Jaguar’s story is not unlike that of car makers such as Kia and Hyundia, who have come back from an otherwise “different” reputation and have since taken the market by surprise. Look back through the pages of car history and you’ll discover a much different type of Jaguar than exists today. From the car’s birth in 1935 up until around 2003, the brand has been mostly looked upon as your upper-class saloon car complete with luxurious amenities – not necessarily a fast and sporty race car.
Since Tata Motors’ acquisition of Jaguar however, things have been changing. Accordingly, the F-Type is the newest cat in the lineup, and it is set to be produced and sold in mid 2013. The car is based on a concept that was debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year called the C-X16 (shown below).
Full details are yet to be unveiled, but what we know so far is that the F-Type will be smaller than the current offerings, and will likely come loaded with a retooled 3.0 liter, supercharged V6 packing 376 horsepower. One of our favorite likely features of the car’s engine is a “push to pass” button, which essentially uses a hybrid system to add a 92 hp boost to the engine on-demand; that’s just neat.
Other than that, look forward to more information later this year as we go into the Paris Motor Show in late September. As you can guess from the above “disguised” image, Jaguar may have a few other tricks up their sleeve.
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