford parts bin?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Jaguar is not owned by Ford any longer. Are you sure you are into cars?
          • 3 Years Ago
          For some reason people think Ford messed up Jag. Really Fords investment in Jag (castle Bromich) and improved quality x300 xj for instance were advances. The v8 originally had problems but they were ironed out by 03. The xtypr/s type automatics were also troublesome. But the post 03 models are much better.Ford revived Jag and deserves a bit of credit in that regard. Of course Tata has taken the ball and run with it...,
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw one of these driving down route 80 followed closely by an XK-R. At one point the F-type took off and it looked like the XK-R had trouble keeping up. No idea what engine it had in it, but it definitely boogied.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please let the coupe be as close as possible to the original one! #Sexy
      • 3 Years Ago
      YES! Coupe version! YES! YES there is a Gawd of Speed! YAY!
      Mike McDonald
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car will change the sports car industry. But... I'm sad it has a V6 and not an inline one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike McDonald
        the AJ16 was a great engine: durable, smooth, and put out decent power. It's a shame they didn't keep that instead of the Ford modular v6!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I haven't been paying attention. How does this fit in with the C-X16 concept unveiled last year?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Cx-16 is its own deal, that I will take seriously after the first one is delivered
      • 3 Years Ago
      The two things about this that worry me are the new v6 and new 8 speed. I hope both are extremely well tested. Now that Jaguar has its rep back for building quality cars I'd had to see teething problems set the company back. I'd prefer a proven six speed manual for the first cars.
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