Jaguar F-Type

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Jaguar F-TYPE
CIAS 2013 - 2014 Jaguar F-Type Convertible (8514795962).jpg
2013-2014 Jaguar F-TYPE
Overview
Manufacturer Jaguar Cars
Production 2013–present
Assembly Castle Bromwich Assembly, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Designer Ian Callum[1]
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door roadster
2-door coupé
Layout FR layout
Related Jaguar C-X16 concept car
Powertrain
Engine 3.0 L V6 S/C petrol 340 PS (250 kW)[2]
3.0 L V6 S/C petrol 380 PS (279 kW)[2]
5.0 L V8 S/C petrol 495 PS (364 kW)[2]
5.0 L V8 S/C petrol 550 PS (405 kW)
5.0 L V8 S/C petrol 575 PS (423 kW) (Project 7)
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,622 mm (103.2 in)[2]
Length 4,470 mm (176 in)[2]
Width 1,923 mm (75.7 in)[2]
Height 1,308 mm (51.5 in)[2]
Kerb weight 1,597 kg (3,521 lb) F-TYPE
1,614 kg (3,558 lb) F-TYPE S
1,665 kg (3,671 lb) F-TYPE V8 S[2]
Chronology
Predecessor Jaguar E-Type[1]

The Jaguar F-TYPE is a two-seat sports car, based on a shortened platform of the XK convertible, manufactured by Jaguar Cars from 2013.[3] It is the spiritual successor to the famous E-Type.[4]

The car was launched initially as a soft-top convertible, later with a coupé version launched in 2013.[5]

C-X16 concept (2011)[edit]

Main article: Jaguar C-X16
Jaguar C-X16

The C-X16 form takes cues from Jaguar's 2010 C-X75 plug-in hybrid concept supercar, including the shape of the front grille and the wrap-around rear lights, and also has a side-hinged opening rear window reminiscent of the 1961 E-Type.[6]

The C-X16, was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Jaguar stated that the C-X16 was their smallest car since the 1954 Jaguar XK120, at: 4,445 mm (175.0 inches) length; 2,048 mm (80.6 inches) width; 1,297 mm (51.1 inches) height.[7]

The F-TYPE was developed under the project code "X152".[8]

Initial release[edit]

F-TYPE Convertible (2013–)[edit]

The convertible version of F-TYPE was first revealed in Sundance, London[9] which was followed by a presentation at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed (with an F-TYPE chassis).[10]

Initial F-TYPE convertible models include the F-TYPE (340 PS), F-TYPE S (380 PS) and F-TYPE V8 S (495 PS).[11]

F-TYPE Coupé (2014–)[edit]

The coupé version was unveiled in 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show (F-TYPE R Coupé)[12][13] and 2013 Tokyo Motor Show,[14] followed by 2013 Jaguar Academy of Sport Annual Awards,[15] an exclusive event in Canary Wharf, London.[16]

The vehicle was set to go on sale in spring 2014. Launch models scheduled include the F-TYPE (340 PS), F-TYPE S (380 PS) and F-TYPE R (550 PS).[17]

Chassis[edit]

The F-TYPE uses an all-aluminium chassis, sound and vibration insulation is provided by the addition of a special underbody tray and engine mounts, and a double bulkhead between the engine bay and passenger compartment. The convertible roof is an electrically operated retractable fabric hood. Jaguar says by eschewing metal it can keep the car’s centre of gravity low, while a Thinsulate layer means thermal and sound insulation is akin to a solid roof.[18]

Powertrain[edit]

The entry-level F-TYPE uses Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine, good for 340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp), 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 5.1 seconds, and a top speed of 161 mph (259 km/h). In the middle comes the F-TYPE S, with the same engine tuned for 380 PS (279 kW; 375 hp), a top speed of 171 mph (275 km/h), and 0 to 60  mph in 4.8 seconds. The top of the range model is the V8 S, with Jaguar’s 5.0-litre, 495 PS (364 kW; 488 hp) supercharged petrol engine.[18] The layout is front-engined, rear-wheel-drive. The gearbox is an eight-speed automatic with paddle-shifters offering manual override. There is a mechanical limited-slip differential on the V6 S and an electronic limited-slip differential on the V8. The engine choices will remain unchanged for F-TYPE Coupé, but with the addition of a higher performance V8 R model producing 550 PS (400 kW; 540 hp) in lieu of the convertible V8 S model.[18]

Model[2] Years Body Style Engine type Power@rpm, Torque@rpm Emissions (CO
2
)
3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol 2013– Coupe & Convertible 2,995 cc (183 cu in) (AJ126) 340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp)@6500, 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)@3500–5000 209 g/km
3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol 2013– Coupe & Convertible 2,995 cc (183 cu in) (AJ126) 380 PS (279 kW; 375 hp)@6500, 460 N·m (339 lb·ft)@3500–5000 213 g/km
5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol 2013– Convertible 5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133) 495 PS (364 kW; 488 hp)@6500, 625 N·m (461 lb·ft)@2500–5500 259 g/km
5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol 2014– Coupe 5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133) 550 PS (405 kW; 542 hp)@6500, 680 N·m (502 lb·ft)@2500–5500 259 g/km
5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol 2014– Convertible Project 7 5,000 cc (305 cu in) (AJ133) 575 PS (423 kW; 567 hp), 680 N·m (502 lb·ft)

Suspension[edit]

The F-TYPE has double-wishbone front and rear suspension with adaptive dampers and adjustable suspension settings to allow the driver to adjust ride and handling. The F-TYPE has a total of 25 different driving modes programmed to suit different road conditions and driving styles.[18]

Interior[edit]

The F-TYPE is a two-seater

The F-TYPE interior has a two-seater setup with the leather interior and control buttons finished in aluminium. There is a touchscreen display in the centre console and another TFT display between the dials in the instrument panel. There is also a choice of flat-bottom or alcantara finish for the three-spoke steering wheel and buttons finished in soft-feel matt black.[18]

Equipment[edit]

Jaguar has introduced a stop-start engine shutoff function, which Jaguar claims boosts economy by 5 percent.[18]

The F-TYPE has bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, along with full LED lighting at the rear. The S and V8 S versions get an “active exhaust system” which opens special valves over 3,000 rpm to intensify the sound profile.[18]

There is a retractable rear wing spoiler and door handles that are left hidden with the bodywork until needed. The fabric hood raises or lowers in 12 seconds, and can be used when the car is moving at up to 48 km/h (30 mph).[18]

The audio systems offered, use Meridian technology with either 380 W spread across ten speakers or 770 W across twelve speakers.[18]

Production[edit]

Jaguar UK ambassador José Mourinho became the first customer to take delivery of the new F-TYPE Coupé in March 2014.[19]

Marketing and reception[edit]

In August 2012, it was announced that American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey would be the face of the F-TYPE, which premiered at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012.[20]

In April 2013 a short film called Desire was launched at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival[21] to promote the Jaguar F-TYPE. Directed by Adam Smith from Ridley Scott Associates, starring Damian Lewis, Jordi Molla and Shannyn Sossamon. New Musical Express called the film "typically sumptuous promo features heavy product placement".[22]

As part of convertible launch celebration in the UK, Jaguar launched its #YourTurnBritain campaign; inviting people to share photos that encapsulate the best of modern Britain through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr. The best images submitted would win one of four unforgettable F-TYPE driving experiences. A fleet of Union Jack liveried F-TYPEs embarked on a 'Best of British' promotional tour as part of the car's launch activity and Jaguar's #YourTurnBritain social media campaign, with the help of ambassadors Jamie Campbell Bower, Alice Temperley, MistaJam, Graeme Swann and Jimmy Anderson. The tour started in London in August 2013 and visited Leeds and Newcastle (12th), Edinburgh and Glasgow (13th), Manchester and Liverpool (14th), Sheffield, Nottingham and Birmingham (15th) Cardiff, Bristol and Oxford (16th). Londoners would also be able to see the cars from 12–23 August as they took residence at Canary Wharf.[23]

David Gandy was featured in a Jaguar F-TYPE convertible film titled 'Escapism'. In the film, Gandy gives us insight into his life as he invites us on a road trip that starts at dusk as he escapes 'the craziness of London'. David Gandy: Escapism features the style icon driving his favourite British heritage cars from the C-Type, E-Type and XKSS, through to the very latest F-TYPE. The film was previewed at 2013 Goodwood Revival.[24]

As part of F-TYPE coupé launch in the US, a 60-second TV commercial titled 'Rendezvous' was premiered the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII.[25] In addition, a dozen New York City Subway trains were wrapped with ads advertising the F-TYPE in preparation for the Super Bowl XLVIII.[26] On February 2, 2014, Jaguar unveiled the new coupe through a Super Bowl advertisement. The "British Villains" campaign (created by SPARK44, managed by Mindshare) captures the premise that Brits have long made the best villains in landmark films, combining intelligence with charm, restlessness with calm, and are always confident. Jaguar emphasised the idea that British were considered "bad" by Americans because of Hollywood movies always portraying villains to be British. Sir Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Strong all support the villainous way of life as being good. Using these "villains" as the face of Jaguar helped support the edgy side of the luxury brand. This Super Bowl advertisement also challenged other luxury automotive markets in the US stating that Jaguar is just as edgy or maybe more than the other luxury automotive brands.[27] The 'Rendezvous' commercial launched the campaign, which introduces the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe and features the campaign's unique hashtag, #GoodToBeBad. Following the 'Rendezvous' commercial premiere at Super Bowl XLVIII, 'The Set-Up' commercial was premiered on 2014-01-11-12, and the YouTube premiere of 'Rendezvous' on 2014-01-28. "Rendezvous" was filmed by Hooper in London in a creative partnership with his Smuggler Films production house. The spot's original score for "Rendezvous" was composed and conducted by Alexandre Desplat, who worked with Tom Hooper on The Kings Speech and recorded by The London Symphony Orchestra at the iconic Abbey Road studios. Jaguar also hosted the campaign page, www.BritishVillains.com, with information about the F-TYPE Coupe, the commercial and some unique video content including teasers starring each of the three actors. In addition to broadcast, the multi-channel campaign's Super Bowl efforts included unique outdoor creative throughout New York City, print, digital and consumer activations hosted with a wide array of media partners, and special events in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. The British Villains campaign continues with regularly updated content through July 2014.[28]

As part of Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé launch in China, David Beckham joined Jaguar as a brand ambassador. The print creative material used in this campaign was produced by fashion photographer and filmmaker Peter Lindbergh.[29]

Limited editions[edit]

Project 7[edit]

The Project 7 is based on the F-TYPE Convertible, powered by a 5.0 V8 Supercharged engine, developing 575 PS (423 kW). Only up to 250 will be made and is Jaguar's most powerful production car ever. The body is 100% aluminium, reminiscing historical D-Type LeMans winner.[30] Visually, it sports an 'Aero Haunch' behind the driver, similar to the 1950's D-Type, a quad exhaust and additional rear spoiler. It has a claimed acceleration of 0-60 mph in 3.8 secs and top speed: 186 mph.

References[edit]

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  9. ^ ’Desire’ Starring Damian Lewis And The New Jaguar F-TYPE Launched Today Online And At Sundance London
  10. ^ Jaguar F-TYPE Design Study to Debut with New XFR-S, XJR and XKR-S GT at Goodwood Festival of Speed
  11. ^ Jaguar F-TYPE Unveiled in Paris
  12. ^ All-New Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé Revealed at High-Speed During Exclusive Los Angeles VIP Event
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  14. ^ Jaguar Secures Coveted Broadcast Advertising Slot During Super Bowl XLVIII
  15. ^ Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe Exclusively Previewed At The Jaguar Academy Of Sport Annual Awards
  16. ^ F-TYPE Coupé Unveiled To Exclusive London Audience With José Mourinho
  17. ^ F-TYPE Coupé to Make Dynamic Debut in Los Angeles
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  22. ^ "Unveils 'Burning Desire' Video". New Musical Express. 
  23. ^ Union Jack Liveried F-TYPEs Unleashed To Celebrate #Yourturnbritain Campaign
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  25. ^ Evil Brits star in Jaguar's first-ever Super Bowl commercial
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  27. ^ Here's Jaguar's Cinematic Super Bowl Ad Explaining Why All The Best Movie Villains Are British
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