Jaguar F-Type drops its top in Paris, world swoons

‘Twas the night before the Paris Motor Show and while we were sleeping, Jaguar officially ripped the covers off its new F-Type convertible.

The rather sexy two-seat convertible will no doubt have scribes reaching for their best Austin Powers-related puns. The latest embodiment of the Shaguar can be ordered with your choice of V6 or V8 supercharged petrol engines.

Model Engine Power Torque 0 to 100km/h Top speed
F-Type 3-litre V6 supercharged 250kW 450Nm 5.3s 259km/h
F-Type S 3-litre V6 supercharged 279kW 460Nm 4.9s 275km/h
F-Type V8 S 5-litre V8 supercharged 364kW 624Nm 4.3s 299km/h

All engines are fitted with a 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shift paddles and quick-acting automatic engine stop/start to improve fuel economy.

A strong, but lightweight aluminium body ensures that the two-seat F-Type convertible isn’t too portly, with the entry-level supercharged V6 model weighing just shy of 1,600kg. The exterior not only looks ready to charm the pants off anyone, but it also features a rear spoiler that pops up and down automatically. To improve aerodynamics, as well as looks, the F-Type features flush-fitting hidden door handles which pop out automatically when you use the remote control plipper or when you run your fingers over a touch-sensitive pad.

The F-Type’s canvas roof folds away in 12 seconds and can operate at speeds up to around 50km/h. The thin rear lights use LED technology, while at the front there’s xenon headlights and LED driving lights.

Jaguar has yet to say much about the equipment or entertainment and nav system present in the F-Type, except that there are two premium Meridian sound systems on offer: a 380W 10-speaker version or a more expensive 770W 12-speaker iteration.

In the “base” supercharged V6 model, the F-Type is kitted out with 18-inch alloy wheels.

Step up to the F-Type S and not only is there a more powerful version of the supercharged V6 engine, but also Configurable Dynamics, lap timer, G-meter, 19-inch alloys, mechanical limited-slip differential, an Active Exhaust system which enhances the exhaust note when you’re driving enthusiastically, and Dynamic Launch Mode for the fastest getaways possible.

In the, for now, range-topping F-Type V8 S there’s 20-inch alloys, four exhaust pipes (two on each side), electronic limited-slip diff and also extra aerodynamic and styling elements, such as vanes underneath the shark gilles.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]