The F-TYPE, Jaguar’s all-new aluminum two-seater sports car, will make its global debut in production form at the Paris Motor Show on September 27, 2012.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said, “The unveiling of the F-TYPE in Paris will be a truly significant day in Jaguar’s history as it will mark the company’s return to the sports car market, a market it originally helped to create. As its sporting forebears did in their era, the F-TYPE will break new ground by delivering stunning sports car performance while vividly demonstrating Jaguar’s cutting-edge engineering technologies and world-class design excellence. The next step in Jaguar’s sporting bloodline is about to become reality.”

The F-TYPE will be launched as a convertible with a choice of three gasoline engines: 340 hp and 380 hp versions of Jaguar’s all-new 3.0-liter supercharged V6, and a new derivative of its current supercharged 5.0-liter V8. All will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission and will be equipped with Stop/Start technology.

Prototype test program

Following the F-TYPE’s ‘camouflaged’ public drive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June of this year, testing of the final verification prototypes has continued in some of the harshest environments in the world.

This real world test program was designed to verify the staggering amount of design work that was carried out by Jaguar’s engineers in the ‘virtual world.” More than half-a-million separate F-TYPE design analyses were carried out comprising 10-million CPU hours of processing, creating more than 300 Terabytes of data. The result of all that ‘virtual’ design work is that Jaguar’s engineers are currently concentrating on honing the performance of the physical verification prototypes, to ensure the production F-TYPE delivers truly focused sports car driving reward.

Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s Vehicle Line Director said, “When you are working on a Jaguar sports car the expectations of the world are huge. We’re really pleased how the attributes have translated from the virtual simulation work we’ve done into the physical world.

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