Jaguar planning more hardcore F-Type?

March 31, 2014
A new report indicates Jaguar is planning on launching a more hardcore version of the F-Type sports car that would slot above the existing R model.

Tentatively called F-Type Club Sport, the range-topping coupe will be up to 440 pounds lighter than the current F-Type Coupe thanks to a Spartan interior devoid of all superfluous equipment and numerous carbon fiber components including the seats as well as several body panels.

Power will likely come from the F-Type R’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine. The mill will send 541 horsepower and 501 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheels, enabling the F-Type Club Sport to reach 62 mph from a stop in just 3.5 seconds.

Although undeniably sportier than any member of the F-Type model, the rumored Club Sport version will still remain comfortable to live with on a daily basis.

“It depends on how far you want to take a lightweight F-Type. I would like to take it to the point where it’s still this car and not a different car. I wouldn’t want to turn it into something like an Elise,” explained Russ Varney, the F-Type program director, in an interview with Australian website Motoring.

Jaguar is expected to rule on whether to bring the F-Type Club Sport to production before the end of the year. The automaker has calculated it would need to sell about 500 examples a year worldwide in order for the project to get the green light for production.

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