Jaguar plans to price its new F-Type convertible sports car to compete with rival German automaker, Porsche, in an attempt to narrow the sales gap between the two automakers.
The F-Type two-seater, which was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show this weekend, will be priced starting at 73,400. Porsche’s Boxter S convertible has an entry price point of 59,120 euros and the company’s most affordable 911 has a sticker price of 88,037 euros.
The top-of-the-line, V-8 F-Type is intended to compete directly with the Porsche 911 Carrera S. The V-8-fitted F-Type features a 495-hp, 5.0-liter supercharged engine and will reportedly accelerate from a standing start to 100 kph in a mere 4.2 seconds; beating the Porsche coupe’s 4.4 seconds.
The entry-level F-type will feature a 340-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 supercharged engine that will accelerate to 100kph in a respectable 5.3 seconds. A mid-level F-Type will also be available. It will be powered by the same V-6 engine found in the entry-level model but will feature an additional 40-hp.
According to Jaguar, the F-Type will feature rigid and lightweight metal extensions in the front sub-frame, and double wishbone front and rear suspensions. The F-Type will be the smallest model in Jaguar’s production line. But, at 1,597kg, the V-6 variant will outweigh both the 1,470kg Porsche 911 Cabriolet and the 1,380kg Porsche Boxter.
Jaguar says it has worked at making the F-Type more responsive and fun to drive. The V-8 variant will feature an electronically controlled limited slip differential to deliver increased torque to the wheel with the best road contact. The two S models will be equipped with mechanical versions of the advanced differential and will feature Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics damper system, which automatically responds to various driving styles.
All three F-Type variants will feature an eight-speed automatic transmission. Manual shifting will be available via paddles.
The new F-Type draws heavily on the E-Type and roadster models, with narrow, horizontally-oriented tail lights and twin, center tailpipes. Also evident are many of the contemporary design elements featured in the C-X16 concept model that debuted at last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show.
The F-Type is scheduled to go on sale next spring, and Jaguar is reportedly considering adding a coupe and hybrid variant to the lineup.