Jaguar F-Type coupe set for LA Motor Show debut
The Jaguar F-Type coupé is claimed by its makers to be, “the most dynamically capable, performance-focused, production Jaguar ever”, and one look at its swooping lines makes us think they’re probably right.
The coupe makes its global debut on November 19 on the eve of the Los Angeles motor show, which opens to the public the following day.
Like the convertible model already on sale here and priced from around $135,000, the coupe also features an all-aluminium body but in this hardtop version there’s a large glass roof. The car’s design is closely based on the C-X16 concept, the car which caused such a stir when it was unveiled at the Frankfurt show in 2011.
Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design, said, “the excitement generated when we revealed the C-X16 concept was terrific, so to now be on the cusp of what I can assure you will be a drama-filled reveal event in Los Angeles for F-Type coupé is a very significant moment.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to F-Type convertible, but for me the purity of creating a sports coupé is a uniquely satisfying process – and I know that both visually and dynamically, F-type coupé raises the bar yet again.”
Of course, as they say, he would say that, wouldn’t he? But even a cursory glance is enough to provide little doubt the F-Type is set to become a classic of our time.
Engines are likely to be the same as in the convertible, so a V6 and V8, though Jaguar are remaining tight-lipped at the moment on a likely arrival date Down Under for the coupe, and pricing is yet to be announced. More news as soon as we have it…
The lead-up to the debut of the Jaguar F-Type has hit a speed hump with college student, Rob Barker, 18, snapping a pic of a camouflaged Jaguar F-Type coupe at his local shopping centre.
According to The Scotsman newspaper which ran the pic you see here, “The Jaguar test driver made a hasty exit when he saw the college student with his camera, but not before the teenager got off a few shots. Mr Barker said: ‘I spotted this Jaguar prototype at the Shire’s shopping park in Leamington on Sunday afternoon.
‘As soon as I saw it I knew it was a prototype from either Aston Martin or Jaguar/Land Rover.
‘They are always wrapped in this strange camouflage to hide the body so that people can’t see what’s underneath, but I think it’s very eye-catching.
‘The car sounded incredible and looked amazing too. I’ve never really liked Jaguars, but the latest models are certainly changing my view,'” he said.