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Jaguar F Type Coupe 1Jaguar has known to build some sexy sheetmetal.  It is hard to say without seeing it in person, but proportionally the new F-Type coupe looks like it will have that tight little muscular Aston Martin Vantage appearance.  Or a Kylie vs. a Khloe.

Anyway, here are some specs to drool over after just watching The Stig beat up on one…

JAGUAR F-TYPE COUPE JOINS JAGUAR LINEUP

U.S. Models and 2015 MSRP1
F-TYPE Coupe       $65,000
F-TYPE S Coupe   $77,000
F-TYPE R Coupe   $99,000

At-A-Glance

  • Originally penned as the C-X16 concept car by Ian Callum, the F-TYPE Coupe brings that concept car design to reality
  • The new F-TYPE Coupe model line-up is headlined by the F-TYPE R Coupe, with a 550hp 5-liter supercharged V8 engine, enabling acceleration from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph (limited)2
  • The F-TYPE Coupe is built on a rigid bonded and riveted all-aluminum platform
  • Second-generation Electronic Active Differential3 and All-new Torque Vectoring system3 to deliver enhanced agility and handling at the limit
  • V6-powered models complete the range, powered by 380hp and 340hp 3-liter supercharged V6 engines, giving 0-60 mph2 in 4.8/5.1 seconds and top speeds of 171 and 161 mph respectively
  • An optional Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system – featuring 398/380mm (15.7/15-inch) discs front/rear will be available after introduction
  • ZF Eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ transmission with full manual sequential control via steering wheel-mounted paddles or the central
  • SportShift lever
  • The F-TYPE Coupe has ample trunk space – easily accommodating two sets of golf clubs – with an available power assisted tailgate
  • The F-TYPE Coupe complements the “2013 World Car Design of the Year” winner, the F-TYPE Convertible
  • The F-TYPE Coupe range adds to the existing three-car F-TYPE Convertible model line-up; the V6-engined F-TYPE (340hp) and F-TYPE S (380hp), and the F-TYPE V8 S (495hp), which launched last year

(MAHWAH, N.J.) November 19, 2013 – The new all-aluminum F-TYPE Coupe, including the first F-TYPE R model, expands the Jaguar lineup beginning in spring 2014 starting at $65,000. Available in three versions, the F-TYPE R Coupe is powered by a 550hp 5-liter supercharged V8 engine and will reach 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph (electronically limited)2. The F-TYPE S Coupe and F-TYPE Coupe are powered by 3-liter supercharged V6 engines in 380hp and 340hp forms respectively, giving 0-60 mph in 4.8/5.1 seconds and top speeds of 171/161 mph2.


F-TYPE COUPE: DESIGN AND STRUCTURE

Visual appeal is fundamental to Jaguar and the F-TYPE Coupe builds on the design of the stunning
C-X16 concept sports Coupe and the F-TYPE Convertible which won the 2013 World Car Design of the Year award.

“Creating a sports Coupe is the purest of design tasks, and also the most challenging; get it right and aesthetically the result will be as dynamic as the car should be rewarding to drive. In F-TYPE Coupe, I believe we’ve got it right. The purity of the C-X16 concept has been retained without compromise; the long bonnet, low roofline and tapering cabin of the F-TYPE Coupe inspires me every time I see it.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

The F-TYPE Coupe visual message is defined by three key ‘heart lines’, that visual message beginning with the formidable grille. It is from the twin ‘shark gill’ openings that sit either side of the grille that the essential first heart line – which mirrors the design of the F-TYPE Convertible – flows and begins to take shape. Running up through the headlamp, and accentuated by the LED ‘J blade’ signature running lamps, the line then arcs up over the front wheel arch before dropping elegantly as it runs through the door, washing out into the muscular rear haunch.

The second heart line begins at the rear edge of the door, swelling outwards and upwards to create a visually strong wheel arch, emphasizing the car’s rear-wheel drive layout, before dropping vertically through the tail lamp.

The third heart line forms the dramatic, cabin-rearward, sweeping roof profile of the Coupe. Providing an unbroken silhouette, it highlights the visual drama of the tapered cabin nestled between the powerful rear haunches. The distinctive side window design, finished as standard in bright aluminum, accentuates both the compactness of the car and the roof profile.

The expertise at Jaguar in aluminum vehicle architecture has been essential in enabling both the uncompromised design aesthetic, while delivering the fundamental dynamic attributes – essential to any sports car – of low mass and an extremely rigid body.

A fundamental requirement for excellent dynamic attributes, delivering that rigidity figure required some innovative engineering solutions in order to maximize strength without impacting on the design vision. Due to the lack of B-pillars, Jaguar’s engineers were presented with the challenge of keeping the design’s sleek, pillarless, low roofline – combined with the need to create the optimum amount of interior space – while still achieving the necessary rigidity and strength targets. The solution was a high-strength, hydro-formed aluminum alloy beam which runs from the front of the A-pillar through to the back of the D-pillar, through the door opening line and back to the rear quarter window.

The body side of the F-TYPE Coupe is made from a single piece aluminum stamping. This cold-formed aluminum body side eliminates the requirement for multiple panels and cosmetic joints. These exceptionally deep-draw aluminum stampings have totally eliminated the requirement for joints in the panel surface. The body side panel is fabricated from high-strength and formable AC600 aluminum, which has also been used for structural reinforcement. The use of AC300 T61 aluminum in the body structure of the car provides additional strength thanks to its energy absorbing properties, helping occupant protection.

The F-TYPE Coupe is available with either aluminum or panoramic glass roof panels that are bonded into the main roof structure – torsional rigidity is identical regardless of which roof is fitted.

In order to achieve the required aesthetic at the rear of the car, the F-TYPE Coupe features a hidden rear spoiler that sits within the tapered shut-line of the tailgate, and rises at speed. The spoiler reducing lift by up to 264lbs (120kg) and automatically rises at 70 mph and lowers when the speed drops below 50 mph.

The width of the tail is emphasized by the slim, full-LED lamps that wrap all the way around the quarters almost to the trailing edge of the rear wheel arches. The tailgate, available with powered open/close functionality, is made from composite materials, the only body panel that is not aluminum.

Aluminum forms a significant part of the Jaguar commitment to sustainability, with up to half the content of the body coming from recycled metal. In addition, the structure of the F-TYPE Coupe is exclusively riveted and bonded – this manufacturing process emits up to 80% less CO2 compared to that from welding a comparable steel structure. Jaguar is also rolling out its closed-loop aluminum recycling system to its suppliers, ensuring all scraps of metal from the manufacturing process are reused.

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