Only the Brits would come to Paris to unveil a new convertible in the pouring rain. But Jaguar is hoping that the soggy send-off for the new F-Type sports car won’t dampen the reception for the long-awaited “spiritual successor” to the legendary Jaguar E-Type.
The new F-Type will get its official debut on Thursday, during the opening press day of the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The maker offered relatively few details about the new sports car during the Wednesday sneak peek, but TheDetroitBureau.com has gotten an inside look at Jaguar’s ambitious plans – which include a range of additional F-Type variants that will come to market during the new model’s likely 6- to 8-year lifecycle.
Among other things, expect to see even more powerful versions of the Jaguar F-Type than the 495-horsepower supercharged V-8 that will reach showrooms early next year. An all-wheel-drive model may very well be in the works, TheDetroitBureau.com learned, though a diesel model is not in the cards.
Meanwhile, Jaguar hopes to capture as much as 10% of the global sports car market, Andy Goss, CEO of Jaguar-Land Rover North America revealed, in part by pricing the new F-Type between the Porsche Boxster and 911 models.