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What The F-Type Took So Long?!

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On: Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 2:48PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

What The F-Type Took So Long?!

For those that are lucky enough to remember the Hot Rods of the 1960's and '70's, there were some tough choices to make back then if you were in the market for a new sports car. Not only was there an array of phenomenal domestic cars on the market to choose from, there were some fantastic cars coming in from overseas. One of the prettiest out there was the venerable E-Type, which caused many potential owners lots of grief -- Corvette or E-Type? E-Type or Corvette? Although we're quite sure that those that selected the car bearing the crossed flags made the right decision, the E-Type could certainly make any one wonder, "What if ..." every now and then.

Well, a whole new generation of buyers are finally about to experience the agony of that same decision. After what seems to be about a millennium, Jaguar has announced it will bring back a sporty model that will be the unofficial modern-day evolution of the E-Type, known appropriately as the F-Type. Coming in 2013, the F-Type will be one hot ticket based in no small part on the C-X16 concept car Jaguar debuted last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The first-in-a-long-time two-seat Jag will be a sinuous sportster that promises to come in several hundred pounds lighter than the current (and only) sports car representative -- the XKR-S. Although the F-Type will not sport the electric motor the concept car was shown with, what it will have is a very potent supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that is rumored to make just shy of 400 horsepower. There is talk of a V8 making an appearance, but with a near-400 horsepower V6, there might not be a need for anything bigger right off the bat. But, we hear rumors of an F-Type R that will sport a supercharged V8, more than likely come in just over 500 horsepower and just under 500 pound-feet of torque, which would make the already formidable F-Type a true supercar contender. A paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic transmission will handle gear changing, with the possibility of even a six-speed manual making an appearance. The car will also sport an intelligent start/stop function that will help fuel economy a bit. Obviously, no official numbers are available yet, but 60 mph should arrive in the high 4-second range, on its way to a high 12-second quarter-mile pass and a terminal velocity of 180 mph.

The F-Type will be Jaguar's new poster-child in the hopes it will draw in a whole new crop of buyers, and lure some indecisive money-makers that might be considering a wide range of vehicles, including the Porsche 911, Boxster, Mercedes SL, BMW Z4, and of course, the Corvette. The F-Type will use prodigious amounts of aluminum, leather, and carbon fiber to bring about a very, very tantalizing option for those with cash to spend that might just make up for the decades the public was denied this car. The F-Type will arrive the middle of next year, and then a whole new group of sports car fanatics will have some very, very difficult (and enviable) choices to make.

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