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2014 Jaguar F-Type Debut

Jag's new roadster aims squarely at the Porsche 911

What's New

The 2014 Jaguar F-Type is an all-new model joining the British automaker's stable. Design-wise, the F-Type shares similar styling traits with the C-X16 concept coupe that bowed back at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Both the front and rear end are prime examples of this including the J-Blade headlights and catfish-esque grille. The ghost of the E-Type lives on very subtly through certain styling cues on the F-Type. A downward sloping line at the rear of the two-seater is the most noticeable of any E-Type influence.

Who's If For

Jaguar has made it no secret who it's gunning for with the all-new F-Type. It was created for two reasons: first, liven up Jag's portfolio a bit; and second, take a piece of the roadster pie away from the Porsche 911. That's easier said than done, as the 2012 Porsche 911 continues to earn praise. There's no doubt that the 2014 Jaguar F-Type's style by itself will conjure up a fan base, quickly but overthrowing the 911 will take some time if it even happens at all. We're interested to see where the 2014 Jaguar F-Type lands in the fight for two-seater supremacy.

Key Features

The 2014 Jaguar F-Type is the first example of the British automaker's plans to take a step in a more lively direction. Some of the standard features to help paint that picture include:
  • A total of three supercharged engines: the new 3.0-liter V-6 engine that's rated at either 340 or 380 horsepower depending on how it's tuned; and Jag's boisterous 5.0-liter V-8 engine rated at 495 hp.
  • All engines will be mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission known to Jaguar execs as "Quickshift."
  • Aggressive exterior styling cues channel the C-X16 coupe concept and there's trace amounts of the E-Type woven in as well.
  • The F-Type includes two of Jaguar's most important ideals; the use of aluminum during construction and superchargers.

What We Think

The 2014 Jaguar F-Type has a tall order to fill if it's to topple the Porsche 911 off its sports-car-supremacy perch. Many have come claiming it will break the 911's hold on the segment; all have failed. However, if Jaguar was able to bake its new company direction and cores into the F-Type like it said it has, the 911 may have some viable competition for the first time in a while. We interested in seeing how the F-Type rides and where, exactly, will it place in the battle against the 911. Stay tuned for our first drive impressions which are expected next year when the F-Type makes it over to the states.

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