Typically convertibles are spun off of coupes, but sometimes it goes the other way. Like the Porsche Cayman that was based on the Boxster, the Lotus Exige spun off of the Elise, and the Jaguar F-Type, which arrived as a roadster before the coupe debuted. But if the latest reports are to be believed, Jaguar could be planning something in between.

According to Auto Express (which has, mind you, been known to stretch the rumors out some), Jaguar is toying with the idea of offering a partial convertible version of the F-Type – something Porsche would call a Targa (and which we would too if Stuttgart weren't so litigiously protective of the name). The additional roof configuration would give the F-Type three body-styles, giving its customers more choices.

It wouldn't be the only sports car to offer three roof options: There's the Porsche 911, of course. Ferrari once offered GTB, GTS and Spider versions of the 348 and 355. The Chevy Corvette has been offered in all three forms, as was the Pontiac Solstice many moons ago. But that kind of variety in roof configurations has become scarce. Jaguar's decision reportedly depends on whether it can make the business case or not. Do you think there'd be enough demand for a lift-roof F-Type?

Should Jaguar make an F-Type with a removable roof panel?
Sounds good to me! 4833 (58.5%)
The coupe and convertible are enough already. 2474 (29.9%)
I dunno, I guess I'd have to see it to decide. 959 (11.6%)


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      mix35
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cannot decide which is sexier, the roadster or the coupe. Wish I could afford both. The new F-Type has got to be one of the hotest designs on the roads now
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      That red is quite amazing.
      djpatrick35
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should spend the money on a manual trans before they put it into a targa top! Then and only then would I buy this over the C7 Vette. And yes, I can afford both cars, but that shouldn't matter. Sports cars should have manuals because they are better for driver involvement. Obviously not for speed anymore; that honor goes for DCTs, but for driver involvement and fun, nothing beats a third pedal.
        Moreno636
        • 1 Year Ago
        @djpatrick35
        Yes SPORTS cars that are meant for speed and performance should have a slower transmission. Riiiiighhhtttt....next we'll have people asking for fighter planes with propellers because they look and sound more fun.
      Andyz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess you can add other variations including a removable hardtop for the convertible (would anybody do this these days), then a folding hard top that looks like the coupe(ish) and TVR once made 'Surrey" roof, half convertible at the rear and a removable panel for the roof. In my mind they could all work. Not sure if low volume production it would affect Jag, they keep talking about making the cost case, but I know JLR have moved away from the bean counter parts bin usage and production methods of Ford (and we know how well that worked)
      Malou H
      • 1 Year Ago
      It will still cost more than a corvette i like this car but rather have the vette. The Porsche Targa should have had a pop top too but NO We all know how "elegant" that looks folding (not)
      Rochester
      • 1 Year Ago
      Without a proper transmission in this otherwise excellent car... I just don't care.
        benjamin_braddock
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rochester
        What proper transmission would you really like to see that isn't offered already?
          Rochester
          • 1 Year Ago
          @benjamin_braddock
          Obviously, a manual, as MechE answered already. Any monkey can drive an automatic. Takes all the joy out of driving when you aren't a part of it.
          MechE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @benjamin_braddock
          Obviously a manual, or at least a DCT. I could care less about a DCT, in the world of automatics a properly sorted TC tranny is fine. However I far prefer a manual in most cars and usually if there is no stick the car is automatically off my radar (or in this case my dream car list).
          Moreno636
          • 1 Year Ago
          @benjamin_braddock
          LOL...says a dude whose actually never driven a high performance car with a DCT. Who are these dummies that get joy out of going slower in a performance car??? And you idiots have the nerve to call ricers poseurs.
      amcdonal86
      • 1 Year Ago
      I doubt there's enough demand for one type of F-Type, let alone three. They are piling up in dealer lots across the country! Sexy isn't enough when your competitor is the 911!
        CJ_313
        • 1 Year Ago
        @amcdonal86
        I don't think they're "piling up". There's only a couple hundred for sale on AutoTrader, and nearly all of the new ones are listed for MSRP, with the few used ones not much cheaper.
      fpb300
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about a coupe with a sun roof?
      Andrew Pappas
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uh...when was the solstice sold with a hard top?
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Pappas
        Google Solstice coupe. Beautiful car and I think they only made a couple hundred as it came out right before Pontiac was killed
        thumerzs
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Pappas
        I remember they were having a tough time giving the last of them away in the rush to get all the Pontiac stores shut down. Coulda had one for a song - I think there was a $5000 rebate just to move the thing. Thought to myself - that Solstice coupe with be worth big bucks someday as a collectible. Didn't spring for one only because the idiot engineers didn't figure a storage location for the roof into the equation and I wanted something I could actually drive topless out of town. . I don't even want to know if I was right about their "future" value.
          waetherman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thumerzs
          Cars are never good investments, no matter how collectible they might be. You're usually better off putting the same money in a money market fund. Cars are for driving.
        EB110Americana
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Pappas
        Pappas is correct. All "hard top" Solstices are actually targas. It is hard to tell from the outside, but the panel comes off if it's not a convertible.
          Andrew Pappas
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EB110Americana
          Exactly, convertible or Targa....no hardtop.
        LynxFX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Pappas
        I kid you not, I saw a hard top Solstice this morning. I believe they made 800-1000 of them during the final year Pontiac was around.
      Sanchez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's not forget the BMW Z3 and later Z3 Coupe and M Coupe.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      thumerzs
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd love it. I'd love it more if it (targa) were offered on a car I could actually afford!
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