21st Century : Cars : Jaguar F Type Concept
When, in 1961, Jaguar launched the E-Type, to say it was a head-turner would be a definite understatement. Now, in 2000, Jaguar have done it again with the new F-Type concept roadster which was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Inspired by the XK180 concept car revealed at the Paris Salon in 1998, Jaguar designers set out to create the ideal, compact Jaguar roadster, evoking the spirit of the legendary E-type.
The new Jaguar is designed to accept a range of powertrain options, starting with the 240 horsepower AJ-V6 engine successfully introduced in the S-TYPE saloon, while a supercharged version with around 300 horsepower is also a possibility. Automatic or manual transmissions would drive the rear wheels, while all-wheel drive is a production-feasible option.
As far as useability goes, the vehicle does not sacrifice practicality for appearance. Jaguar designers have ensured that this concept car could be made production-ready without sacrificing its roadster spirit.
Various up from AJ-V6
The Jaguar website