After first driving the 2014 Jaguar F-Type in Spain this spring, we came away mighty impressed. Of course, if you had to pin us down for a top three wish list of what improvements we'd like to see, we'd probably hit you with something like: 1) Less weight. 2) Less weight and 3) Less weight. Oh, and if we're feeling presumptuous, maybe some additional transmission choices.

Despite leveraging aluminum for the body and chassis, this Jaguar is still a bit of a fat cat compared to its rival models from Porsche. We never felt like it was lacking for power in any of its three supercharged trims, least of them the 495-horsepower V8 S, which is a genuine madman. We knew the variants would come, though – a quick look at the rest of Jag's lineup provides all the evidence you need of that. And so we're not surprised to see word of a hyper-powered F-Type on the horizon, an R-S version. What is surprising, however, is a new report that put its motivation at over 700 horsepower and its top speed at 200+ mph. Us? We're just hoping the latter figure comes at least partially as a result of a hardcore diet.

This F-Type R-S news comes according to the rumormongers at AutoExpress, who expect the high-power Brit to come in coupe form, at least initially. We still haven't seen the debut of the fixed-head F, but plenty of spy shots suggest its arrival is imminent. Wildly, AE posits that Jag won't look for more displacement to gain power, it will instead radically downsize by using a 1.6-liter turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder and an array of electric motors. If that sounds familiar, that's because AE suggests the high-tech powertrain will be scavenged from the defunct C-X75 supercar program (interestingly, earlier reports suggested this combination would only deliver about 500 horsepower).

AutoExpress says we're in for a bit of a wait before the F-Type R-S checks in, likely 2016 or later. Intriguing as it all sounds, we won't exactly be holding our breath...


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      tf3lau
      • 1 Year Ago
      I heard tata is also contracting with mclaren to install the P1 engine and motors into the f type, supplemented by constant nitrous and methanol, good for 3000hp, says some sources.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      i seriously hope that's not true. they should rather develop a much lighter sport version!
      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wish Jag had built the C-X75.
      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I saw it in person, I realized why it weighed so much. It is sized as a GT car, not a sports car. And the truth is, that was probably the right move for the target market. As can be seen by the Boxster/Cayman sales numbers, there are fewer folks these days who truly want a lightweight sports car. And there are fewer roads for those of us who love sports cars to drive them as intended. So the weight and size certainly drops the F-Type from my interest list, 700 horsepower or no.. But I hope it sells well for Jag's sake.
        Nick Allain
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imag
        If you wanted a light weight sports car, you'd probably just buy a BRZ. With a little massaging, it's just as capable as a base cayman.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imag
        It's got nothing to do with it being a GT. the 911 has "backseats" and still weighs hundreds less. This car is stunning, sounds amazing, and has massive power. That weight...it's just unacceptable
          Steveo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          What do you mean unacceptable? I drove the car and I love everything about it.
      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      If there's something Jag is doing right, it's the sound of their engines. The videos that came out this week of the X-X75 have sounded epic. It sounds like a superbike on crack.
      Wael Al-Rihawi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mr. Paukert is right ... all what that car needs is a very diet ... Such car should not be more than 1.2 tons
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wael Al-Rihawi
        Harris right in the other video. Get rid of all the video game do-dads like the electric rising and lowering vent, power top,video game console, etc.
          Wael Al-Rihawi
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Teleny411
          For him, you, and me it make complete sense. However, other people are crazily driven to such things. Lets face it, rising AC vents are cool and this car is all about cool and luxury. Yet, if racing teams are making car that weigh around 1.2 tons and still have a role cage that protects the driver from impacts at stratospheric speeds then auto makes should be able to make cars much lighter. I did strip a car before and the interior does not weigh that much! Science and engineering have come a long way and engines are more powerful than ever. Moreover, the chassis are fatter than ever! I know safety standards are strangling engineers, but there should be a way for optimization. Weight is the answer for the three important problems for automaker; emissions, fuel economy, and performance. I would like to say that I am very sad for what happened in Lemans.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wael Al-Rihawi
        I definitely agree that it needs to be lighter, but 1.2 tons in an absolute pipe dream. It's not THAT small. It's somewhat larger than my RX7, which weighs in at 1.4 tons while being somewhat smaller in every dimension, has a MUCH lighter engine, much smaller/lighter brakes, etc, all while only having to meet the safety requirements of 25 years ago. I'd be pleased as could be if the coupe version of the F-Type came in at 3200 lbs (1.6 tons), but even that is probably optimistic. I'll be satisfied if they can get it under 3400 lbs.
          Wael Al-Rihawi
          • 1 Year Ago
          @domingorobusto
          That is what I want it to be thus it is a dream! At least for now. Still, lets take a look at yesterdays technology. The Mosler MT900 is a huge car in terms of dimensions; however, it is still a sub 900kg vehicle in sum versions. I know it is an exotic and I should not compare it to normal cars. You need to keep in mind though that the technology is there! All what engineers need to do now is making it cost effective. They start with high end first, like what is happening at the moment, then they get to the normal stuff. Lamborghini is almost there btw. They innovated a way to make carbon tubs in seconds. Just wait a bit and it would trickle down to us.
      Tabs Luther
      • 1 Year Ago
      The C-X75 needs to be built. I dont get it, it nearly looks production ready with an interior and everything! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CspcnZ1IBs8
      dewd7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Instant classic if that is measured by my increased heart rate. I am not generally so moved. I do not see a bad line there? I await the inevitable heart breaker in British Racing Green and Tan. Would require me to get a second job. And I do not Want another job, thanks. Maybe if I ignore her, not look at the face again? Nope, I'm done, in real trouble here. Someone please find and point out the flaws here? There has to be one. I can rationalize it away with one.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Worx2749
      • 1 Year Ago
      Automatics are for wussies...this car needs a stick.
      lapetrolhead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is Autoblog using a true apples-to-apples weight comparison here? Or is the published curb weight of a Porsche a result of bare bones standard equipment vs. a Jag's typically generous standard equipment? This could explain the difference. I've driven the V8 F-Type and it is epic.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lapetrolhead
        The disparity isn't as high as they let on when comparable equipment is spec'd for each, but the Jag is still rather massively overweight for its size, and still several hundred lbs heavier than the Porsche.
      • 1 Year Ago
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