2012 New York Auto Show
Yesterday, Jaguar teased the world with the F-Type concept, or rather, it showed a very C-X16-looking taillight with the alpha-type name "F-Type" below it.
That teaser wasn't fooling anyone, though. The F-Type is the drop-top, production version of the C-X16 concept that's been floating around since the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. The minute we saw the coupe we knew this car was destined to be a convertible and had Mark Takahashi render one ASAP. While certain bits and pieces of this concept may change for the production vehicle, we are certain this car will have a soft top and not a power hardtop.
Jaguar's Ian Callum told us that a power hardtop was considered but ultimately rejected. His reasons for rejecting the power hardtop were that hardtops require a car to have a broad, square rear end, the soft top is more efficient and that the hardtop "is a piece of kinetics." The weight of a top first being high and then too far back and still high is not a trait he's looking for in this car.
When pressed for comment about the F-Type's competitors -- whether it's a Boxster fighter or an SL fighter, Jag's Adrian Hallmark broke out some interesting statistics. "In its first year, the Porsche Boxster," he said, "sold 150 percent of that category's previous year's sales." The message being that this car doesn't have a direct competitor currently and is going to hit a niche market that isn't being served yet. There's a big gap between a Boxster and an SL.
They finished the F-Type discussion on a high note. "It will be faster [than the Boxster], but less luxurious." A pure, fast roadster? We're in